Animal Restraint Techniques

Randy Kidd, veterinarian at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., offers tips on animal restraint techniques for rabbits, fowl, sheep, goats, pigs and cattle.



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 Restrain and feed your doe in her milking stand before she's fresh.
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Vet-approved fryer restraint. Grasp the animal just in front of the hind leg attachment.
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Pick a large rabbit up by the scruff of the neck with one hand while you support his rear with the other. Aim his kicking equipment away from you!  
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If you tuck a big bunny under your arm, you'll find it easy to carry him wherever you want.
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This goose is being handled gently, but he ain't goin' nowhere except where you want him to go!
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A common way to hold a goose is to pin its wing against its body.
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The most humane way to nab a goose.
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Other foul, such as ducks, are also commonly held with their wings pinned.
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The first milking will be a lot less eventful if you slowly accustom your doe to the milking stand.
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It's easy to trim a cow's or milking goat's hind feet.
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Two people gently restrain a goat. The first holds the animal's head up and forces its shoulder against the fence with her knee while the second holds the doe's hips against the fence with knee pressure applied just ahead of the hip bones.
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 A homemade goat milking stand..
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Or front feet right in the stanchions that they're ordinarily milked in.
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Catch a small porker first by one hind leg.
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A good way to hold a hog for an extended period of time.
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Grab the other hind leg for a solid grip on your pig.
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As long as you hold both hind legs off the ground, the pig is under your complete control except for his squealer. Be careful if his mother is attracted by the noise!
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This Angus bull isn't happy (note froth on his mouth), but the metal chute which holds him won't let him hurt anybody.
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Using a cattle chute is the safest way to restrain large animals.
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Push a cow's tail firmly up and forward to disengage her rear end and restrict her ability to kick.
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Once a critter is locked into Kansas State's fancy cattle chute, the animal can be rotated to any position a veterinarian desires. Few MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers will ever need anything so elaborate. 
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This is how a bull nose lead is applied after your beed or dairy brute is trapped in a chute.
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