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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby allritecoach » Mon May 17, 2010 2:08 pm

How many bottle calves would you put in an 8' by 8' (16' hog panel bent into an L shape) pen? I have an old pole shed with 12' by 54' concrete pen and I was wondering how may calves I could put in it.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby sarah » Wed May 19, 2010 6:21 am

I read through the whole thread and found it very informative. Thank you.

I couldn't find anything about when to introduce grain/ration to their diet? I bought calf starter coarse mix ration, on the label it states from 1 week old on..? She will be two weeks the end of this week and I want to do things right. Any ideas?
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Postby dun » Wed May 19, 2010 6:27 am

sarah wrote:I read through the whole thread and found it very informative. Thank you.

I couldn't find anything about when to introduce grain/ration to their diet? I bought calf starter coarse mix ration, on the label it states from 1 week old on..? She will be two weeks the end of this week and I want to do things right. Any ideas?

We used to have the calf starter in front of them starting from day one. They wouldn;t eat much if any for a couple of days but curiosity would get them and they would at least start nibbling at it within the first week or so. So, put it in front of it now. Small amounts and keep it freshened up.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby sarah » Wed May 19, 2010 6:31 am

Brilliant, thank you! I got so much conflicting advice from friends and vets - it was slightly driving me around the bend! I'll offer some to her now and will keep it freshened up!
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Postby dun » Wed May 19, 2010 6:32 am

sarah wrote:Brilliant, thank you! I got so much conflicting advice from friends and vets - it was slightly driving me around the bend! I'll offer some to her now and will keep it freshened up!

If she isn;t into it pretty well after a week or so you might want to poke some in her mouth after she finishes her bottle. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn;t
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby regolith » Thu May 20, 2010 1:33 am

I had to convert to metric, but I'd hazard a guess that shed would hold 40 max, the pen four, till no more than 3 - 4 weeks of age.

Be interesting to see what others think.

Dun is right re grain. Put it in front of them as early as you like and they'll eat it as they need it and when they've learned that it's food.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby larryshoat » Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:04 pm

Rego's about right on the money, I figure about 15 square feet per calf.

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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby sarah » Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:56 am

dun wrote:If she isn;t into it pretty well after a week or so you might want to poke some in her mouth after she finishes her bottle. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn;t


Good advice, she is eating it now after I stuffed some in her mouth after the bottle. She loves it now.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby adashky » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:58 am

I have a 21 day old heifer that I have been treating for a navel infection for a week. I have been having to tube feed her for that long. She won't go to the cow and I can't get her to take a bottle. Any suggestions on how to get her on a bottle until she will go back to the cow?
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Postby Suzie Q » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:36 pm

I would say lift the head up so as she has to put her mouth up to reach the teat of the bottle. Put the teat in the mouth and squeeze so as milk goes in her mouth. You might have to do this for quite a while. Say 10 minutes till they get the idea.

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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby adashky » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:20 pm

Suzie Q wrote:I would say lift the head up so as she has to put her mouth up to reach the teat of the bottle. Put the teat in the mouth and squeeze so as milk goes in her mouth. You might have to do this for quite a while. Say 10 minutes till they get the idea.

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I took a 1 quart bottle to her at 1:00 this afternoon and worked with her for 15 minutes. I squeezed her jaws, rubbed her neck, had my daughter rub her back end with a wet wash cloth. After 15 mins all that was gone from the bottle was 1/2 pint and I would say most of ended up on the floor.....after it ran down my hand!
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby Suzie Q » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:37 pm

I just read in the other thread that you have the calf in with the cow and that she can walk. You have no idea how much milk she is getting by herself. If she is getting milk from the cow, she will not be thirsty and will not drink from a bottle no matter how much you try.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby Chuckie » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:54 am

Excellent post Milkmaid. Nice to have before hand when that bottle baby arrives.
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Re: bottle calves for newbies

Postby hayray » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:58 pm

I have a calf that is about 6 days old now, got caught in a cold rain a couple days ago and looked pretty weak. The next day I tubed it and put it in the barn. I saw when it was born it was up and trying to nurse, not sure if it actually got any colostrum. Anyways, got momma tied up and put the calf on a teat, it had no urge at all to suckle, took about 10 minutes to get it to, but it will not pick up the end of the teat on its own, just nuzzles around the bag and suckles on everything else. It is strong enough now while it is out on pasture to walk up and stick it's head into between the hind legs and suckle the vestigal teats, no way it grabs ahold of the big ones. So I am still tubing it twice a day because it sure don't act very strong so I don't think it is getting much milk. How long should I give this calf before I just need to pull it out of pasture and treat it as a bottle calf?
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