Monday, April 25, 2011

An Escapee

Last evening when heading upstairs, I happened to look out the window and saw the cows out grazing in the pasture . . . but I had to do a double-take as it looked like there was one on our side of the fence. After stopping for a closer look, sure enough, there was a calf happily grazing in our to-be goat pen area. Before long, though, the calf started to wander out in our yard so Leah and I went to move it back towards the fence a bit . . . meanwhile, Daddy was attempting to get a hold of our neighbor to let him know.

So Leah and I are out there keeping the calf near the fence, and the calf seemed nice and calm and was enjoying grazing from time to time. But then when the cows started to move further down in the pasture leaving the calf behind, the calf wanted to follow them . . . only our chicken fence (where we let the chickens out on grass) was in the way. Somehow, we're not quite sure how, the calf went right through/over the chicken fence! Then we were really in a conundrum as she started to panic with the cows leaving her behind an
d her stuck inside the chicken pen.

Here she's inside the chicken pen with the chicken fence in front of her and the barbed wire fence behind her

I was just going in to try to herd her back up towards where she had originally gotten out of the pasture, and thus, getting her out of the chicken pen as well, when the calf spied a somewhat larger opening in the pasture fence and jumped right through breaking old barbed wire strands in the process.

Shortly after this, we finally got a hold of our neighbors and could tell them that one of their calves had gotten out, but was back in again . . . and that not only was there the hole where the calf had originally gotten out, but now there was a new hole that the calf broke through when going back in. Me thinks there are going to be some fence repairs going on soon!


  1. Oh, this post made me laugh (although I'm sure you didn't think it was very funny when the calf was caught in the chicken pen and possibly about to do some serious damage! I hope your chicken fence was not damaged too badly (and I hope the escapee doesn't try a repeat performance!).

    She is a very pretty calf, though, isn't she?

  2. Oh, Sarah, this brings back some memories! When we lived in the country years ago, I looked out my kitchen window one morning and saw a cow wander out of our woods into our backyard. She was promptly followed by a LONG string of fellow bovine! I knew they must belong to our preacher-farmer-neighbor down the road, so I called him. By the time he had rounded up his herd, we had some major holes covering our property! This happened right when we were preparing to put the property on the market.

    He was very nice about coming to fix the holes--and the fence--but what a funny experience! We learned the truth of the saying, "Good fences make good neighbors!":-)

    ~ Betsy

  3. Dear Sarah,
    Oh what a fun and whimsical post :) Adventures like this sure do add a spice to life lol. I enjoyed reading it soooo much thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. LOL, they always manage to break a wire or two! Woven wire is the hardest to repair. We've had them get out and can't find where they went through the fence. Then after chasing them back in the direction they came from, they manage to find the exact spot they came through!
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your sweet comments. It's always nice to have you visit. :-)
    Looks like the gardens will have to wait a little longer; there is more rain coming, I think.
    Blessings to you,
    Miss Anne ♥

  5. I am glad that you enjoyed the post so much, Miss Linda! No, it wasn’t very funny when it was actually happening, but it was fun to experience! (For some reason that statement sounds a little contradictory. :) We don’t get adventures like that too often . . . and hopefully it won’t repeat itself in the near future! At least, I think our neighbor would appreciate if it didn’t. :)

    I would agree, she is a very pretty calf! Our neighbors have such beautiful animals as well as good quality ones. The chicken fence wasn't damaged much at all at all by her, thankfully, and it didn’t take much to get it fixed so that no chickens could escape.

  6. I enjoyed hearing your ‘cow escapee’ story, Betsy! That would have been quite the sight to see all of those cattle streaming onto your property. What an adventure! That’s too bad they made so many holes, though . . . and right at the time when you were getting ready to sell your place, too. I guess that just makes the experience all the more memorable! Reading what you shared brought back the memory of when I was probably 8 or so when someone else owned the neighboring pasture and his cattle got out in large numbers on a fairly regular basis. I remember once watching he and my Dad herd a whole bunch of cows back through the fence and onto his land again . . . it was quite an exciting experience!

    Yes, there is a lot of truth in the saying “good fences make good neighbors!” Thank you for your fun comment, Betsy, as I enjoyed reading it!

  7. It was so nice to hear from you, Bethany! Thank you for commenting. :) And I am glad that you enjoyed this post so much! Yes, things like this certainly do add spice to life . . . life never seems to be dull around here!

  8. Thank you for your sweet comment, Miss Anne!

    Yes, I would imagine that woven wire would be more difficult to repair . . . not quite like our neighbor’s barbed wire. It sounds like you have some fun/interesting stories of cattle escaping. :) Though I doubt it seems funny at the time! It’s amazing how they can seem to find those holes in the fence . . . both when originally escaping, and when its time to go back in.

    I hope you all don’t end up with too much more rain! Up here it looks like we might get a few showers and isolated storms, but not much thankfully. If the forecast stays the way it is, I am hoping to plant some things in the garden on Friday . . . my seedlings would probably be appreciative of that!

  9. Why is it that cows especially seem to want to get out? Our neighbor's cows where we used to live got out occasionally, and we always thought it was fun to watch them. They liked to drink out of our bird bath. :) Our neighbor didn't think it was very fun, though!

  10. I know what you mean, Joy! The saying "the grass is always greener on the other side" certainly seems to apply well to cattle. :)

    That's funny about the cows that would get out by where you all lived and then use your bird bath to drink from . . . what a sight that must have been to see!

  11. I love it! ;o) Animals are such characters aren't they? :o) It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables! Glad the little escapee didn't get hurt. ;o)


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