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Orphan 3 – Miracle

This little jewel is my 3rd orphan this year.  She is the second born twin and she might weigh in at 25 pounds!!

 

Baby Miracle 092015

Baby Miracle 092015

She is just so precious and had a really rough and amazing beginning into our world.  Her mother has had calves two seasons prior but never twins.  We knew she was having problems for over a week before Miracle was born.  She would go off to herself and was constantly twitching her tail.  As I’ve said before we try to let Mother Nature take its course and try not to interfere with the births of our cattle.  During the night on September 2nd, she was born after her twin and the long birth made her very weak and she did not have enough strength to get up to nurse.  When we found her the next morning we were positive that she would not make it.  Eddie took her huge brother to be disposed of and we left letting Mother Nature take it’s course.  Two hours over when I went to check on her I thought she was dead and let mom have time with her until Eddie could return to take her away also.  Four hours later we went to get her and Mom was off grazing, buzzards were settling in and I found her still alive but breathing hard.  I ran off the buzzards and carried her to some shade.  Mom had cleaned her up some but she was still not able to get up.   I came back to the house, mixed up some electrolytes (energy drink) and fed her a couple times the rest of the day with Mom hovering and not happy about it.  Still we didn’t expect her to make it but the next morning she was alive and Eddie thinks she may have nursed one time during the night but still so weak she couldn’t get up without help.  The next day Eddie had to be away from the farm and I ran vultures from her all day and Mom had decided to join the rest of the herd.  Anxious and knowing with a little help she would be okay so I loaded her up in the truck, brought her to the house, put bedding in the new “emergency calf barn” (that we never thought we would have to use) and bedded her down and gave her a pint of colostrum every three hours that day.  By the next day she was able to get up on her own but was still very weak.  This day I traded back forth between colostrum and electrolytes and by the end of the day I knew my prayers had been answered.

Baby Miracle four days old.

Baby Miracle four days old.

I kept her cleaned up and kept wiping her down with a light fly spray because the flies have been horrid on the cattle this summer and our neighboring farms are dealing with pinkeye and foot evil.  Miracle had been through enough without this drama!!

Well today is a big test!  We’re  reintroduced her to her real mom.  While out checking the cows yesterday, her mom was trying to take another cows new baby.  This morning we brought her to her real mom and placed them in a small barn lot together.  Mom wants her right off but Miracle can’t understand why that bottle looks so different! 😉  They’ve been together in a very small corral for about

If you look closely through the board fence you can see Miracle and her mom is standing directly over her.  I don't think she likes for me to be to close to HER baby!

If you look closely through the board fence you can see Miracle and her mom is standing directly over her. I don’t think she likes for me to be to close to HER baby!

five hours and we’re moving them into another larger corral now.  We’ll hold them together for at 48 hours and see how things go.  I’m more afraid that we may have waited too long and mom’s milk may have dried up.  So far, Miracle seems to be satisfied but 24 – 48 hours will tell the real story.  I’m keeping her crib ready just in case and praying Mother Nature will be kind.

Miracle in small enclosure and Mom near by.  Seems her belly is full!

Miracle in small enclosure and Mom near by. Seems her belly is full!

Her ears perk up when she here's her mom call.

Her ears perk up when she here’s her mom call.

This is  Miracle's mom and her breed is Gielbiev.  Miracle is her third birth.

This is Miracle’s mom and her breed is Gielbiev. Miracle is her third birth.  Miracle’s dad is pure Angus.

More updates to come in a couple days.  Prayers please!

 

Spring? ? ?

I know that spring is just around the corner because I found these in my yard yesterday.

Crocus

 

Crocus

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.

George is curious and very pushy!!  Normal little bull.

George is curious and very pushy!! Normal little bull.

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.

Prissy-very quiet and docile.

Prissy-very quiet and docile.

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.

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Prissy is trying to making friends with Cuddles, the cat.

Prissy is trying to making friends with Cuddles, the cat.

Curious calves.

Curious calves.

George has a voracious appetite, funny, big kicker, and is constantly sucking on Prissy's ears.

George has a voracious appetite, funny, big kicker, and is constantly sucking on Prissy’s ears.

Prissy is watching the chickens.  George usually chases them.

Prissy is watching the chickens. George usually chases them.

Prissy and George enjoying the sunshine.

Prissy and George enjoying the sunshine.

George climbing out of his hutch and Prissy wondering "why?"

George climbing out of his hutch and Prissy wondering “why?”

Feeding time!!

Feeding time!!

It's not as easy as it looks when there's only one person feeding them.

It’s not as easy as it looks when there’s only one person feeding them.

George tries to take Prissy's bottle when he empty's his first!

George tries to take Prissy’s bottle when he empty’s his first!

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!!!