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post #1 of 5 Old 03-08-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Minature donkeys

We have cattle (as most of you probably know) and we had to move the 2 thoroughbreds out of the herd because they are kicking at the cattle/calves. But the good side to having had the horses in the herd is that they would ward off the coyotes that tend to be near the farm. (we usually can hear them calling close by at night and one morning we saw one up near our mailbox.)

Would a minature donkey be worth the investment to take the place of "herd protector"? Would they keep animals like coyotes away?

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I have never heard of miniature donkeys being used for protection, but I could be wrong. I know lots of people that use llamas for protection.
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post #3 of 5 Old 03-08-2010, 07:47 PM
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Would a minature donkey be worth the investment to take the place of "herd protector"? Would they keep animals like coyotes away?

Any thoughts, opinions, or experinces would be appreciated.
Donkeys and lamas can make excellent herd protectors BUT it doesn't mean that the one you buy, will protect the herd. They don't all naturally or automatically do it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 03-09-2010, 09:29 PM
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A donkey would be lovely, but definitely not a miniature. Miniatures are too small and not bred to guard livestock. They'll get ripped to shreds by a good sized coyote.

What you need a standard or mammoth sized donkey or jenny and foal pair. I've personally found a mammoth john (gelded jack) to be the most effective. Some people use jacks (ungelded males), but I find them to be way more trouble then they're worth.

You can't just pick up any old donkey that fits size requirements; guard donks have to be bred for the task. Search the net for breeders.

After finding one, it must be trained. The key it to have them forget they are donkeys and think of themselves as cows, therefore protecting "their" herd. I don't know exactly how this is done. The breeders should know though will tell you much better than I possibly can.

Good luck!
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I agree with Brighteyes. The BO where I keep my horse has 2 miniature donkeys. I don't think they would be able to do anything at all to protect the other livestock...UNLESS their bray alone scared something off. They are very very loud!
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