My favorite cow had twins! I can remember when we got here in October I thought she was going to have a calf any day… but she finally had her TWO little ones just a few days ago… right before I got back from Oregon!
This new little family has a story already besides being just plain cute. When they were born they could not nurse. Momma had an enormous bag which was super low to the ground and they could not figure it out and get their nutrients. Greg and his brother worked with them, did the bottle thing, pa mixed up some eggs for them in hopes it would give them something. They did not know if they were going to make it or not.
The day after I got back, we went out to see/check on them and we could see they had tried to nurse some… but had not totally figured it out yet. Greg was trying to get momma into the shute to try to get them some milk… but she just did not really want to go today. She is a very nice and gentle cow which is ideal when something like this happens, so Greg decided to see if he could just help the babies figure it out in the open pin. The calves were coming up to us and trying to suck on our jeans, hands – just anything they could put their little tongue on but Greg directed them over to momma and tried to help hook them up… and it worked great. She was super cooperative and they learned very quick. She stood very still and did not mind Greg down there helping the calves. It was so neat to watch too!
It has now been about a week since they were born and they seem to be doing very well. It was amazing to see the transformation in the… from weak to strong – now out playing with each other and jumping around, kicking out their back legs. We have checked on them everyday and they seem to be doing well. We had a close call on Sunday however when we found one of the calves cornered near the barn totally separated from momma out in the direct sun. It seemed to be pretty dry and confused, of which my theory is this: A stray dog showed up the other day and has been playing with boy-dog. When we were looking for the calf, I looked towards the barn and heard that stray barking… so I hurried over there and when I could see that it was barking at the baby calf I yelled at the dog and it ran away and we found the calf cornered in there – dry and confused. Anyways, medium-length story short, Greg carried the little one back to momma and it nursed, nursed nursed and was fine. Also, that dog is no longer hanging out at Pa’s house.
So, they calves are doing great and are so fun to watch… Here are some pictures of the happy family… and Greg helping out!