Last Wednesday, when we bought our chickens and ducklings, we also got our second bottle calf! Yes, it was a VERY busy day for us!
Pops took the girls and Bump to the sale barn and they met another family selling their older bottle calves. So, they became fast friends and had a heck of a good time.
When we got it home later that evening, we put it into a separate pen (for a couple of weeks anyway) to make sure it didn't have any bugs of any kind to share with our other little heifer!
Pops and his little assistant, Bump, ready the area for our new calf to be "delivered" to the little pen.
Pops donned the appropriate veterinary safety gloves needed for this kind of delivery...
and gave it his best effort in getting this calf out!
This calf is a bit bigger than our other one was when we got her.
So, it was a bigger challenge getting this calf in AND out of the kennel!
At the sale barn, the auctioneer sold the calf as a holstein heifer.
I know that there are red holsteins out there...
But, I have never seen a heifer that had, uhmmm, well, boy parts!!
So, now, as we have little horns growing in on this little guy's head, I wonder if this little bull is really a holstein or is it a shorthorn...
He kind of looks like all the shorthorn cattle that are roaming the pasture just to the south of our property.
He is VERY happy taking his bottle and enjoys it as much as any little calf could.
Let's just say that if you aren't fast enough in getting the nipple where he can get to it, your jeans, knees, elbows, boots, backside - anything he can reach is FAIR game to be butted or suckled on!
If he ever got loose out of his little pen, you could tease him right back into the pen with that trusty little bottle!
But, as much as he likes that crazy bottle and rams into me when I am not fast enough, I have to wonder if I shouldn't let him loose in that south pasture and see if some mama cow out there will take him!
I don't think that I really mean that, but the thought has crossed my mind more than three times in the past week!
Seems like someone was doing just fine with this one and the bottle.
I think that this guy should be the one responsible for him - but, we do try our best!!
The children do try to just feed him through the fence as he is a bit pushy - even at them.
Well, any way you shake a stick at it - we now have two bottle calves taking up residence on our yard, a baker's dozen of chickens and a quad set of ducklings living in the garage!
We are having ourselves a great time with these great creatures.
The treekids are learning that there is more to life in the taking care of these lives that need our help to live!
We are working together as a family to get it all done each day and finding our way in seeing who can do what when.
Tomorrow is another sale at the livestock auction... we are still on that "list" for wanting bottle calves, but I am hoping that no one calls us tomorrow!! Maybe next week or the next... but, I am not ready for any more right now!!