One thing you do when there's a new calf around is watch his poop often. Yesterday Bonnie's baby's stools were loose, but OK. This morning I noticed the poop was looser. A while ago I went out and stood around until baby pooped: it was very watery. This is very dangerous for a young calf; it can kill them.
I expected it, in a way, because Bonnie gives more milk that any calf was ever intended to ingest, and it's very rich milk. Sir Loin got by fine last year, but I considered that to be pure luck.
So, the first thing I had to do was get Baby away from mom, because he needs to be taken off milk while he has scours (that's what they call diarrhea in calves). I shut him in the stall.
Then I mixed up a half-gallon of electrolyte solution. The calf no doubt has a tummy-ache. I knew he wouldn't suck a bottle, so I tube-fed him the solution.
I also gave him a pill for scours that I picked up last year before Bonnie had Sir Loin. "Be prepared" is my motto when it comes to calves.
I surely do not want to lose any calf, but I especially don't want to lose a calf of Bonnie's. I don't want to think about having to milk her every day. Last year it wasn't so easy just getting my gallon of milk a couple times a week, and it would really be hard to have to milk her out all the way, daily. I took a couple of Arthritis Tylenol to be prepared for this evening.
So, keep me and the calf in your thoughts and prayers. I need him to have a speedy recovery.