This calf was born in the correct position naturally by her mother, but her mother (a first time mother) did not take care of her after she was born. It was about 35 degrees the morning she was born and she was cold when we found that her mother had totally abandoned her. We quickly moved her to the "hot box," an enclosed box with a heater that would help her warm up.
We suspect that she suffered from White Muscle Disease which is caused by a deficiency of either Selenium or Vitamin E. She was a little better after a selenium injection, but not great. I gave her an injection of liquid vitamin E and she really seemed to come around. Antibiotics really didn't seem to be necessary at the time.
Our 7 year old is currently in charge of fixing her bottles and making sure she gets fed.
We built her a little shed out of hay, that is warmer than just boards keeping the drafty winds out. She loves to lay in in.
Our little man had to go in and make sure she liked it OK. LOL
We are now asking for your help! We are having trouble coming up with a name for her. Our seven year old wants you to help us! Give me your names here in the comments or on Facebook and he will pick her name from the list.
UPDATE: To see the list of names and the one that was selected please go to this post...And He Named the Little Heifer.