Post by georgiagirl on Feb 10, 2019 22:46:16 GMT -5
A have a calf who is 3 weeks old today. Rejected by her mother we have had her in the barn. The weather has been cold here but warming up and im wondering at what point can she go outside. We are getting up to the high 40s and low 30s at night next week. Which seems warm enough if we bring her in at night. From what I've read it said they need 50 degrees temps but that seemed to apply only to newborns. She is healthy and a good eater.
That's plenty warm. If it's raining and she doesn't have sense enough to come in, I'd lock her in at night. I have a 3 week old orphan also and she's been out since she was a week old. Newborns don't need 50 degrees, either. Marsha
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She should be fine, especially if you bring her in at night. I have found that I have more problems when there are wild temp fluctuations. Like 30 degree at night and 85 during the day, or extreme variations from day to day. And, of course, if she gets wet and the wind is whipping, that will suck the heat right out of those little ones. Hope that helps!
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Post by westxgrl13 on Feb 10, 2019 23:22:29 GMT -5
I agree with the others that have answered you, and I wanted to say, "Howdy from West Texas!!!" You have come to the right place to get questions about "all things cow" answered! Good luck with your calf, and we always love to see pictures of the critter in question!
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Something I wanted to mention re: temperature - it's not the temperature in your case that is an issue, but rather the swing of temperatures that can be an issue. If you go from 30 to 85 in a day or two, that can bring on pneumonia. In a healthy, dry, well-fed calf, you should be just fine, but just keep listening to her breathing to make sure it's normal and not congested. Also, lots of ventilation is important. We think as humans that animals would be safer in an enclosed building, but they need a lot of air flow.
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I would just make sure she stays active and perky, and dry. Sounds like you're doing great.
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