So what are some of the first signs a calf may not be feeling great? One is where they choose to lay down. Ideally, they should be sleeping scattered evenly around the pen, instead of in one giant clump together. Sometimes they may sleep next to one or two other calves, especially if they are buddies. However, if they are obviously trying to seclude themselves from the group, it can be a good warning sign that something isn't right. Calves that lay against the walls or in a corner are ones that should be watched closely.
Laying against a wall or in a corner when in a barn like this one can indicate a problem. In a pasture setting, it would be like going to hide somewhere alone to rest like in the bushes/trees or the farthest corner of the field, which is part of their built in survival instinct.
In a barn, laying against a wall or in a corner is the closest they can get to hiding. Animals hide when they aren't feeling well because they are attempting to hide from predators - if they aren't as visible they feel safer. A sick animal wants to be secluded and in hiding, not hanging out with their buddies like they do when they feel well. They especially like to sleep in secluded corners, aka the corners of death, as my dad and I referred to them in this barn. In the pens without a corner to hide in they will sleep against a wall instead. If anyone is sleeping in the corner or against a wall, they should be looked at more closely to see if they are showing other signs of potentially being sick.
What can those signs be? I have several that I look for so be watching my next posts to find out! #farm #farming #farmer #farmlife #farm365 #lynden #lyndenwa #bellingham #bellinghamwa #wwu #washington #whatcomcounty #dairy #dairyfarm #dairycalftodairycow429