Thank you everyone for all the patience and help! I wanted to give an update - Newell is doing great. His fur has all grown back in, he's putting on weight, his eyes stopped running, and he's getting friendlier (but won't let us put a halter on him yet!). When we got him you could see not only all of his ribs, but all his bones. I noticed later the growth on his hooves was even affected - they went from healthy looking to much thinner near where they grow. Now he's got a band of healthy hoof growth again. And now you can barely see his ribs.
I guess you shouldn't rescue sad, unkempt, skinny calves because it only encourages those who sell them, but I'm glad we saved this poor little guy! The first time I petted him he was like, "Wow, someone's being nice to me! I never thought that would happen!" And he LOVED it!
Let me mention, he's PICKY! Wouldn't eat the calf manna, alfalfa, or Bova-Tec minerals (but I got some in him!). Only will eat sweet feed, which I'm not even sure is good for him but I can mix baking soda in it to help bring down acidity in his stomach if he looks like he's getting a little bloaty and he'll eat it.
Proud momma to 2 great kids Eloise, Ivy, Teddy, Luna, and Murray - our fold of Scottish Highland cattle; Clarabelle, our Charolais baby & her son Clyde; Mac our mini hereford bull; ever changing number of mini meat pigs; around 60 chickens; 10 sheep; 4 dogs; 3 cats;
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
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