Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Plague of Flies

Our house keeps filling up with flies. It is bizarre. And we had a six legged calf born. Look it up on google, apparently it isn't as odd as you would think and is just a weird genetic glitch. It is called conjoined or parasitic twins and happens because the twins don't separate properly. While many six legged calves live, ours had to be put down because she couldn't breathe when she stood up. (the extra legs were attached to her spine near her shoulders.) It was hard. She was a cute little thing, with a sweet temperment and innocence. We also had a cow lose a newborn in birth. All in the same day. Big Bummer. So we went this morning and got a couple little Holstein bull calves from a dairy to try to put on the mamas who lost their little ones. These are called drop calves, and the dairies don't have any use for them. This is our first attempt at this, and so far, it doesn't look like it will work. We tried all the tricks that all the 'cattle folk' gave us, (tieing on the dead calves tail, using vicks on the cows nose, etc) but the only nursing that has taken place has been when the mama cow is in the chute. But folks told us it could take awhile, so time will tell. Otherwise, Johanna is excited at the prospect of having a couple little ones to bottle feed, and she is now in charge of the cattle, because I have to leave again. While I was in Las Vegas, my dad was hospitalized. He has since been discharged, but today things took a turn for the worse, and I have to go down there and help them. I don't know how long I will be gone. So, it could be a while before we have another post. Until then, enjoy your days.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I hope things get better.
    I have flies in the house too, suddenly. We took a warm turn. They drive me absolutely bananas.
    Weird about your six legged calf too. Sorry she didn't make it either. What a run of bad luck!
    Hope it all turns around for you and we'll miss you while you're gone.

  2. May your dad be better. Life sounds rough right now. Sending you some good thoughts from across the canyon.

  3. Prayers for your Dad and family.

    And bummer about your calves. We had a cow go down yesterday - the vet is treating her with IV's and antibiotics but honestly it doesn't look too good. So hard to lose an animal.

  4. Oh, Tj, sorry about your Dad! I pray he gets better soon... and I'm amazed/saddened by the six legged calf. Sounds like crazy times.

  5. Hi TJ....... Hope your Dads better soon.

  6. Love you, sorry bout everything that's happening. I'll be praying for your dad. Poor poor little 6 legged calf

  7. Just stopping by to check on you.....Hope our Dads getting better, lot of hugs and prayers.


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