Canesisters 2023 journal - turning my Disasters into Delights

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PUNKINS!!!!
For the cows & the chickens.... & a friend's goats, & 2 other friend's chickens, & another friend's pigs....

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Miss B in her new coat
 

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Sooo.... it appears that I just may have completed 2 days with nothing needing to be corrected! :weee
My trainer is taking the rest of the week off. I'm off Monday to - finally! - get Marilyn (1yr 7mo "kitten") spayed.

Weaning is going poorly. Locking Blossom up 6am-6pm is making no difference - except in my work load. I bought a few of those green plastic weaning rings..
I can't figure out HOW I'm supposed to stretch a 1/2" gap over a 4" nose 😵‍💫. Any suggestions? Maybe a soak in boiling water??? But, won't that burn the inside of her nose?
 

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You have to put a halter on her and snug her head so she can't move it... Put her in the stanchion... halter her, pull halter/head way over to side and tie it off so she is basically immobile. Put one of the "knobs" in one nostril, then pull other nostril as you twist it a little to pop it in...
NOW, if these are for little calves, they will not fit... you need a weaning nose ring that is for bigger calves..
They are very hard to stretch and twist...... because they are not supposed to stretch for the calf to get them out... and they will get them out sometimes...

Because you do not have a way to permanently separate them with no chance of even sucking through a fence, I don't have any better suggestions... The little green kind I don't think will do it. I have some with sharp spikes (plastic) that will cause the cow to kick her everytime she goes to reach up and suck as the spikes jabs the cow's udder and she will kick... BUT... this is no good for you if you are thinking of milking... she will kick you as a reaction...

I'm thinking make an appt for blossom, suffer through her still nursing until then, and process her as baby beef... or sell her...
If you want to milk the cow, then the calf needs to be totally separated at this point... how old is she???
 
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