How to tame a CRAZY calf???

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  1. Chicken Charlotte

    Chicken Charlotte Out of the Brooder

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    I need help, I want to do it in a way where I can not get hurt of course. So any ideas would be GREAT!
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:how old is your calf? it all depends on his/her age, if it is few months or few wekks old.
    I have 4 heifers, the youngest which is a year old now is the seetest and I raised her on bottel, she still thinks that she is a little one and still let me play with her as I please, the other one I bought from my friend, she is about 18 months now she is relatively tame, comes for treat but she does not like me to pet her.
    the other two are also raised on bottle, but by mother in Law and when I got them here they were a little over 6 months and they are tame and I can play with them, but only when they are in a good mood.
     
  3. Chicken Charlotte

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    Quote:how old is your calf? it all depends on his/her age, if it is few months or few wekks old.
    I have 4 heifers, the youngest which is a year old now is the seetest and I raised her on bottel, she still thinks that she is a little one and still let me play with her as I please, the other one I bought from my friend, she is about 18 months now she is relatively tame, comes for treat but she does not like me to pet her.
    the other two are also raised on bottle, but by mother in Law and when I got them here they were a little over 6 months and they are tame and I can play with them, but only when they are in a good mood.

    Um I think about 7 or 8 months, thats a guess. She was not raised on a bottle and is very crazy she will not come for a bucket or anything. We got her in the pen surprisingly and left her there so we can tame her. But we need to tame her so when she grows up we can keep her and she will be easy to get in the yards and she will not hurt anyone.
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:how old is your calf? it all depends on his/her age, if it is few months or few wekks old.
    I have 4 heifers, the youngest which is a year old now is the seetest and I raised her on bottel, she still thinks that she is a little one and still let me play with her as I please, the other one I bought from my friend, she is about 18 months now she is relatively tame, comes for treat but she does not like me to pet her.
    the other two are also raised on bottle, but by mother in Law and when I got them here they were a little over 6 months and they are tame and I can play with them, but only when they are in a good mood.

    Um I think about 7 or 8 months, thats a guess. She was not raised on a bottle and is very crazy she will not come for a bucket or anything. We got her in the pen surprisingly and left her there so we can tame her. But we need to tame her so when she grows up we can keep her and she will be easy to get in the yards and she will not hurt anyone.

    Well in this case paitient is your best friend, just try to spend some time standing next to her every day and she might come out of it, but she needs to see the same person or persons every day, also ask your vet for some relaxing shots to let her comm down.
     
  5. Chicken Charlotte

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    Quote:Um I think about 7 or 8 months, thats a guess. She was not raised on a bottle and is very crazy she will not come for a bucket or anything. We got her in the pen surprisingly and left her there so we can tame her. But we need to tame her so when she grows up we can keep her and she will be easy to get in the yards and she will not hurt anyone.

    Well in this case paitient is your best friend, just try to spend some time standing next to her every day and she might come out of it, but she needs to see the same person or persons every day, also ask your vet for some relaxing shots to let her comm down.

    Ok and when she calms down how do you halter train?
     
  6. piecemaker

    piecemaker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2008
    Centerville Texas
    Set her feed so she has to come to you to get it same with the water. I f possible don't keep water in her pen she only gets it when she comes to you to get a drink or to eat.She will give in before she dies of thrist. When she is comfortable with that feed her some cubes by hand. I saw a man do this with a rank bull that would just as soon kill ya as look at ya. With in a week that bull followed him around like a dog. What ever you do do not let her get pushy with you. If that happen keep a longe whip with you and bump her on the head with it to say hey i am the boss here. Good luck with her
     
  7. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We halter break calves (wild, gentle, indifferent) by putting them in a head gate and putting a rope halter on them and tying them up to a solid sturdy fence once or twice a day and let them fight the halter. They will soon learn that they are not the ones in control. We start off with 10-15 mintues and move it up to an hour or more at a time. When they are not tied up we leave the halter on them and let them drag the lead part around. When they step on it they will have to stop walking which also helps teach them about being lead. Once they learn to stand quietly and stop fighting when being tied we start rubbing them down with a show stick (this is for show calves obviously, but it will still teach them to except being touched). From there we start to brush them and get our hands all over them. This is the point in which they start to figure out that being around people is a pleasureable experience. Once they start to accept being touched we move on to trying to lead them. A good way to do this is to put a second halter on them, with a lead rope going off in each direction and get a couple of people to help you. One on each side of the calf and one behind the calf to push it when it locks up and refuses to walk. Bigger ranches will just tie the calf to a tracter or something similar that they cannot fight and pull them around that way. Some people intentionally allow the lead rope to cut into the bottom of their chin a little to make it sore so the calf will give into it. I prefer to not teach it through pain but through respect for the rope halter.

    We have tried other methods and though some of them work ok, this is by far the most effienct method of halter breaking for us. Once the calf respects the halter it will be much more excepting of being handled by people. Eventually learning to like the one who pets and feeds it.

    Good luck with your calf. I have halter broke some calves that I never thought could be safe to handle by people and in the end had small kids leading them around and showing them. It is about fooling them into thinking you are incontrol.
     
  8. Chicken Charlotte

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    Thankyou everyone! Well bad news, we moved the mothers so they could be weined. They were ages away and I mean it! This morning we look out and they are back home! I mean there
    is not enough grass for them in that paddock it is SOOOOOO annoying we spent a day getting them up there and now there back! We let the calfs out and little miss teen (me) Is going to get them back in! So I can train bella and besy of course!
     
  9. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
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    if you want to tame a calf that age itll need to be halter broke. catch it. please do not do this by yourself!!! halter it and tie it to something for a day to get the feel of the halter then in a few days tie it to the back of the hay rack and pull the hay rack with a tractor slowly. this is how i tamed my heifer too. i also advise you do NOT lead her by herself if she starts spooking sheel run and believe me you can try but reall that calf will be gone if she wants to be soooo lead have your dad lead her or the hay rack because if they get loose freom you once, theyll know theyll be able to do it again.
     
  10. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2009
    minnesota!!!!
    Quote:ya dont break her with pain. cattle arent dumb. depending on the cow it may not trust you after that. trust is another big thing in taming a calf. let it get to know you and that you are good get closer and closer to it. give it itches and comb it.
     
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