Thank God for my husband. He had to leave the farm on the 6th and was not going to come back until the 20th. Elsa’s calf was due on the 20th and she is our most difficult cow, kicking when milked and pretty wild. On the 7th he called me and said that he changed his plans and was going to come back on the 12th to try and finish the stanchion so we could get Elsa calmed down before she calved. Whew! He got in late on Friday and Saturday morning I had to leave at 7 to take our daughter to town to take her ACT test. When I got back, he so nonchalantly asks if I am warm enough to join him, but I had to go put on my muck boots. Then he tells me we had some new lambs and one was still born, and we had another new lamb, and guess who else? Elsa! YIKES!
He was feeding hay that morning and noticed Elsa standing by the water trough and not coming for the hay. Then he heard her mama noise and saw a lump by the trough in ice water and mud and rushed to pick up the half frozen heifer calf. He carried her to the shed and covered her in straw.
She could not move her cold, wet long legs and was shivering badly. Finally the sun came over the barn and so he put her in the sun while I had gotten some towels to dry her off.
Mama Elsa tried not to panic.
The sun was not doing the trick, so I warmed a blanket in the dryer and put that around her and my leather coat on top of her and held her for about 30 min. This made her start shivering again, which is a good sign she is trying to warm up.
While I was gone getting the blanket she had tried to get up, but couldn’t because she was too weak. Mama Elsa was trying to comfort her.
After she was warm, we thought it best to help her stand to try and get her legs strong. Luit held her up a while, then she stumbled and fell many times, and he would pick her up again. Her little legs gained strength and soon she was standing on her own.
She definitely was not strong enough to nurse on her own, so my dear hubby had to lay her down underneath Elsa and help her nurse. She couldn’t latch on for long so he would hold her head up for a long drink.
“Mama, why are those fat lambs eating your food?”
“I feel so much better.”
“Now why can’t I figure this out?”
“I’m sure grateful for this nice warm shed.”
“What do you mean it is supposed to pour down rain tonight and then snow six inches?”
“That was an awful night. Brrr, I can’t stop shivering! Why can’t I have one of those hairy coats like those Highlander babies? My tummy is so empty!”
“I don’t want to hurt your feelings Faline, but I think you are kind of a weenie,” said Theoden.
“Well, I will definitely get this figured out on my own, this stuff is SO GOOD!”
Lots of miracles in these few days. My husband really is my hero.