True BYH Addict
- Jan 6, 2017
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- Scotland, Ontario
so I was given a Holstein bull calf as a gift by a local dairy farmer for my family helping take down one of his old barns. he will be staying in their barn until it warms up out here a bit. I'm with him every morning and evening to get him to bond with me so when he comes to our home he will be pretty tame (we are hoping) at least to me since I will be with him the most. he is very healthy in every aspect except one.... size. ... he is absolutely tiny, the farmer who owns the barn has even said he's the tiniest calf they have ever had born at that barn and has offered to give us a bigger one but my grandfather has told him it's fine. he eats up to 4 bottles a day with me ( the feed him mid day at times too if he didn't eat well in the morning), which I have been told by the farm hands to feed him, and he will eat everything.... but while he's eating he starts to shake and almost seem like he is vibrating, they have told me it's normal but I've never raised a calf before so I'm not sure how to react. This is ferdinand, he is a sweet boy but doesn't even make noise yet... at least I haven't heard him over the heifers around him.
can anyone give me any advice on raising this little guy? Part of the reason for his size was he was a twin but the other calf didn't make it...