Annabelle colicked a couple years ago in a blizzard, I believe because of her reluctance, or refusal, to drink ice cold water. I went out today and broke ice on the pond in the north pasture, but didn't see any evidence they'd been breaking ice and drinking on their own. Bringing them up to the front complicates everything with the cows; feeding us about impossible, I have to remove their supplement tub, which they're on a lot, and the horses hog the barn and won't let the cows in, where they bed down on their own. But I have no way to get water down there. It's hard enough to keep water in the pens up front, even though they have access to two ponds, they prefer the tank.
I put out fresh salt and mineral for the horses, but they weren't interested. What else can I do to encourage drinking enough?
Are they on pasture? Our horses go through a lot less water in the winter. I intentionally leave their winter pasture long so they do a lot of digging to eat the grass under the snow. I think they take in most of their water as snow. They have a heated tank available.
I wonder if there's some kind of solar heater you can put in the pond to keep it open for them.
With wind chills at -20 last night, and expected tonight as well, I moved the girls into the pen with the bull calf, not ideal, but they got along just fine and they've got a fresh bale, big tank (no heater, just break nose holes 3x day) and free access to a stall big enough for all 4 of them bedded thickly with straw and hay. So I brought the horses up, they drank from the smaller tank which is now frozen solid, but the front pond has a side that's blocked from the wind and doesn't freeze up so much. They're all hanging in the stalls, loving the hay I put in both sides for them. And I can keep a close eye on Annabelle Lee the next few days. The tub is for the cows, Idk if it's safe for horses, but they'd have it gone in one day anyway so I keep them from it. ETA:I have two pens, and two pastures, One pen is probably 30x30, the other about 30x70, both have a 12x14 stall. The front pasture is approx 8 acres, give or take with the yard, the back approx 17. And 3 ponds, one in front, one in back, one divided by fence between the two.
We started using hay bags after two winter episodes of colic in our horses a few years ago, so they would have to take longer to eat and so have less chance of impaction. They already had heated water. We have also used fresh ground flax in their feed to help keep the digestive tract lubricated.
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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?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
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.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
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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