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Old 03.08.2010, 21:42
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Hey, I know I have come to live in Switzerland, but this is a little over the top! I live in a nice quiet village, apart from when a local farmer decides to put his two cows (with big noisy bells) in a bit of derelict ground next to our house? I believe the ground is derelict, and not owned by the farmer...does anyone know the rules as regards to cow bells...clink, clink, blo**y clonk all night!? I'm sure if i went out and clinked a bell all night someone would call the police!

Grrrr....Arg!
Yes ! Get used to it Alternative solution wrap the bells with duct tape
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Old 03.08.2010, 21:53
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Well, one of my friends used to live out in the country when she was young, she told stories of "going cow tipping"...

Perhaps a solution for you would be to sneak up to the sleeping cows and (rather than tipping them over) shove a wad of cotton in the bells while they are sleeping.
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Old 03.08.2010, 21:59
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

one should remember that the cows and their owners were in this village before you. It's you who decided to come to them. If you live in the countryside you have to accept some drawbacks. I don't see why they should change their habits because you decided to live in the village.
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Old 03.08.2010, 22:25
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Did you not notice a fence / wooden poles space regularly around the field before you moved in? Dead giveaway that there will be something fenced in there at some point.
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Old 03.08.2010, 23:19
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one should remember that the cows and their owners were in this village before you. It's you who decided to come to them. If you live in the countryside you have to accept some drawbacks. I don't see why they should change their habits because you decided to live in the village.
Very well said. I remember back home some people moving in from somewhere else, buying a house next to the playground and their first action was to comlain about the noise from the kids and then they wanted hours when playing was forbidden....They didn't make many friends.....
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Old 03.08.2010, 23:39
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They're big bells...and I have good hearing!

Seriously though, isn't anyone else driven mad by bells right next to their appartment 24/7 - get woken up in the night by them etc. Why do they need bells on them anyway...it's an enclosed bit of land and can't exactly get lost (perhaps they're blind cows - or blind farmers)!

I know it's a bit of a petty thing, but this was the complaints corner!
It's 'cos their horns don't work.

Seriously though , I get woken up most mornings in the summer at 5am or earlier by cow and goat bells and love it - it's part and parcel of living in the Swiss countryside. No? And even during the day, it's much better than buses and lorries shaking your house apart.
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Old 03.08.2010, 23:45
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I really wonder the next complaints-thread.
Maybe something about the Alps blocking someone's view?
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Old 03.08.2010, 23:54
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Just imagine how the poor cows feel. Every time they try to run away from the bells it just seems to get worse as if the sound is following them.

But, don't worry. They stop at 10.00 pm I assume.
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Old 03.08.2010, 23:56
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

No ones thinking of the poor bloody sheep, cows or goats. It's animal cruelty in a cute form. You wouldn't be allowed to hang bells on farm animals in the UK.
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Just imagine how the poor cows feel. Every time they try to run away from the bells it just seems to get worse as if the sound is following them.
But, don't worry. They stop at 10.00 pm I assume.

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No ones thinking of the poor bloody sheep, cows or goats. It's animal cruelty in a cute form. You wouldn't be allowed to hang bells on farm animals in the UK.
Except DP of course .
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I give up. Yes, I agree the cows were here before me, and if the I lived in the centre of a mountain meadow i'd understand the bells, but not in the centre of a village!

Thank you to those who understood where I was coming from.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Sling shot with very small pebbles to make them wander to the other end of the lot? If that is far enough to actually help.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Why do we humans always complain?! The cows, the bells, the traffic, the people, the everything. And if there is nothing to complain about then we invent something so we can complain. I also have cows and bells and traffic and all. The irst 2 weeks they were not easy to handle especially saturday and sunday early morning but the moment you stop thinking about them is the moment you won't be bothered any more about the noise. Cows form part of the charm here. There is nothing to do about traffic if we choose to live neara busy road and church bells are part of a custom or a culture. So if we don't like it we change our living place or change country but stop complaining cos it stresses you more.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

If you get annoyed by the sound of the bells when they're in a field some way away, just spare a thought for the poor cows who have to live with the blasted things round their necks day and night. All they want to do is eat a bit of grass, and every time they go for a mouthful, it's clang clang bloody clang. I think someone should report them to whoever is responsible for animal welfare round here.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I've got 5 cows (they might be bulls actually) in the field next to my house. I barely even notice the bells and I have my windows open all the time, at night too.

About 10 years ago there were two sheep placed in the field next to the house we were living in at the time. I didn't sleep at all for nights on account of the bells.

It took some getting used to but I love the smells and sounds of living in the country.
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Surely these things should be considered cruelty to animals? The must be far in excess of the allowed dB limits that a human would be allowed to have in such close proximity to their ears. But it's ok because they're cows?

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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

I like it, the blim blim blim of the sheep, to the bim bam bom, bim bam ba dom dom, salsa of the cows.

I've been "told", that the bigger the bell, the higher the prestige the bell bearer holds in the herd.

I can't attest to that at all.

My theory is, after so many years, the bell bearer goes deaf anyway, so...
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Re: Blo**y Cow Bells

Darrell, Sounds like you have one option left. Simply remove the collars with the bells on them. If the Farmer complains, explain to him that they were keeping you awake at night and hand them back to him.

This way you do not offend yourself, the cows, the crowd that feels that the cows have the right to be there, and provided the cows don't make a run for the border, the farmer will get the message that the bells were not appreciated.
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Darrell, Sounds like you have one option left. Simply remove the collars with the bells on them. If the Farmer complains, explain to him that they were keeping you awake at night and hand them back to him.

This way you do not offend yourself, the cows, the crowd that feels that the cows have the right to be there, and provided the cows don't make a run for the border, the farmer will get the message that the bells were not appreciated.
Very very bad advice. I guess you don't know the danger you can face. Cows can be aggressive when approached by someone they don't know especially if they have a veal. Last month a couple of hikers had to call the Rega to get them out from a herd of cows who felt threaten.
Read following recommendations from the association BUL.

Again, don't do/recommend things in countryside if you have no knowledge. The cows are out only a few weeks a year...the rest of the year you don't hear them.
Some people in Geneva Zurich leave close to airports....all year with airplanes landing and taking off. So let's be realistic with the annoyance.
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Very very bad advice. I guess you don't know the danger you can face. Cows can be aggressive when approached by someone they don't know especially if they have a veal. Last month a couple of hikers had to call the Rega to get them out from a herd of cows who felt threaten.
Good point Vertigo. They are big and for those who are not accustomed to them a possible danger. Darryll, If the cows are aggressive, I suppose then that you should call the police. Having cows next to your house could pose a threat to your family.
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