I am in So Oregon. She doesn't like being in the weather but when I go out to check them she hustles the baby out of the building cause that is the easiest place for my hubby to stand guard while I feed Miracle her bottle! Beauty has always had bottle teats from the first time she freshened. They are actually easier for the calves to latch onto but a real bugger to milk, especially with my arthritis. Other than Sweetpea, her premie baby, this is the first time I have had to intervene.
I feed Miracle at 10am and at 530pm. This morning she has a good looking nurse nose, still pooping colostrum, and running amuck having a great time. She only took 1 pint to fill her tummy so she is finally getting the hang of nursing. I will still offer a bottle twice a day until I have actually seen her nursing just because it makes me feel better! I don't force her just let her play with the nipple and take what she wants. I figure that within the next week she will no longer need my help. Beauty is an amazing momma when it comes to the babies and Miracle is nice and healthy so far.She always goes right to her bed in the corner of their building and Beauty lays so that she protects her from the weather.
I think we met right when SweetPea was born! I don't see how Beauty can be 14 years old...
Becky Mother to DD, Andrea Owned by: Kendra, the milk maker. Button, and her little girl, Annie. Traveler and Fredo, my border collie x kelpie pals 2 Equine composters, Sis and Tina Pigs, LOTS of pigs And last, but not least, Aero, the Irish Wolfhound.
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