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  • How can i tell if its a female or male baby donkey
  • Will Male donkeys hurt a baby donkey

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    05-15-2013, 09:58 AM
I called the lady that I got the Jenny from. She said that she keeps standards and mini's together at her house with no problems. We went to another pasture with only mini's when I got this Jenny. She says that the Mama wont let the baby get close to the fence and that Homer will not be interested in the baby. She says he just wants to get to know the Jenny but said not to put them together until the baby was at least 4 weeks old and then to introduce Homer and the Jenny on a lead rope first. She also said that she did not think that Homer would hurt the Jenny as she would kick the snot out of him. I am still concerned
. Obviously she is not planning on taking the Jenny back.
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    05-15-2013, 12:04 PM
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Being that she won't take the Jenny back, (and good on you, by the way, for having the decency to want what is best for this gal and her baby, even if it is at your expense) there are some things you can do to keep them at least safer.

What is your stall/paddock set up like? What kind of fence do you have? Can you just keep it divided and put some chicken or goat (we use goat) wire on the fence, or some electric tape, to keep Homer away from the baby? How big is Homer? How big is mama? If you can keep mama and baby away until the baby is at least 4-5 months old, I think you might be ok if you only let them meet each other under CLOSE supervision. I would still only let mama in with Homer personally, and either sell the baby or keep it away until its almost to its normal size.
    05-15-2013, 12:53 PM
This situation was certainly not what I intended for the new Jenny and her baby. It sounds like the baby will never be able to go to the pasture if it stays with us and may not even be safe in the round pen unless we put up some other type of wire. I already feel sorry for the Jenny having to stay in the round pen and can't imagine her and the baby having to stay in a pen until the baby is weaned. Even if I waited that long it would still be risky as no way to tell if Homer will hurt the baby or not. I am afraid I will have to give her away. I have a friend with horsses and pasture that may take her but before I decide I am going to try and get in touch with Homer's former owner. He came from a lady that raised Icelandic horses and donkey's. Maybe she will know how he acts around babies.
    05-16-2013, 03:09 PM
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Round pen panels alone aren't safe for a mini baby even without the donkey on the other side.
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    05-16-2013, 03:17 PM
If the John can't behave himself I'd put him in the round pen
    05-16-2013, 04:02 PM
Wow... Never thought of that. So for now I either have to fence in my round pen so the Jenny and baby will be safe or lock Homer in the round pen and put the prego Jenny out with the horses. Guess she would go down to the pasture with them in the am and come up to the paddock with them in the pm. Unless of course she decides to have the baby in the pasture. Alsoif I lock Homer up he will no longer be able to protect them from the dogs and cotes.
I am really in a mess.
    05-16-2013, 04:04 PM
Do donkey usually have their babies at night? Wonder if I could stall her at night. The lady I got her from told me not to stall her as it would stress her but I am worried she could have the baby at any time
    05-16-2013, 04:13 PM
Your jenny will keep the foal away from the male donkey especially if they are separated. She will keep her body between the foal and the fence.
No donkey we have that has foaled has ever had the foal killed by a male donkey. They all live in the pastures with the cattle and with 2 females and 4 males I think they would have tried something.
The dominat male donkey does keep the other males at a distance.
I have never seen a stallion or a gelding attack a foal and my horses foal in mixed herds in pastures.
Keep the foal seperated but within sight of the male donkey for a few days to a few weeks. He will accept that foal when you do allow them together.
    05-16-2013, 04:18 PM
Thank you... That is what the lady I got the Jenny from told me when I called back with concerns. Homer is acting much better towards the Jenny now. They are touching and licking through the round pen. If she would keep the baby away from his reach until he got used to it I would hope that Homer would accept it but so many have said no, that I am worried.
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    05-16-2013, 04:28 PM
You have asked an experienced breeder and she told you what to expect.
Donkeys are not savage foal killing machines. They protect other livestock so their instincts are to protect the herd.
Also if it was so the wild burro population would not be as plentiful. Would it?
Since they jenny and homer have not been introduced keep the foal separate for the first few days. If Homer acts agressive keep them separate longer.
Those male donkeys of ours have never attacked a calf or foal . In fact they baby sit and play with them. Shalom
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