Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Things are hopping around here. The calves are coming steadily and that means there is a lot to do. We have seven calves at the time this was being written. That may change by the time I get outside, at first light. It is early here and I am taking a bit of time to enjoy a coffee while I write this.
On Sunday, My Hero and I walked into the bush to check the cows and the familiar Gobble gobble brought a smile to my face. As I stepped into the bush I could hear them in front of me. I grabbed my camera and walked slowly. There happened to be a cow with a calf there so I was distracted by that. Then I saw a coyote, another distraction. I yelled at the coyote, and then right above my head, turkeys flew off. Trees full of turkeys. They had been roosting in the trees. They are very clever.
You are now wondering about that coyote; are you not?
Well, that coyote has been around here for years. It is not a threat to the cattle or to me. If it was, we would have seen that trouble a long time ago. There was however, a problem that I am not so sure about. Two more coyotes have been snooping around. They do not hang out with this coyote.
One morning, I thought a calf had twins so I headed over to check it out. It was our resident coyote. It walked around the cow. Neither the cow nor the calf worried. If they are not worried, I am not worried. Cow mothers have good instincts. I scared it off and continued on with my checks.
The next morning, on my morning check I was walking on the ridge when I heard a calf blat. If you have ever heard a calf blat, you will never forget it. They are loud. All of our cows charged down the ridge into the bush. I followed.
There, two coyotes that I had never seen before ran off as fast as they could go. One of those coyotes had a limp. There was something wrong with its back leg. To, me it looked like someone had possibly shot at it or it had been trapped at one time.
The calf that had let out that warning was standing with his Mom, in the middle of a force to be reckoned with "army" of cows. Those coyotes just kept on running across the neighbours field. My theory is that those coyotes happened to get too close to a sleeping calf and to have startled it. If there had been some kind of altercation there would have been signs. Coyotes’ are clever and cows can be aggressive when they need to be.
The coyotes have lots to eat here. If they wanted to take down a calf, they certainly have had many chances to do so. There are turkeys, lots of turkeys. There are rodents, lots of rodents, and there are lots of deer. At this time I am not going to worry, till I have to. My hope is that they were just passing through and I will not see those two strangers again. If I do we will have to make a decision as to what to do.
As you can see, there does not appear to be any mothers or their babies worried.
In the meantime, I will keep you all updated as to the happenings here on the farm, when I can. I have my hands full. I thought that you would like to see some cute photos of those calves. These beautiful faces greet me every day. This makes me happy. I will post when I can. The sun is going to be up in an hour so I best get moving.