First of all, let me say that our wandering cow and her two calves are home. They appeared in the big pasture, not in the pen from which they escaped. It's a big relief for us. I guess we'll leave them together, since they are so unhappy apart, and hope the big steer calf can get his share of milk.
Those of you who follow my journal will remember that Blue and Brat ganged up on old Crook when I brought him here, so I've kept him seperate since the beating he took then.
I turn Blue and Brat out for two hours twice a day, every day, to graze. Because they are on dry lot twenty hours a day, their minds aren't on much else besides eating, when they're on pasture. Now that I'm home all the time, I'm going to try slowly re-introducing Crook to them, just for a couple of hours in the afternoon. As you can see, he keeps a respectable distance. I saw Brat lay his ears back once and threaten him when he got too close, and perhaps it happened at other times... I've only been periodically checking. Anyway, it was only a threat; nobody was hurt. So far, it seems to be working. Maybe if I do this every day for a while, I can eventually pen them all together. It would make feeding and watering them much easier. And Crook wants so badly to be with them.