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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Kudos to you Sherie, for doing so much to ensure the wellbeing of mama (does she have a name, by the way?) and the baby. Not everyone would put the care into it that you are.
Without trying to assume too much (could be wrong), I really don't feel like the lady you got your Jenny from is what we call an 'experienced' breeder as some have called her. The fact that she isn't preg-checking the donkeys for at least approximate due dates is the first indicator to ME anyways, and the fact that she didn't seem to worry at all about whether or not Homer would get along with your girl, the Jenny's real age isn't known...I don't know. And then to add the fact that she told you the Jenny would not be stressed by her journey? Doesn't add up to me. I'm not saying she doesn't have quality animals or that she's just in for the money, but those are all 'high alert' things that I noticed and that make me think that your jenny has likely not had any prenatal care whatsoever, and that this lady's word should not be taken as law.
Equines DO get stressed by being taken out of their environments, and its hard on them to varying degrees. Some take it very hard, some are just a bit nervous for a day then settle in fine. I would say that as long as your girl isn't refusing hay or water, and doesnt look thin, don't worry much. Offer the grain, but don't push it. If she needs it, she'll take it. Is it the same grain she was getting at her old home?
Also, I wouldn't go by belly size for how far along she is. Its different for each animal. One of our mares swells up HUGE like a blimp by the beginning of the third trimester and looks like she's going to pop for 3-4 months before foaling. Another seems to grow vertically, so her belly starts to look almost 'hay belly' or 'wormy' (minus ribs) but rarely gets any wider. My own mini mare stayed very small throughout her pregnancy, and did look pregnant at the end, but still wasn't big enough for someone go to "WOW, she's going to foal any time now' and she even went over by 3 weeks!
Make sure that you call your vet as soon as your girl foals, so he/she can check it's health, make sure milk is coming in ok, etc. Also, don't let your donkey eat her placenta and save it until the vet gets there so that he can make sure your jenny passed the entire thing. If she doesn't and he doesn't help her, she can get a uterus infection and potentially die.
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