I don't have direct experience about this calving bit Rhetts. I've been around a few while it's happening...but timelines I don't know. Have you called a vet to run your time line of events physical symptoms by him to see how things are coming?
Here's a little link though about positioning a calf correctly if need be.
Gee I'm so excited for your I'm googling all about this.
The Hereford isn't actually mine. We pasture them for BILs. I mentioned a few different scenarios last night to see if they were open to talking about calling a vet at some point. That is a no go. They said they would wait it out a couple more weeks. I brought it up again today but they are not interested yet.
I can not tell you how much time I spend reading the internet about this.
Yes...when I found the picture it said abnormal calve positioning.
The link I posted before gives directions for guiding calves in these abonormal to normal position. With that swollen back hind...I'm suspicious that little guy has been pushing back with the wrong body part.
I wonder if Rhetts has a puller bar and calf chains.
I mentioned a couple times about having a cow/calf labor and delivery box with needed items. They gave me 2 towels. So no we have no extra tools in case she is needing help. I also mentioned going in to feel which way the calf is presenting but they don't want to do that either. I agree that swelling seems rather large based on what I can find on the internet.
Thanks. I wish you could be here. I am totally an expert just based on hours spent reading up on this. I am a total worry wart!!! Nervous Nelly for sure!!
@Rhetts, you need to set up a calf cam!
Actually we do have one set up. I am not brave enough to go out into the pasture alone (the highland horns make me very nervous and they are cantankerous old hags) I am home alone a lot of the time and so wasn't able to physically check the girls all the time because the shed they are in is in the pasture. We set up a baby monitor for me to hear them and then one of the techy BILs put up his camera in the shed. Those last two pictures I put up of her are actually from the cow cam. So I am on cow duty 24-7 and the BILs come over a 2-3 times a day to scoop poop, water and physically check them. I see the girls day and night over the the camera.
I feel somewhat responsible for her and would feel horrible if something happened to her but at the same time she doesn't belong to me so my hands are tied. DH said it the best before we got the camera installed he was getting up 2 sometimes 3 times a night to check on her. We were getting exhausted because it was setting the alarm getting dressed to go out and then try to get back to sleep. It was those really cold weeks with below 0 temps. He said we are the ones putting ourselves out there running ourselves ragged and the people who actually OWN the cows are getting a good nights sleep. We talked and then came the monitors soon after. But I feel like I take this more seriously then they do and would feel horribly responsible if she didn't make it. Thank you every one for walking me through this and being here for me to talk to and share. I really appreciate you being here. I hope I can repay you all with pictures of a healthy calf and momma!!