Glory Bee, locked up.
I’ve been trying to catch Glory Bee on and off for weeks. I got tired of chasing her in circles around the milk stand a long time ago, but 52 needed to have his turn.
He got a rope to lasso her like a cowboy. Only cowboys have horses so they can run as fast as calves, and we don’t have any horses.
We also have hills and rough terrain, and I don’t even think a cowboy on a horse could have caught this calf.
I’d like to see a cowboy ride circles around the milk stand with Glory Bee, then up the hill and down the hill and under the electric fence. It was impossible to herd Glory Bee into the milk stand pen. She had the wide open world at her disposal. So many different directions to go. Uphill. Downhill. The hinterlands.
She needed to be herded into a pen from a smaller world.
Step 1. Put everybody in the goat house.
Including these people.
Step 2. Get Beulah Petunia.
Step 3. Tie her up inside the goat yard and leave the goat yard gate standing wide open.
Step 4. Wait for the baby to go looking for mommy.
Step 5. Slam the gate shut! (Forgive the lack of photos accompanying some steps due to the fast-paced activity involved.)
Step 6. Run the calf across the yard, away from the gate.
Step 7. Take mommy back out the gate and back where she belongs.
Step 8. Run back and forth and all over the goat yard until the baby runs into the confined space of the goat pen.
Step 9. Slam the goat pen gate on her. Corner the wild calf and get a rope on her!
Step 10. Struggle with ill-fitting halter. Give up on halter and lovingly convince angry, bucking calf to walk from the goat yard to the milk stand pen.
Step 11. Shut the angry, bucking baby in the milk stand pen and finally get the halter on her. (Don’t forget to go back and shut the goat yard up again and let everybody out of the goat house.)
Step 12. Start crying when the calf escapes.
Then we went down and moved the sheep. It was a nice break from the exhausting wild calf.
Hello, Annabelle, you beautiful creature.
The sheep have finished mowing and trimming Frank’s field.
We moved them back to our bottom pastures for the winter. (The grass hasn’t grown up there much since we took the donkeys and BP off it, but it’s just about hay-feeding season anyway. It was time to get them back to our own fields, and back to the creek so we don’t have to carry water to them.)
Back to the baby…..
Further secure the pen then repeat steps 1 through 11 above. Do not, under any circumstances, repeat step 12.
(If you missed yesterday’s Glory Bee mad mooing video, it’s in this post.)
BP seemed to take the whole thing in stride. She sat down not far from the milk stand and read a book all afternoon. For once, she didn’t have to chase the baby. I think she was relieved.
BP: “Children are such a burden.”
As a bonus, BP didn’t run off to the hinterlands to spend the night in a thicket as usual. She stayed by the pen with Glory Bee. They were eager to be with each other by morning.
Glory Bee, drunk from her milk binge after I brought BP into the milk stand pen yesterday morning:
For now, I’ll be keeping Glory Bee in the pen fulltime, but as soon as I get a collar, I’ll be able to put a lead on her and take her out for walks. Still, I’ll be keeping her in the pen most of the time, bringing BP in morning and evening at milking time for me and Glory Bee to share, until she tames down and decides to like me because I don’t want to repeat steps 1 through 11 again.
We’re gonna be best friends, me and Glory Bee!
Whether she likes it or not.