I know that spring is just around the corner because I found these in my yard yesterday.
Aren’t they beautiful?? Spring is coming in like a lion and I have two little orphans because of it. George and Prissy were born on March 15th& 16th consecutively. It’s was the worse days we’ve had all winter. George’s mom decided he should be born and baptized at the same time so she had him in a wet weather spring in the middle of a blackberry patch in 0* weather. He was so cold he could not get up to nurse and when Eddie found him Mom left to go eat. Eddie packed him up in the tractor cab and carried him to our cellar. Twenty four hours and lots of warm towels, heat lamp and propane heater, he was toddling around and taking a bottle.
Prissy was delivered to the main house the next morning covered in ice and snow and barely alive. I didn’t make it to work that day because of the snow and ice and I think Eddie was glad to have me there. He found Prissy covered in four inches of ice and then snow. Beside her, the mom was cleaning and trying to make her dead twin come back to life. Eddie scraped off the snow and loaded her in the tractor and brought her to me. I got out an old cutter quilt and he laid her by the woodstove. I grabbed old towels and blankets and started drying her off. Sassy helped by licking her face. I was certain she would die because her tongue was cold and she was so lifeless. Sassy and I worked on her all morning, shifting her from side to side and warming another old quilt to lay over her. We gave her about an ounce of warm milk every hour or so trying to get her warm on the inside and the outside. Around 9:00 p.m. she started trying to get up on her own and by 10:00 she had taken three ounces so we decided to move her to the cellar with George.
Thankfully both calves are doing well. George has been a little rough on Prissy and stepped on her the first night they were together and she limps from her left front leg but we’re hoping time and some loving care will fix that. She’s a lot smaller than he is coming in at around 45-50 pounds and Eddie says George weighs over 75 pounds.
Here’s some more pics of them from the last two weeks and I’ll update their growth and shenanigans as time goes on.
Just to let you know how I feed them, we buy powdered calf milk that is medicated and high in protein and feed them two quarts every eight hours. The powdered milk is mixed with water and the first couple of feedings they are given colostrum to get the immune system going that they couldn’t get from their natural mom. At three to four weeks, we start introducing them to the small grains.
More to come!!!