Tuesday, March 20, 2007
A report on Secret
Secret has lost the dead part of her ears now, at least 1/3 of each ear. I'm already getting used to her "odd" appearance, and not thinking much about it.
She still gets milk, but I dispensed with the bottle. Now she just sucks it up right out of the bucket. It's quicker, and I have less cleanup this way. I'm including a video so you can see how fast she drinks her milk. During the day, we're turning her out in what used to be the dry lot; Cliff planted clover and grass there last fall, and if we can manage to keep horses out of there, there'll be plenty of grazing for Secret this summer. Right now Sassy is spending a few hours there, when Jessica turns her out for exercise.
When a calf is able to consume 1 1/2 pounds of calf starter (grain) daily, she can be weaned. Secret is eating that much now, but I intend to keep her on milk replacer for another month. I want her to have plenty of nutrition.
As of this morning, the horses are still together, and no electric fence has been damaged. I saw this comment in my horse-video entry: "When they run Chief off, are they snorting at him , or just the head wag, and trot menacing enough to make Chief get away from them ?" No sounds were made by the horses except for Libby; when she raised her foreleg as though to stomp Chief, she squealed.
OOPS! No video. Will do an entry later with the video.