Post by TheCatzPajamas on Sept 17, 2012 10:09:48 GMT -5
hi, I'm bottle feeding a calf with milk, and she's doing very well. Someone gave me a bunch of older cans of powdered milk, would it be awful & terrible to replace some of the milk in the bottle with powdered milk, or would she do just fine with that? she's almost 2 months old. I'm thinking it's either a brilliant or horrible idea, and I can't decide which. in the meantime, she's drinking all my milk! LOL
so what do you think?
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Post by briarrose on Sept 17, 2012 10:23:15 GMT -5
Yes, it would be a horrible idea. Get her on some calf starter along with her milk and when she is eating it well, you can safely wean her off milk in a month or so, changing their diet around as far as milk is concerned can give them scours and you might loose her. If it's not broke, don't fix it!
Feed them to the pigs!! Or add water and give them to the chickens. There's no reason to throw them away, and I might just be tempted to add a couple of cans mixed into her grain in another month. It's one of those things that you could add a teaspoon to each meal safely, but I wouldn't SWITCH her from one to the other. Do you have pets? Maybe just sprinkle a teaspoon on your dog's food each day to give him/her some extra calories this winter.
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