Our heifer Molly surprised us yesterday when I went out the pasture and found a calf. She had been with a bull before we bought her and weren't sure on the due date. But her backside was barely even swollen and she was bagged up, but not nearly as much as the another cow that I have been expecting to calf for 2 weeks. Anyway, I didn't see the birth, so I don't know if there was some trauma to the baby at birth or she was stepped on by mama or another cow in the pasture, but there is something "off" with her hips. Her back left leg protrudes out to the side more and seems longer than the right leg, and her whole back end curves slightly to the right. She's walking around and spunky, but her left leg is clearly not normal. I'm thinking it looks like a dislocated hip. I took 2 minutes of video footage on my phone of her walking. Should I just post it to youtube and then insert the link so people can see it? Can the hip be manually manipulated back into its socket, or would there be any other suggestions for what we could do to assist the healing? She is a small calf and her mama did have pneumonia at the end of December, so I guess it's possible that it is a birth defect???
if she is able to get up and down I would not panic just yet , If she can get up from flat on her side on both sides it is not dislocated,as with a dislocation most of the time they can not bend the stifel (sp?) so can not get up when they lay on that side, just went threw that with a bought yearling heifer,if she fell on the bad side when she went to lay down,she could not get up so I ended up sending her to slaughter as a few times I did not know how long she had been flat on her side before I found her and got her rolled over so she could get up Suzanne it may just be how she was laying in the womb, and it will take her a while to straighten up
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Two old men here, We looked at the video. We both think it is the stiffle joint not the hip. little calves are very resilient We both agree if you just leave her alone she will be fine. 100+ years experience here, but there is a lot we don't know. good luck.
Looks like a normal calf... she bears even weight on both hind legs, walks, trots, runs, she has full range of motion with both hind legs (both track up under the front legs the same distance). Yes she might have some laxity of the left stifle ligaments but she is a newborn and their joints often do weird things for a couple days. Esp since she bears weight and tracks up normally, I sure wouldn't worry about it. Also, all your video is from directly behind or the left side, you may find that part of the way she's carrying herself is due to keeping an eye on you.
The calves I've seen with a dislocated hip had a markedly shorter stride and didn't bear weight or just used the leg for balance when standing.
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It does seem like she's walking better today. Her whole rear end still seems to tilt a little to the right, but I think you are all probably right that it will fix itself with time. Thanks for the advice and reassurance! Had a bull calf born yesterday and he's looking healthy. I just LOVE calving season!! It seems that both of the bull calves we've had here at the farm are born bigger than our heifers. Is that normal? Thanks again!!
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