Urgent- will john donkey kill baby

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Other Equines

Urgent- will john donkey kill baby

This is a discussion on Urgent- will john donkey kill baby within the Other Equines forums, part of the Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics category

Like Tree25Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-14-2013, 12:38 PM
Urgent- will john donkey kill baby

I just got a Jenny donkey on Saturday which is very prego. I have her separated from my horses and my standard gelding donkey in a round pen in the paddock. I was told that she was not a mini and she did look big compared to the mini Jack she and some other jenny's were in with However when I got her home she is very small compared to my donkey, Homer. I have her in a round pen which is in the paddock where the herd ( 3 horses and Homer) stay from 5pm until 5 am and then they are let down to pasture. Homer is very excited over her. At first I thought he was being agressive as he was running around her pen with his ears back and sticking his head through the round pen. Now I think it is just that he wants to be in with her as he comes and stands at her pen most of the day. He is still sticking his head through but they have touched noses and he does not seem aggressive toward her.
I have not put them together as she is much smaller and very prego. Also I don't want her to have the baby in the pasture in case he would try and hurt or kill it. I don't think she could defend it from him because of her size.
Now my problem is that I am afraid that when she has the baby he could possible bite it through the round pen or even pull it through. I have heard that Jack donkeys will kill babies but wonder if because he is gelded would he be okay with the baby?
Sponsored Links
    05-14-2013, 12:49 PM
I'm not a donkey owner, but I would say, yes, he will kill the foal. Stallions or Jacks fight off competition and only protect what they think is their own get. Even then, mares, or jennies in a herd will protect the foals, and sometimes it's against their own Stallion or Jack.
Why don't you cut him?
    05-14-2013, 12:51 PM
He is a gelding. That is why I thought is would be okay
    05-14-2013, 12:53 PM
He STILL wants to take out the foal, judging from your description.
    05-14-2013, 12:57 PM
Green Broke
The foal hasn't been born yet.
Posted via Mobile Device
    05-14-2013, 02:12 PM
Can you not put her in a stall and walk her? If he'd been used for breeding prior to castration then yes, he will have stallion traits. Why some try to kill the foal is to bring the mare back in to heat.
    05-14-2013, 03:53 PM
He will probably go after the baby. Keep them seperated! Put more wire up so he can not reach through
    05-14-2013, 08:12 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
'john' is a term for a gelded donkey, for those who do not know.

That being said, OP, do not put your jenny in with him under any circumstances until she has foaled and the baby is old enough to fend for itself (older than weaning age.) Donkeys can be VERY territorial and will not stop at killing a baby, or injuring mama/causing miscarriage when they're working things out.

We had three donkeys for a while. A jack who stayed separate, and two johns, all minis. At that time we did not realize how territorial or possessive donkeys can be, and we allowed our mini mare and her three week old colt to be in a pen with the older john, who was very mellow and quiet around other horses and donkeys. Thank goodness we didn't leave them alone because while they seemed to get along just fine for about ten minutes, grazing and minding their own business, after a little while the john seemed to notice the colt, perked up, and suddenly went on a mad dash towards the colt and grabbed him by the neck. My boss's son immediately jumped in the pen to save the colt, but when he kicked the john and tossed the colt out of the way, the john actually turned his aggressive on the boy. Donkeys do not let go after they have sunken their teeth into something. It took my boss and two other adults to get the donkey off of the boy, and by that time he had five DEEP bite wounds on his arm down to the bone, and two on his face. He ended up having to have two surgeries, drainage tubes, and a ton of therapy to restore his arm, and they even dug two teeth fragments out of his arm. He contracted TB (skin form) from the bites as well, and nearly lost the arm. He still has terrible scars from the incident. The donkey was shot that day.

I'm not saying all donkeys are that jealous or aggressive towards babies, but some definitely are. We had NO idea the john would ever do that to a colt OR a human. He was friendly and even used in a petting zoo beforehand.

That being said, our other john that we still have, James, is a great babysitter for the yearling minis and has never acted aggressive towards anything. He's low on the totem pole. It sounds like your guy is already exhibiting 'studdy' behavior even though he's cut though, so I wouldn't risk it. I wouldn't even let them share a fenceline unless it is VERY strong and he can't get his head through to grab the baby.
    05-14-2013, 08:51 PM
Yeah I'd reinforce that fence with some chicken wire so he CANNOT get his head through if you have to have them sharing a fence line. Just not safe... I don't even have experience with donkeys but from what you're describing here:

At first I thought he was being agressive as he was running around her pen with his ears back and sticking his head through the round pen. Now I think it is just that he wants to be in with her as he comes and stands at her pen most of the day.
I am inclined to say that is not friendly behavior.
sherie likes this.
    05-15-2013, 08:23 AM
This does not sound good at all. I guess I will call the lady that I got her from and see if she will take her back. I am sure she will not reimburse me but from what you guys are saying I just can't risk having them.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
URGENT- Arabian Mare in PA Kill Lot Needs Rescuing Now! $325 FarmBums Horses for Sale 50 06-20-2011 07:39 AM
*NEED HELP-Old horse trying to kill donkey sherie Horse Health 3 12-02-2009 06:56 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:06 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0