There is no way to keep them happy in the confined area we have for them. It of course is a temporary area. I was hoping that they could get use to me in there. So we opened up the gate to the corral. We discovered what the problem was. Edie (the pregnant cow) was and still is being bullied by Letichia (the mama cow, who we are now calling mama. Two syllables are so much easier to deal with when calling them). Getting them a little more space is helping out that situation. Mama was also not allowing Edie to eat. We are wondering if that is why she isn't so full in her pregnancy. We also noticed that Edie's udders are starting to fill out. Could it be close to calving time?
Hopefully the new calf doesn't look like this.
Friday, after my post here, I went out to tempt the girls with some grain. I called Edie in first as she has yet to threaten my life. On the first time I got her into the stanchion.
My husband took the bucket from me, and tempted her through the opening,
Unfortunately the stanchion is too short.
Fortunately, this is why it isn't a permanent fixture. We needed to size it up. I am having a real difficult time finding any books on Dexter's. They say that there is one out there, but no one that sells it seems to still be around. ~sigh~
I went out into the corral to tempt Mama. She did come up to me, but wouldn't follow. So I allowed her to have the treat out in the corral. Just getting her close to me with out the stomping, scratching hoof, or the shaking of the head at me was accomplishment enough. Speaking of head shaking. My 10 year old's friend came over this weekend and kept calling the girls, bulls. We corrected him many times, finally he said. Bulls are usually the ones you see with horns, not cows, it's weird.
Saturday the girls were waiting for me next to the stanchion. Eddie walked right in for her treat, Mama was throwing a small fit about it, and scared Edie off.
Sunday morning they were again waiting for me. Mama wasn't allowing Edie in the barn, so I called Mama over and she walked right into the stanchion! oh my! She is trusting me more. I was allowed to scratch her without being threatened. I think we are making progress. Now I need to know the symptoms of cow labor. I tried to look it up and all I can find is the stages, but no real descriptions of what to look for. I know several of you raise Dexter's, can you help? Or am I just going to walk out one day and there will be a new calf?
For those of you asking about how tall the girls are.
My husband is 6'1" and not standing up straight. They are rather small, but these girls are on the tall side of the Dexter's.
Sunday we also spent the day cleaning up the corral, all those tractors and such that you see in the background are now gone.
I like cows. ~dorky smile~