However! This was quite handy because in the hay between the house and the goat yard is my favorite Glory Bee catching area. It’s a narrow area blocked on the far end by the goat pen. There’s only one way out, so it just takes one person to block the exit and another to go in and snap on the lead. Nowhere for the Bad Baby to go!
We could have used about 20 people to hold her head while we put on the calf weaner, but the other 18 didn’t show up. After some struggling (understatement), the deed was accomplished anyway.
Back to BP-land and mama. She went for it immediately.
And went for it.
And went for it!
All to no avail!
She can’t nurse! When she gets under BP, she has to shove upward to suck and the flap of the calf weaner falls down over her mouth.
There’s no way around it. But when she puts her head down to eat, she can “shake” it forward out of her way.
It took her a few minutes to figure out the system, but once she nailed it, she was fine.
Or as fine as a sad, spoiled overgrown baby can be when she can’t suck on her mommy anymore.
It’s disconcerting and discombobulating for everybody.
I will admit that I don’t like doing this–I’m such a spoiler with my animals, but then that’s part of the problem. I’d rather give Glory Bee cake and cookies and a trip to Disney World any day than put a calf weaner on her, but it has some good points, too. For one thing, it’s a necessity at this point. She’s a year old and a calf that big is hard on a mother’s udder. BP doesn’t need a cow nearly as heavy as she is bumping her udder and pushing her around. I’ve tried separating them for months at a time and she still isn’t weaned. I can’t put her back in the goat yard–the goats need that yard back to themselves and Glory Bee tears it up. We could put up electric in the first field in the meadow bottom, which I’d been planning before I found out about calf weaners, but then Glory Bee would have to be separated from BP. Both she and BP prefer to be together. The calf weaner enables me to keep them together and still wean her. I have no idea how long the calf weaner will need to stay on to be sure she’s weaned. It wasn’t easy putting it on, so I don’t want to be in a hurry taking it off. (If anyone is knowledgeable about how long we should keep it on to get the result of having her weaned, let me hear it!) Meanwhile, she’s sporting a stylish Hannibal Lechter look for fall. Just in time for Halloween!
After putting her back in with BP and observing her test-run trying to milk, I turned around to find this.
It never ends around here, I tell ya!