Our other cow, Valley, who'd been here a couple of months also escaped this morning, because I had thought the other escapee had jumped the ditch and didn't fix the place which my children (who are always right ) had said was messed up.
So Valley went way down the road to find that herd of cows and we got her back, but her feet and legs got a bit wet (like she hadn't been standing out in the rain for the past couple of days...) and she is shivering, not constantly, but a cold shivering instead of a shaking because of flies.
My daughter had her tied up in the lean-to where she was out of the wind, but when I untied her, she went right out to meet the new cow. I can take her back to the lean-to and re-tie her (my daughter had used a different rope and I didn't want Valley to get stangled), but since she moved right on out, I wondered if I needed to do anything about this? And if so, besides putting her back in the lean-to, what?
ETA: Oops, posted too soon My daughter had fed her grain to get her back, so I hadn't wanted to feed her more.
Shivering is the body's way to generate more heat. If you can get her out of the wind until she dries off a little, that will make you feel better.
If she knows where it's warm and is choosing to be out where it's not, then she's probably not that uncomfortable.
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