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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
'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.
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