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I’m new to raising cattle. This year my sons and I are raising two bottle calves. One calf seems to be a little pot bellied. He is eating starter pellets and rolled oats and has been fine for a little over a week. I also put a handful of grass hay in his pen once a day. He has plenty of water and is having regular bowel movements. The only symptoms is he has a bit of pot belly and kicks at his stomach once in awhile. Other than that he is acting normal and is drinking plenty of water. What would cause him to kick at his belly? I will get pictures tomorrow.
 

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I’m new to raising cattle. This year my sons and I are raising two bottle calves. One calf seems to be a little pot bellied. He is eating starter pellets and rolled oats and has been fine for a little over a week. I also put a handful of grass hay in his pen once a day. He has plenty of water and is having regular bowel movements. The only symptoms is he has a bit of pot belly and kicks at his stomach once in awhile. Other than that he is acting normal and is drinking plenty of water. What would cause him to kick at his belly? I will get pictures tomorrow.
Kicking at his belly usually is a symptom of pain in that part of the body. I recommend that you worm him and give him a probiotic to promote good rumen function. Then observe. If the kicking continues, have a vet perform an examination.
 
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