Good evening, daisy has been unwilling to enter the headgate since she was originally locked in. This has caused me concern since she has begun running away from me when I try and get her in. So I decided to tie her to a large steel piece of equipment that she could not hurt her self on. I tied her up last night and she broke two old ropes I tried to use. So went to the store and got a collar and a chain this morning.
She is currently chained to the equipment within reach of food, water, and salt block. She has enough room to lie down but not get into trouble or hurt herself, nothing else around her. I got her chained this morning and she has finally settled down to where she will eat and drink. While I was petting her I went around the back side to check on her and she has a 2 foot string of mucus coming out and all of the other signs of impending birth are there. It looks like she could calf tonight but I do not know whether to unchain her for that. Again she is just getting to the point that she will submit from the chain and not try and run away. I cal also lead her a bit pulling on the chain where last night and this morning she was fighting it.
In the past I have kept my cows chained for 2 to 3 days after which they were always very docile and easy to handle. I am hesitant to unchain her for this reason and don’t know with 100% that she is going to have her calf tonight. It doesn’t appear she would have any trouble having the calf or feeding it or taking care of it with the chain on. I also know that I could be missing something. Is it OK to leave her chained?
No, it is not ok to leave her chained. There are so many ways this can end disastrously. This is not the time to be working with a cow. When you do work on halter training later, there are other methods that are much safer. She would benefit greatly if you earned her trust rather than making her submit out of necessity.
Post by Meadow Creek Mama on Oct 16, 2020 17:58:26 GMT -5
Put her in a pen (10 x 10) or corral untied. Then she's contained in case the birth needs assistance.
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Post by Applelonia on Oct 16, 2020 19:18:44 GMT -5
Please do not leave her chained/tied up....very unsafe!
I completely agree with others that she needs to be able to get up and down and move around when calving. It is a natural part of the birthing process that a cow needs to be able to move and readjust as needed. Calving is stressful enough on a cow ...and being chained would just add to the stress. And heaven forbid something happened to her calf - a cow could kill themselves trying to get free to get to their calf.
As for her calming down...France our original Guernsey came to me basically wild. After calfhood she grew up free cow in a herd. The hauler reinforced the trailer door for the 1,500 mile trip. It was a process to actually get her on the trailer. She didn’t allow people to touch her and shook her horns at people - after observing her, and watching the cadence/pattern of horn movement, I determined her behavior was done out of fear and uncertainty - she was not being aggressive - so no discipline - as in this particular situation it would have only been harmful. Instead reassurance... that I was safe - this was done by my body posture and tone.
She’d never been confined and jumped out of her closed stall door to get out of the barn when I tried closing her in.
Just over two weeks I was moving her head gently this way and that as she rested in her stall chewing cud. I did this by quiet interaction with her and getting her to trust me...I changed my tone and cadence depending on how she reacted until I found the cadence that was most calming to her and I sat out in the barn and just talked to her and let her observe me as I slowly went about doing chores. Cows often prefer slow movements - nothing rushed. Body movements are very important in showing a cow they are safe and you can be trusted.
If cows trust their owner, a good respectful relationship can be built ...force a cow into submission and one might have obedience but they will not have a happy cow and they will miss out on that special bond that only forms from complete trust.
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