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post #1 of 63 Old 03-22-2011, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Donk foaling soon! Help please from donkey folks!

My First experience with foaling! Please be gentle! and helpful if you can!? I am having a very very hard time finding donkey specific info. I posted on another message board, but it seems like there are more donkey/mule people on here.

So Angel(a rescue donkey that came to us "maybe pregnant" last July...is absolutely preggo! She has been "ready" according to everything I have read online since Saturday...and of course I've also read that it's very difficult to tell when they will foal! I'm having a very hard time finding photo examples of the things they talk about - "pointy belly" or dropping, nipple waxing, bagging up, croup relaxation, elongated vulva, cervical plug....

I noticed tiny "plugs" at the ends of her nipples Saturday - but no real bagging up. Definitely bigger than before but nothing like the horse bags I've seen online. She also had an amber colored discharge on her vulva - making me think she lost the cervical plug. Her hips look very hollowed out, waaay different than she used to look.

I stayed out with her in the sleeper part of thehorse trailer on Sat and Sun nights...took a break yesterday. Then today I get a text with a photo of a ton of yellow discharge - plug!? the rest of it?? How long now? Who knows!! right? She is eating like crazy and pooping normally.

I'd like to post some pictures (kinda graphic) if that is ok?
Anyone have donkey foaling experience that I can talk to? We DO have a vet on call, but he has more experience with horses and very little with donkeys so he wasn't able to help me toooo much.
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post #2 of 63 Old 03-22-2011, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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oh, and I've been lurking here for quite some time! Have not really needed to ask a question until now. This forum is great and most of the questions I've had before had been asked and great opinions given - but this time..... it's a different story for sure!
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post #3 of 63 Old 03-22-2011, 11:57 PM
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Yes, please post pictures! Would love to see your donkey and help gauge when she is due.

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post #4 of 63 Old 03-23-2011, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, please post pictures! Would love to see your donkey and help gauge when she is due.
Wonderful! I'll get them up in a few. Hmm guess I better find out how I can do that on this forum first!

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post #5 of 63 Old 03-23-2011, 12:03 AM
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I personally adore donkeys! So I'm pretty excited about this thread... Too bad I don't have info to offer you, the only contact I've had with a donkey is a companion donkey at my old bard. So adorable!!! But I'll be following :) and welcome!
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post #6 of 63 Old 03-23-2011, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Ok here she is in July when we first got her (for comparison)

Next picture is of her belly dropped and tail sticking right out (she does not normally do this!) taken today March 22

Then we have her waxed nipples (I think!? Those white dots were not there before Saturday) Not much bag though. Photo taken today March 22

Next photo is what I believe to be the cervical plug - or part of it? Taken today 1pm March 22







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You're right, she doesn't have much of a bag...but I think she is ready on all other counts though. Her belly certainly looks dropped and her vulva is long and her hips are slacked. Keep an eye on her! She can fill in that bag fast...it all depends on the mare...or donkey. LOL. She's super cute!!!

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post #8 of 63 Old 03-24-2011, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Didi my pictures get taken down?? I don't see them... I really need help here! Someone on another forum said the "wax" I saw and put a picture up of isn't really wax. So what is it then? Can anyone see the pictures?
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post #9 of 63 Old 03-24-2011, 07:25 PM
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i can see the pictures. and some mares or well lets just say "girls" can bag up right after they birth. or right before, they don't always bag up weeks in advance. she does look ready. and i'm not sure about the discharge. and that does look like little waxxy crystals on her teats.. i mean really what else would it be? lol have you tried milking her to see what color the milk is?


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post #10 of 63 Old 03-24-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I can only get a little drop out - it was opaque/clearish and slimy consistency. That was yesterday. I didn't try today. I've read you can do some damage if you milk them before birthing - can start labor early, loose colostrum... The inside of her vagina hasn't really darkened either. I'm really thinking I got excited too soon! I'm sleeping in my bed tonight! Might go back to living in the sleeper part of the trailer this weekend if she shows any more signs.
My brother loves her to death and feeds her carrots like crazy - He said she wasn't being as loving to him as normal this morning and wasn't too excited about the carrot. Hmmmm.. we'll see!
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