Quilting, Farming, Variety

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Little Mouth to Feed

Monday evening Popa found a little calf all alone. Then he found a cow with a little calf who was the spittin' image of the first one, so he knew what we had: a set of twins. And, as happens so many times with twins, one was taken and the other left behind. This morning he brought the cow and both calves to the barn here at home and now I guess I have another little mouth to feed; remember I've been feeding one since Mar.{see post for Mar. 3, 2011, Left Alone}

This little calf if not nearly as big as the March calf was, but she sucked the bottle as soon as I gave it to her, so maybe we're off to a good start. She tired quickly, so in order to make sure she got the milk, Popa put it down into her stomach with a tube feeder.

This is her twin sister; they're like "two peas in a pod". Now wouldn't it be nice, if this evening when I go to feed her, she would be sucking the cow? It's not a difficult job, just time consuming and more stuff to wash up.

I wonder what the bigger calf will think when he has to share me with the baby?

Wish me luck! Charlotte

By the way -- I'm not as big as I look in that picture!


  1. Aw, I really hope Mama Cow will take to the other calf soon. Nature is strange, isn't it?
    The dairy farm across the highway from my childhood home had triplets born there a few years ago. They said that was extremely rare.

  2. Baby animals are so cute, sure hope her momma lets her nurse...

  3. Awww.... farm babies are so sweet but orphans or ones that the momma leaves behind really tug at my heartstrings.

  4. It's so sad to think of that poor baby being abandoned. You are so sweet to step in and be "Mama" yet again.

  5. Oh I'm sorry the calf died-so pretty and sweet.