Heifer had her calf 2 days ago, at 8 pm. He was up and nursing within 30 minutes. Mom liked him, but also wanted to toss him with her horns. He nursed 3-4 times that nightuntil 6 am (I may have slept beside them all night 😊) He pooped first the gel/mucus dark poop, the the bright yellow custardy.
He nursed every 3-4 hours the next day. Today (48 hours) we left him with mom without supervision. He didn’t nurse for at least 8-10 hours. When I checked on him, he had totally liquid yellow poop with gas. He did this at least 4 times in 2 hours. He also didn’t want to nurse, but was bright eyed and walking. It was 87 today, but he was in the shade.
We penned him and mom in barn and I milked out 40 cc and gave him 20-30 of it.
He stands at the udder, but didn’t want to suck.
What is the yellow water scours? From too much or not enough milk?
Most common cause of scours that early is probably E. coli. Most other scours causes take a few more days to get going.
Biggest thing is keep him hydrated. If he won’t suck, tube him. Electrolytes are going to be your friend. Even if he started scouring because of not eating and it caused him to get a bit acidotic, that can lead to death as easily as any bacteria or virus.
Sometimes they drink so much colostrum that they are almost drunk from the high nutrient content. It also causes yellow runny poop. I would give him electrolytes but leave him with mom so he can nurse. He should get over it soon. Are you also milking the cow?
What an excellent idea^^ rennet. but I assume it would have to be calf rennet and not vegetable rennet. Makes perfect sense. It's what's unique to the calf's digestive ability that also binds curds. There are also some tubes of high potency vet/mineral/binders over the counter that will work if you are losing ground with hydration For future reference. every single calf here gets a First Defense bolus to help prevent scours after their first colostrum meal. No calf given that bolus has suffered.
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