I'm located just outside Houston TX. Weather's been mid 80's and we had a cool front come through and got down into the low 70's about the time he went off feed.
He does have access to calf starter, fresh water, and is on pasture. He's not touching the starter yet. I measure and monitor it.
No scours! Bm's show he's just starting to nibble on some grass. He's moping around and just seems off a little. If not for that I'd think he's supplementing the milk replacer with grass.
Calf is small at about 50 lbs.
He just took 3 pints this evening. None this am or last night.
Seems to be the consensus of opinion that you don't give calves all they want.
We did back in the day when I was growing up. We didn't raise many bottle calves but the ones we did got all they would take 2-3 times per day, milk replacer, access to a creep feeder and of course a water trough.
The hogs, chickens, geese, ducks and calves all had access to bulk feeders.
Horses where the only livestock we rationed. The horses where pets and didn't need to be fattened up to market weight.
Please express some opinions on why you don't give bottle calves all they want.