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Morning from he**

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Katy, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    We've just had the morning from h***. First off I've been running a fever since yesterday evening. I was supposed to be babysitting 2 grandaughters today, so I got up and made arrangements with my DIL to keep them. Then my hubby came in and said we had a heifer calving and he was pretty sure something wasn't right. Watched her for awhile and then we determined the calf was coming backwards....all we could feel was the tail and butt....no feet. If the feet would have been coming we could have handled it as we've pulled quite a few backwards calves over the years. Called the vet....our normal vet was out on a farmcall and said he couldn't get here until noon. We finally found a large animal vet who could come out. After working for 2 hours to get the feet repositioned to where we could pull the calf we gave up and since the calf was already dead he removed the calf's leg so the calf could be pulled out. The heifer isn't out of the woods yet, although she's doing amazingly well for all she's been through this morning. Not a good day.

  2. RedStickLA

    RedStickLA Songster

    Feb 27, 2007
    South Louisiana
    [​IMG] I hope the heifer makes it...and so sorry the baby did not.

    I hope you are feeling better soon! [​IMG]

  3. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Songster

    Jan 26, 2009
    oh no, sorry to hear about your calf. Hope the mom makes it ok.
  4. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    That is a bad day. [​IMG]
  5. justhatchin

    justhatchin Songster

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    So sad Katy! Hope the heifer gets along ok. It is hard to lose even one and after such a struggle. I was raised on a small farm in W. KS and remember well the struggle and the let down and sadness you feel. Good luck wth the rest of the day!! Susan
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sorry about the calf.

    Hope the heifer pulls through.
  7. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    So sorry! [​IMG] Lots of healing vibes and prayers going out to you and your Heifer.


  8. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Thats the scary thing about animal births; when they go right, its wonderful. But when they dont, it can be disastrous. Did you see the Dirty Jobs episode where he went to a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I think, huge operation, and they were calving cows everywhere in a huge barn...I mean huge, like airplane hanger huge. And it was wicked cold. They were calving left and right,one they had to pull out with chains, one they had to C section. I forget how many they said they calved a year, I think it was in the thousands.

    Hope your poor heifer makes it.
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    [​IMG] Jeesh, you are haveing a bad day. I sure hope the heifer makes it through, so sorry for loseing the calf. Now, got get in BED!! Take care of YOU! hope you are feeling better soon.
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    The heifer is up now, so that's good. She's not paralized at least. Pretty wobbly, but at least she's up on all fours.

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