Post by genebo on Jun 5, 2014 23:53:16 GMT
They say that if you do anything long enough, you're bound to get hurt doing it. Well it finally came true for me today. I got cow bit!
I know, cows can't bite you, because they have no top teeth. But boy, can they pinch!
I was feeding some bread to the chickens when Eve came over to get a piece of bread. I fed her 3 pieces, and then told her, "No more!" She tried to reach her mouth in to get another slice. I turned my hand away and stuck the bread under my other arm. Eve is like all cows, she can't see straight in front of her nose. She opened her mouth wide and clamped down where the bread used to be, only it was my shirt sleeve.
Wow! did that hurt. That girl can bite down hard! She pinched a little piece of skin in between layers of shirtsleeve and proceeded to tug on it just like she was taking a bite of tough grass. It pulled the skin right off!
Eve realized something wasn't right (maybe she smelled blood), so she quit, but it was too late. I had a quarter-sized chunk of skin missing. Taken off as neatly as if a surgeon did it.
Now I have a problem. What do I do about this? Should I spread the word so people can muzzle their cows? Should I have Eve de-toothed, like some have their cows de-horned? Should I outcross her to a toothless bull to try to develop a toothless strain of Dexters?
Or should I just give her a hug and next time, let her have a 4th slice of bread?
Poor girl. I probably scared her to death when I screamed. She took off running, half-way across the pasture. I probably shouldn't have screamed, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.