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It's a girl
March 24, 2011
2:31 pm
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Karen in Alabama
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Got us late this morning since I am not milking Maggie (who is sick and stopped milking)

I had locked Yo up last night because I felt she was ready to bust.

Got up this morning to a balloon out of her butt. I have been looking at
everyone's pictures of birthing to know what to expect, but yall don't
mention that part.

So since this is really our first calf (though technically its our 2nd
to be born on the property), and certainly the first one we witnessed. I
panicked and called the vet, then my husband panicked and called him
again.

We only saw one hoof and the nose. Our neighbor came by when she heard
(My husband called everyone to tell them we were having a baby). She was
concerned about not seeing 2 hoofs. So we called another vet (who
doesn't do house calls) and he said we should see 2 hoofs.

So Rita our neighbor went in and pulled the other hoof out and then the baby came right out.

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab102/kgetchel/The%20Farm/daybefore.jpg

 

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab102/kgetchel/The%20Farm/itscoming.jpg

 

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab102/kgetchel/The%20Farm/baby.jpg

March 24, 2011
3:13 pm
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How darling!!!!  Is the momma and baby doing well now?   It looks like everyone was in shock. lol  That face is darling. 

March 24, 2011
3:19 pm
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Karen in Alabama
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I took some more pictures

 

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab102/kgetchel/The%20Farm/babyafter1pm.jpg

 

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab102/kgetchel/The%20Farm/babysportingnewcoat.jpg

March 24, 2011
3:22 pm
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Congratulations on the new baby and GO Rita!!  Is it not the grandest to have neighbors like that!!!

Oh my gosh!  Just look at that sweet face....ok, I want one now moo

March 24, 2011
3:35 pm
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Oh yes, way to go for the neighbor like that!  Woo Hooo...  and that baby is so precious..  She looks like she is doing well.  I am so glad.  :)

March 24, 2011
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Karen,

What an adorable baby girl!!! and how wonderful to have great neighbors. 

Hope mommy and baby are doing well.  pawprint

March 24, 2011
4:42 pm
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I can't stop going outside to look at her. She is getting more stable on her feet.

March 24, 2011
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Oh what a sweet baby with such an adorable face. How wonderful for you that your friend and neighbour Rita was on hand during such a worrying time. Your pictures are lovely many thanks for sharing them.

March 24, 2011
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Is the mommy doing well?

March 24, 2011
5:32 pm
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Great Pics! love the sweater and Rita pulling the baby.....happy-flower

March 24, 2011
5:44 pm
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How wonderful to have a neighbor to help.  Congratulations on the new calf.  I think I'm glad I have goats though.  I can't quite imagine what pulling a calf is like.

March 24, 2011
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Mommy and Baby seem well. Yo is up eating hay and I gave her some feed which she ate no problem and my husband gave her some too.

 

Another neighbor who we got some of our cows from (not the Jerseys) said I need to milk her tonight as she has more than that baby can handle. We were giving milk to another calf we have (she is 7 months old) up until last week when Maggie dried up on us, she will be happy for some more.

I have never milked Yo, except for twice in August when we first got her and then decided to dry her up as she wasn't producing anything anyway and needed to put on some weight. I don't have a halter for her, except a leading halter. Hopefully she will stand still long enough for me to milk her. Thankfully I don't have to drain her.

March 24, 2011
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How is Maggie doing?  Is she well?

March 24, 2011
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MaryB said:

How is Maggie doing?  Is she well?

She is not eating much. I gave her a pro-biotic pill this afternoon. She spit it out 3 times. I finally (I think) managed to get it down her. Hopefully that will help her.

 

She does graze and munch in the hay, but not real interested in feed. She eats some and is slow not like she was before.

March 25, 2011
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Awww poor Maggie.  How many of those pills do you need to get down her?  Keep us updated on her too, ok?  hug

March 25, 2011
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How lucky you are to have gotten to be there at the birth!  We didn't see Glory Bee born.  I was told to put molasses in the water after as that's good for the mama, but maybe at this point it's too long after for it to matter, though it probably can't hurt!  We found BP with Glory Bee when GB was still wet, so we thought it hadn't been very much time since she was born.  We gave her two buckets of water with molasses poured in (not sure how much, just a bunch, into 5 gallon buckets).  Yes, milk her, that's what I was told, too.  Some people will use that milk, or store it. It's colostrum milk.  There are people who use it to bake with etc and say it is the best milk ever, but most people either toss it or save some for an emergency.  The baby will be eating a ton soon, but not yet.

Clover made me do it.

March 25, 2011
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Karen in Alabama said:

I can't stop going outside to look at her. She is getting more stable on her feet.

LOL I'd probably just set up camp in the barn <wink>

March 25, 2011
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MaryB said:

Awww poor Maggie.  How many of those pills do you need to get down her?  Keep us updated on her too, ok?  hug

Don't know. I gave her another one today. I also took an egg and scrambled it and threw some ricotta I made from her milk. She of course was not interested, so I scooped it up with my hands and stuck my hand down her mouth. She didn't get it all but at least got some of it.

 

Last night she was by herself so I brought her a bucket of feed, not sure if she at it or not. This morning one of the calves was near her and that little pig would have finished off what was there.

She did go to a feed bucket that I feed the calves in and act like she was eating something.

March 25, 2011
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Well that is good that she is at least trying to eat. Sorry I have been reading and not saying anything because I have never even been around a cow. But I know that you should be pretty hungry after giving birth, I know I was when I had my daughter...but then I am not a cow either..happy-flower

I hope all goes well with momma and baby!

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March 25, 2011
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mammaleigh said:

Well that is good that she is at least trying to eat. Sorry I have been reading and not saying anything because I have never even been around a cow. But I know that you should be pretty hungry after giving birth, I know I was when I had my daughter...but then I am not a cow either..happy-flower

I hope all goes well with momma and baby!

Hi Mammaleigh,

 

Actually we are talking about 2 different cows. Yo is the mother and she sucks food down like nobody's business. Maggie is my other milk cow that is sick and not eating so well.

 

I had been watching Yo because I had heard that when they are ready to calf they won't eat, she ate the night before she had her with not problem and after everything settled down and she at all her "chewing gum" as some  people call it, she drank 3 buckets of water and at all her feed then when I wasn't looking my husband fed her as well.

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