Baby is with Mom for 2-1/2 days to receive antibodies needed for a healthy immune system
Babies get vitamin injections & oral plasma from donor Dad. Navel is clamped and treated with essential oils.
Mom and baby have private area for nursing.
Calf is weight and temp checked every day for first two weeks. Weight and height is monitored after two weeks.
Separation at a couple days, we found, is easier for Mom and baby. Baby and Mom cannot see or hear each other.
Until two weeks old, we spend 24 hours a day with the baby in our house. Bottle feeding start at every two hours and gradually increase in amount and time between. By two weeks, they only need four bottles from 7am – 10pm, nothing overnight.
Training is started at one week – halter training, exposing to noise, socializing with dog, cat and pig, walking thru the house.
All this interaction makes a difference in the reindeer for its entire life.