New Calf Info....

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  1. cajun_1

    cajun_1 New Member

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    3 day old Jersey bull. Well 4 days old now. Yesterday took to the bottle like he was starving, today, put bottle in at 7am , at 10 am 3 pints had been drank. Also.. poop is rather sticky like glue and smelly. Is this the way it's supposed to be ? Any answers greatfully appreciated.
     
  2. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    Sticky poop is good. If it gets watery, you need to worry. Three pints is a lot for a 4 day old Jersey. They usually won't take more than about a quart at a time when they're that young.
     

  3. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    Is he getting up, acting normally, eyes clear and bright, inside of mouth and ears warm to the touch?
     
  4. cajun_1

    cajun_1 New Member

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    Was just out by the hutch awhile ago..he was standing and drank a little water. Guess he's ok, it's been quite sometime since I had to raise something so young. Thanks for all the replies.
     
  5. dosthouhavemilk

    dosthouhavemilk Well-Known Member Supporter

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    On a number of farms they will tube an hour old calf and fill it up, the calf then lays there for the next couple of days digesting it all. We fed Acorn's bull calf his colostrum about 12 hours after he was born (he had been out with momma and she is good about getting them to nurse), we fed him again a couple hours later and again the next feeding. He wasn't real interested after that for a day or so, but he got his appetite back. Acorn's colostrum is really thick (she's ten years old).
    I am really bad at converting numbers. We give our calves a full bottle of milk (about 4 and a half pounds) every feeding for the first two or three days, then they get dropped to 3 pounds of colostrum/milk and the rest water for another couple of days, then depending on milk availability and size they get dropped to 2 1/2 pounds of milk and 2 1/2 water.

    The manure should be sticky if he is still getting colostrum.