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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It Doesn't Always Pay to Reach for Greener Grass

We awoke this morning to lightning, thunder, and the wonderful sound of rain! So I wasn't in a hurry to go to the chicken houses and proceeded with the housework. I looked out the window, as is my custom, and saw this "fence", such as it is, lying on the ground. For months (more like years now) I've wanted this make-shift fence to be taken down and a permanent one put up. Anyway, all these panels were down, except the orange one. It was being held up at the far end by one of the heifers.

I hurried to the chicken houses to get Popa, (no time to take pictures of this part) and when we got closer we could see that her head was stuck inside the bottom "leg" of the panel. It's easier to get into trouble than out; she had been reaching for greener grass.

Popa chained the panel to the truck, and in the midst of close lightning and rain, he finally managed to cut the leg off with a reciprocating saw. Very dangerous work: a terrified heifer and standing on wet groud in a lightning storm! There's always something interesting to do on a farm! I wonder, do you think she learned it doesn't always pay to reach for greener grass?

Charlotte


13 comments:

  1. that reminds me of the one and only time we had a dog - the darn thing got it's head caught in the fence after dark in a storm and it was just me and the girls at home - I had to get a saw and had my oldest hold the umbrella up over my head as I was sawing the metal to break it in order to get the dog's head out - still remember to this day and that must be 28 years or so ago.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog

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  2. One would hope so, but somehow I have the feeling if the grass looks greener she's going for it!
    So glad all ended well Charlotte.

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  3. Oh wow!!!! I wouldn't have wanted to be out working in that this morning! There was a wicked crack of lightening with an immediate clap of thunder just as I stepped outside, and it made the hair stand up on my neck as I ran for the car! Glad you got her out ok. Maybe she learned her lesson!

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  4. I would like to think the heifer learned her lesson, but you can never tell about cows. They're a bit unpredictable as to when their curiosity or munchies will get the best of them and get them into trouble. ;)
    I'm glad you saw her and you all got her out without her being hurt and hopefully not too traumatized.
    Well done, my farming friend! :)

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  5. I hope she learned, but sometimes hardheadeness (is that a word?) henders our judgement!

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  6. One would think so but with a cow, all they can see is the green grass on the other side. I bet she was happy too, to get the rain..

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  7. Oh, that just sounds scary! Glad it all worked out okay.
    No, the cow probably didn't learn a lesson... that grass will continue to be greener!

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  8. Never a dull moment! So glad your story had a happy ending.

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  9. Oh my goodness! I do not like to be out in lightening...........but when one's animals are in need, one loses their fear........right? In our area, I am always seeing goats with their heads stuck in a fence..........standing on their own green grass. LOL So glad you were able to get her free! But hurray for the rain! Blessings, Kathleen

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  10. I sure do hope she learned! God
    was watching out for her.

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  11. Yikes so the greener grass really isn't worth going for.
    What an adventure eh! Happy it all worked out fine though.

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  12. What an exciting start to the day! And no I doubt she learned anything :) That green grass is so tempting : )

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  13. Uh-oh... that could have had a bad ending! Glad everyone is okay.

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