I got a calf halter! I was so excited. I’m going to put that on the baby and lead her around like we stepped out of Mary Had A Little Lamb. Won’t that be cute?
Only I’m notorious for my inability to figure out how to put on halters of any kind.
Just figuring out what goes where and in which direction is usually enough to make me let somebody else do it, but this time I was determined.
I headed out in search of BP.
Chickens are always following me. They never know what I might have in my pocket.
Plus, they like Beulah Petunia, too.
Chickens eating BP poo.
I told you!
There are all sorts of reasons to put a halter on a calf. For one thing, this is a future milk cow. I need her to be tame and friendly, and I need to be able to move her around if and when necessary. In general, you also want to be able to handle a calf as needed for vaccinations or other treatment. Glory Bee started out pretty friendly, and she will still frolic around me and come up to my hand, but she has grown skittish when I pet her. That’s to be expected of a mama-raised baby. It’s the same thing with lambs or baby goats. If they’re separated from their mothers and bottle-fed, they’re more friendly than if they’re left with their mothers. Getting a halter on Glory Bee, and using a lead on her at times, will make us able to handle her more and socialize her to our handling, which most importantly, in the end, will make her a tame milker.
The baby was busy.
I studied BP’s halter.
And I figured out how it goes on.
Now I just needed the baby!
I’m not telling you how much time I spent chasing this baby around the yard while she galloped like a colt and Beulah Petunia got more and more mad at me, saying, “Noooo,” instead of Moooo. And I said, “BUT I FIGURED OUT HOW THE HALTER GOES ON AND EVERYTHING!”
What it looks like when a cow gives you the Evil Eye.
Stay tuned for Round Two. I shall overcome! I’m not letting a baby cow beat me! Can you imagine??
Dateline: Stringtown, West Virginia.
WOMAN BEATEN BY BABY COW
A woman, reportedly beaten by a baby cow on a farm in the boonies, declined to comment on the incident that occurred late Tuesday. Officers arrived at the scene after chickens in the area filed a disturbance call. A goat identified only as ‘Clover’ stated to officers that the woman had been harassing the baby cow before the beating and that she was known for her inability to control animals. “It’s embarrassing, really,” Clover said. “But at least she makes good cookies.”
Officers attempted to question the woman about the reported harassment, but she fled the scene in chore boots. A calf halter was taken into evidence. The case remains under investigation.