Twice today she looked really close to getting up. She is crazy about the fresh (green) hay we cut. She got up part way and completely turned herself around. She shifts legs about every 2 hours on her own. the biggest concern I have is keeping her drinking. She can't drink out of a regular bucket so I use her grain pan, she drinks about 10 of those a day, I carry them to her and she will usually drink at least 2. That is only about 5 gallons a day. Tomorrow I am going to a bigger feed store to see if I can find like a 2 gallon bucket that is low so it won't spill. If she could get her hydration levels up to normal where her eyes aren't sunken and her skin isn't so loose, I think she could recover.
See if your feed store carries 5 gallon flat-backed buckets. They are low enough that I think she'd be able to drink when lying down, especially if you're willing to tilt it a bit for her. Bringing 2 out to her 2-3 times a day would help hydrate her more. I also have a really shallow stock tank, about 40 gallons, that is only about 12 inches deep, that might be an option if you can find one.
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Promising news this morning, she has started eating grain again. That is new, before she would sniff at it but not even try it and this morning she watched me carry the grain bucket up with a lot of interest and dove right in.
Post by jerseylovinliz on Oct 9, 2010 13:45:15 GMT -5
Awesome news! I'm glad to hear she's perking up a bit & eating well for y'all.
Do you think she is dehydrated or just could use more water than she's getting now? Maybe giving her some electrolytes might help her w/a little extra energy & rehydrating. What about one of those plastic kiddy pools for water? It is shallow & would hold a good bit of water for her. Is that safe?
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Big news! She stood up!!!! I was outside cleaning her paddock (piles of dried poop everywhere, she has had such dry poop) today it was almost normal consistancy for the first time in weeks. I think it is this rich grass hay. Then she looked like her legs were hurting her and she stood up completely, except for she never completely straightend out her front feet (like they were knuckled under). then repositioned herself and carefully layed back down. She was really out of breath after that stunt. I of course went up to her and started petting her and she accepted another drink and I gave her a little more grain to help get her energy back up . I am so happy, I hope it is a sign of things to come! I found a bigger dish pan in my basement to use for a bigger water dish. I was thrilled because the feed store has been getting every extra penny I have. It works good and she seems to *like* it. If she gets it in her head she doesn't like it, she won't drink out of it or even try it.
I bet her legs are really, really sore from lying down. We humans get that cramped feeling from being in an awkward position when sitting, for a cow with all that weight it must be much worse. I bet she'll start getting up more and moving around a bit in the next few days as she works the kinks out and regains some strength. Congratulations on your excellent nursing that got her through this ordeal!
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28 January 1998 to 4 May 2015
It is so amazing considering last weekend we tried to lift her with the tractor and she wouldn't hardly even try. To see her get up on her own almost brought tears to my eyes, I never thought I would see that again. I hope her insides are still all working properly and she doesn't have any permanant organ damage. If it wasn't for those of you on the list encouraging me I wouldn't have thought she would ever try on her own, especially after this long. You are an amazing group of people, thank you for all your advice.
Post by Kathleen (Southforte Farms) on Oct 9, 2010 21:45:12 GMT -5
Yayayayayayayayay! I've been thinking of you guys today, hoping hoping hoping that she was going to try to get up soon. I just can't imagine the stress of that--watching her just lying there and not knowing what was going to happen to her.
I'm so excited! Keep us posted---- Kathleen
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I'm so happy for you and her! Wow, to get up all by herself--how encouraging!! I don't think many outside of of farming would understand the miracle of this event.....it is great!! Janene looking forward to reading of more good news!!
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Update today, had a scare. Went out to bale hay from 12 to 5 and no one was here to water her. When we came home she was clearly in distress, she was in the sun (unseasonably warm today about 80) was breathing hard and was drooling. We got some buckets and poured them over her and cooled her off. My husband through a pail on her (men are not very subtle are they? ) and she stood up!! She even tried to straighten her feet out, one was completely straight. She was a little wobbly, but she stood up and tried to steady herself for about 30-45 seconds, which I was really impressed as it seemed like she was trying to hold it as long as she could. Then she layed back down after turning in a circle. She is cooled off now and eating well and drinking. I felt bad for her but she was inspired to get up. She has a bad bruise on her hip, she may of had a fall today and hit the t-post, that is the only thing she could of hit as there are no trees or rocks (or shade )
Wooohoooo!!! This is great news!! She just needed some time to heal Cows don't like being down and if they CAN get up, they will. I bet she'll be up and going in a few days. Keep the treats (and water ) coming.
Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Oct 10, 2010 22:51:38 GMT -5
Very good news. After having one down for 3 weeks and then having to put her down I am glad that your girl is improving. Hope the improvement keeps up.
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Today she seems the same. I have been in and out all day today with work, she has continued to thrash around, I didn't see her up today at all but I wasn't out in the pen for long except to restock food and water. She is still really interested in grain. I was hoping for her to be up, but she's not. I am wondering if we should try something else tomorrow, like maybe lifting her and trying to keep her up longer, from what people have said, that may do more harm than good. I am not sure.
UPdate: Today I got home from work and took Sassy's grain out to her. She really really wanted it and I held it up for her and she stood up! She ate all of her grain standing up and was up for about 10 minutes. She is very shaky and can't put hardly any weight on her front left leg. I am not sure if it is due to her laying on it for so long or if it was hurt initially. She also urinated while up and drank a bucket of water. She looked like she was trying to stay up as long as possible and then she layed back down. I feel so bad for her. It was a nasty day here, rainy and it is getting colder.
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.
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alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
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Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
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mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
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steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
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highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
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