1 month old calf developed scours

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  1. freedomfrom4

    freedomfrom4 Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 bottle baby Jersey calves. Tonight 2 are scouring. They are about 1 month old or a little more. Lots of liquid poo. I thought they were peeing. It is not bloody. They still eat good. Gave them milk like regular. One had Nuflor antibiotic 1.5 weeks ago for pnemonia. I was going to get electrolytes for them but what else? They are kinda old to be doing this to me :( They are still eating and look perky.
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    Lori
     
  2. haypoint

    haypoint Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Have you read the "sticky" on new calves? You need to rehydrate them right away, often "going to get" is too late.
     

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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Lori, do they have a fever? Topside
     
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    Any diet changes, access to fresh grass?
     
  5. freedomfrom4

    freedomfrom4 Well-Known Member

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    Now my son has scours too. It might be something catching.
    Topside We lost the thermometer but thier behavior isn't indicative of them being sick. They don't mope or anything just runing and playing and poooping. And Allen - They have beeen eating more grain, but no fresh grass. The only one who isn't sick loves hay and is the smallest of the 3. The other 2 have been eating the heck out of grain. Maybe too much on thier tummy.
    I think I should pull the grain and keep the hay. Thier grain is all stock sweet feed. Thier hay is timothy. They do drink water too.

    Yes Haypoint I have read the sticky many times and many calves have survived and thrived under my care. I know about making sure they don't get dehydrated. Normally only my little just moved babies get sick, not my big sturdy ones.
     
  6. gwithrow

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    cut grain way back add hay as much as they want to eat...we had the same issue here.....grain is wasted as it is going straight thru
     
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    topside1 Retired Coastie Supporter

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    Lori, my three month old calf just had the squirts. Clearly I gave to much grain over a two day period, in fact I know I did. I dropped the grain down to less then normal and in 24 hours the squirts were gone. As mentioned above cut out or cut back the grain for at least three days and all will be normal once again...As for your son, well I'm sure he's in good hands....Topside
     
  8. freedomfrom4

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    I sold 2 out of 5 calves and was leaving the same amount out as before. I guess the 2 sick ones picked up the slack for the ones I got rid of and upset their tummy's. I aways worry and have never had a calf get scours this old. Thanks for the vote of confidence Topside :) Kids getting sick I can handle, but cows that is another story.
     
  9. Allen W

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    Sounds like you found the problem