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What animal to keep with pet cow

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by tysonandperdue, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. tysonandperdue

    tysonandperdue Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    New Jersey
    Can anyone suggest what type of animal I can get to keep my pet cow company? My cow lives by herself. She has a big field and is housed in a large manger. Whatever I get would have to stay in the same housing with her. I feel bad that she had no other animal to keep her company. I do not want to get another cow. I'd like to get something smaller. Any ideas?

    I do have horses but they are kept separated from her as I don't want to mix cows and horses together.

    Thank you for any suggestions.
  2. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Bloomingdale, MI
    we keep a goat with our cow. so far it works great.
  3. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    cows get along better with another cow.
  4. Henriettahen

    Henriettahen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    whyy not a mini cow? hahaha
  5. eichenluft

    eichenluft Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2007
    goat, or sheep - they are all ruminants (chew their cud) so they would probably get along ok. But as someone said - the best friend for a cow is another cow. Like horses, they get along best with their own species. Luckily, you can get a mini horse or pony, donkey or something else small to keep with a horse - they are still equine and equines bond with other equines. My horses like my sheep, though I think they would not be happy without horse-company.

  6. lively Bee's

    lively Bee's Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    If It was me a another cow or a donkey will work out well
  7. tysonandperdue

    tysonandperdue Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    New Jersey
    I actually always wanted a donkey. Do you really think I can mix a cow with a donkey?

    1) Does anyone know if a MINATURE donkey would be okay to put with my cow?

    2) Re Goat: I heard goats are great escape artists. Is there any type of goat that likes to stick around home and not try to escape.

    As much as I love my pet cow, I don't want another cow. I just want something small to keep her company.

    Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2007
  8. scrappyroo

    scrappyroo Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2007
    Binghamton, New York
    My year old miniature Zebu bull will cuddle and clean the the two pygmy goats kept with him. Is your cow huge? wouldn't want it to step on something way smaller than itself.
  9. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    There are actually miniature cows. I read about them in hobby farms magazine. I actually though about getting a couple. Here's a website for the mini herefords. http://www.miniaturehereford.org/
  10. lively Bee's

    lively Bee's Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2007
    Quote:Yes you can mix donkeys with cattle with no problems. from what I have see minatures have more health issues then a reg.

    As far as a goat if you have a good fence they wont get out a round or two of eletric fence will help alot. Good at home breeds are Nigerian Dwarf, Pygmy Goat, and nubians all work great also you can mlk nubians and have freash milk and butter.

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