I was a little worried that Lacey might be in a weakened state if she still hadn't eaten, but she was fine when I went out about 7:00 a.m. By then she was about 15 hours old. In fact, she was so feisty that I was sure she had eaten, in spite of Lucy's huge and low hanging udder.
I had taken out six pounds of warmed colostrum, which we froze when Quattro had her calf last spring. Lucy wouldn't let me near her with the bucket of warm colostrum. I had to separate them.
I took Lucy into the barn to milk her. Whether or not she had fed her calf, that udder needed some relief! Once she was secured in the barn, I went back outside to deal with the calf. It took a little doing to get her trained to take the nipple, but finally she got the hang of it. After a few false starts, she latched onto that nipple and drank the bucket dry! So I went back to the barn for the other three pounds of warm colostrum and took at back out to her. I didn't even have to straddle her to get her to drink it. She found the nipple and took it all down. She did slow down a bit for the last cup or two, but she was obviously hungry. I don't think Lucy is going to be able to feed her. So for the next week, until her new owner picks her up, I will get to hand feed Lacey. She is already following me around. So sweet!
Here are pictures. I wish I had gotten a few while I was getting her from Paddock 2 to the nursing pen, but I had too much on my mind at the time.
|Learning her way around.|
|Yup, it's a girl. Peeing from the right spot.|
|So nosy! She was already trying to strip bark from small trees.|
|That udder is just too close to the ground!|
|Can you see Dad in the background?|
|Lucy and Lacey - Lacey's first day.|