Post by buzymomibe on Sept 14, 2012 0:57:47 GMT -5
She basically folder herself over and just laid on the ground. She scared me at first she like rolled her eyes back in her head and like summersulted over herself and then just sort of laid there. My understanding was to tie the rope to the fence, but how should I do that when she tries to roll around like that? I worry she'll break her neck or something. Do I just keep the rope super short so she can't roll? Sorry for all the questions this is our first time. I searched the Tree but just didn't find a actual answer. Theresa
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2014 16:42:40 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
What you have there is the "dead calf trick"! Most babies do it when we are trying to lead them somewhere but they won't do it when tied to something. It's scary the first time but it gets funnier as the calves get older and you have more of them born at your place. I had a two month old bull calf pull it on me just this afternoon. I dragged him on his side, eyes rolled back, body limp and seemingly drained of all life until I could tie him to his tree. When I walked toward him, miracle of miracles! he jumped right up and was alive again. Once she is tied, she won't do it again and will quickly learn that the fence is an okay place to be. *giggle, giggle, giggle* Oh, try to get a picture next time too cause we'd all like a laugh.
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When she does that, laugh at her, make fun of her, rub and poke her all over - stick your fingers up her nose, just basically be annoying. Then when she hops up, continue on with the lesson. DON'T reward her for doing the flop by ending the leading lesson - that's what she wants. Keep an eye on her in case she gets herself in a pickle, but once she figures out that it doesn't accomplish anything, she will quit.
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I'm a big, bad meany! When they flop, I cover their nose - they want air, they have to get up. It's also a lesson they don't want to repeat, so they stay on their feet after a time or two. Even works on big ol' range cows that have laid down in the squeeze chute.
Yeah, Dottie did that to me once when she was 8 months pregnant with her first calf. Scared me to death. watching her and her big belly fold over and flop to the ground! It's a drama-queen trick; nothing to worry about. But I like the ideas the others have come up with to discourage it, especially covering their nose. I'm so gonna try that!!
When you tie them to a pole, always put them somewhere you can watch them. Occasionally they really do get themselves in an awkward position or tangled up and need to be rescued. Most likely the calf won't put on a show fir a boring old fence post; though my Scarlette did some pretty impressive sumersaults until the learned that the pole was unimpressed.
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Post by stablefood on Sept 14, 2012 10:32:02 GMT -5
Ive had foals try that crap too. They all soon learn to lead... I also like Ann's way of getting them up. Just keep at it and use all the good advice you can get here!
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Ha!! Think toddler in the grocery store tantrum.....
That's pretty much all it is, they're just a lot bigger.
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Mine always do it once. I just wait for them to get back up, and then continue on with the leading lesson. I guess they figure it doesn't get them off the lead rope, so they don't do it again. It IS hysterically funny, but I think now I laugh more at the mommas because they fall for it EVERY TIME! They moo and circle and they're absolutely SURE you've just killed their little baby! I don't know why they haven't figured out that it's all an act by now. Every single calf falls over, and every single time momma thinks I've killed it!
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