We have a steer calf, 8-9 months old, I forget exactly how old he is. He's a real sweetheart, VERY friendly and fun to be around, but he's annoying the crud out of me. He's currently in a pen with another, smaller calf, a donkey, and two pony geldings. They share a large water tub, I'm not sure exactly how much it holds but I'd guess it is 50 gal. I go out to re-fill it twice a day.
For the past few weeks I've been noticing that their water has been DISGUSTING lately, and I'm having to dump and scrub it every day. I actually need to do it twice a day, but just don't have time and it makes a ton of mud to dump it again. Today I found out why its so gross. Jovi (the steer calf) is standing in his water tub, all four feet in, taking naps >.>
That would be all well and fine if he didn't make his (and the other animal's) water turn from clear at 6 am to muddy, manure filled (he poops in it too) slime by 9 am! I'm at a loss on how to stop him though. I realize it is HOT out and I've tried spraying him with a water hose which he loves, but then he's right back in there. Any ideas?