Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bucket Bottle Calf

When a cow is unable to care for a newborn calf, a common practice is to raise the animal independently. These animals are nicknamed bucket calves because they are fed with a bucket or a bottle until they are weaned.

Didn't the previous paragraph sound like I know what I'm talking about. That is thanks to Google. Because when Jason suggested we get a couple of bucket bottle calves for the kids to take care of this summer, I really was clueless. But, since we're always up for an adventure around our house, I was all for it!

We received the girl {heifer} first. Her name is Lola Aleshia Sanders. Cooper came up with 'Lola,' Gabe added the middle name 'Aleshia,' and of course why wouldn't the new member of our clan share our last name.

A few days later the boy {bull} arrived. His name is MJ. He was originally named 'Yoda' by the kids, but dad overruled and called him MJ {he came to us with an ear tag numbered 23, Michael Jordan's number. Hence, MJ.}

The kids feed the calves from their bottles twice a day, which they love {the calves AND the kids.} It's been a joy to watch Gabe, Cooper and Chloe take on the responsibility of taking care of the calves. They really enjoy the whole process. And although I would never want to have a whole herd of cows, these two calves are quite an adorable addition to our clan. And their little Moo's are adorable too!

Here's some photos from our new adventure...

Lola...




Cooper feeding Lola...


Gabe feeding Lola...


Chloe holding the calves' bottle...


Gavin wishing his bottle was as big as the calves...


Our cat, Walle, does not care for the calves. He sits in the tree above them with his back hunched, ready to attack...




Chloe with MJ, very reminiscent of little house on the prairie...

13 comments:

Tara Anderson said...

What fun for the kids!!! And I love that final picture of Chloe with the calf!

TanyaLea said...

That is AWESOME! What a great experience for the entire family! I loved helping our neighbors with chores when I was little, before we moved to town. Great memories!!

Your children are all GORGEOUS as usual... but I LOVE the photo of Gavin and the bottle... too funny!!!

And what kind of a setting did you use for that last photo of your Chloe?...it is a BEAUTIFUL shot!!

Our Khloe is doing great and she is LOVE'IN the clothes you sent us... we have sure appreciated them...thanks again! :) I love knowing that both of our girls have used them! :)

Take care and have a blessed week!

Love,
Tanya

Shawna&Co. said...

How fun! What a great experience for the kids!

Gail said...

Awesome pics and post Angie, how great that you have these calves now and your children can experience this. The pic of Gavin and the bottle is hilarious!!!!

Kim said...

I love it! Cows are one of my favorite animals. I love all of the pictures but the last is my favorite too. Have fun with your new additions!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Wow, that is quite an undertaking, much different than getting a new dog! ha

They are so cute and what a cool experience for your kids. Your pics are wonderful!!

Thanks for stopping by, I have been out of the loop lately!! :-)

Jodee Leader said...

Holy cow! What a fun experience for your kids. I also love the last picture!

Ellie said...

What a fun life you have! This is so great for the kids. Love the photos, I'm especially in love with the last one!!!

MamaPajama said...

I'm glad to hear we're not the only ones who have been having a crazy-busy summer! I haven't checked in for a while, but I see I didn't miss many entries as you've been busy too. :-)

Also, I like how my idea of a summer project is to knit a small shawl, while yours is to get two calves! I love the picture of Gavin with the bottle. So adorable. Hope you're having a great summer.

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