Do cattle roost?

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  1. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    Oh duh of course. The harness seems like the best solution so far, but the leather ones are a pricey.
    Any other suggestions?
     
  2. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Of course!! They dont like the prices!!
     
  3. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    precisely. You know cows are so humble.
     
  4. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    If you could put diapers on the cows at bed time it would eliminate the need for poop boards.
     
  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    That's one droopy looking nappy. I wonder if Pampers makes a disposable.
     
  6. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    I thought so too. You would think he could have done a better job putting it on them...
     
  7. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Can you imagine where the poop is going to run when she poops???? Right between her teats!!!!

    GROSS!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  8. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

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    I've raised lots more cows than I've raised chickens,and I've done
    learned a few things the average chicken farmer doesn't know...

    There's an art to raising happy cows. Not to many people know what
    I know about cattle-roosting. You've got to have good, solid trees.
    Hardwood stuff, like oaks and the like. Them soft wood trees, the limbs
    tend to break out from under the calf as they begin to grow. Ever look at
    a tree with the lower limbs broke or hanging down? Yep...fat cows, what
    done it.

    Same as you look, see a tree leaning badly : like it's done growed all
    crooked. I've seen it in every farmers forest. To many cows on the one
    side of a tree. You've got to train them to kind of spread out, keep the tree
    balanced.

    And you need to top the trees. Either that, or get a really long extension
    ladder. Cow gets spooked, they tend to go higher in the tree. They can climb
    UP real good. Getting back down...not so easy for a cow. Sometimes you
    got to up there and fling them down. So short trees work better.

    Back when I was a kid, Daddy had a cow one time that built it's nest up in the
    tree in the back yard. Cow nest...I got a picture of it somewhere, cause I know
    you don't believe me. Anyway, old cow built her nest up there and laid her eggs.
    Three eggs. I could see it out my bedroom window, as I slept in the attic. About
    four stories up, on account I don't think my parents liked me very much. Everyone
    else had a bedroom on the first floor. But me, they made me sleep in the attic.

    Anyway, I watched those cows hatch. Wasn't much to do in the attic, so I watched
    those calfs all the time. And I know for a fact that those calfs didn't never come out
    of a tree for two years. They was plumb wild, jumped from limb to limb like a monkey.

    They wouldn't of come down then, but my brother and me got to shaking the tree one
    day. And wouldn't you know, one of those cows fell right on my brothers head. Dang
    near 'bout killed him. Lesson learned....you want to be a cow farmer, you need to wear
    one of them there hard-hats. Just go on down to your local feedstore and get one. They
    tend to keep them behind the counter, you gotta ask for one.

    I've seen cows fall out of trees, wind blows them out of trees. And sometimes, a cow can
    be just plain mean and jump on you.

    I've had to wrastle a few cows. It ain't easy.

    But before you go to buying too many cows, you need to count your trees. Figure three
    cows to a tree. Don't want to many, break all your trees. Unless of course, you have a
    wood burner in the house. Beats chopping wood for sure.

    Told you my Daddy didn't like me? We had a wood burner in the house. 'Course, it didn't
    be heating my attic. But it was my job to chop the wood. My Daddy gave me the dullest
    ax in the world. It didn't have no sharp side. I'd complain and Dad said it would make me
    strong. What it did was make me want electric heat.

    Anytime you want to know about cow roosting, just ask. I be glad to help.
     
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  9. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

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    Ever see a good pasture field, not but one scawy tree in the middle of it?

    Yep, theres a reason. Whole field of trees, cows wouldn't ever come to the
    barn. So the one tree was for emergencey use...like in case a cow hawk was
    flying a little too close.

    Its hard to milk a cow in a tree...my bucket kept falling out.
     

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