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post #11 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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I really like what I am hearing. Luckily we don't have coyotes in the UK but I am sure a Donkey would be a deterrant for foxes among my chickens!
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post #12 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 01:05 PM
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What is so good about donkeys, err just about everything. I don't actually own one, I share one, and since he has been here he has won me over, that and spending time with 3 that a friend owns.

They are great listeners, so calm and placid, very opinionated, out little guy is a mini donk, and he reminds me of a Jack Russell, in the way that he thinks he is around 17hh and the boss of everything.

The downside, I haven't found one yet, in less enlightened times they usedto blame donkeys for harbouring lung worm and giving them to horses, but that was just ignorance over worming. They are incredibly hardy, they cope with out dry cold really well, but I understand in damper climates *cough, the UK* you have to have decent shelter for them. A tree or high hedge gives shelter to a horse, but a donkey needs to be able to get into proper shelter. Not sure of the truth of that one, bust best to check it out.
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post #13 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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If I get a donkey to keep my Clydes company, be assured he will have a luxury stable complete with 'treats' but only to sleep in at night. There will also be a proper field shetler
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post #14 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 01:39 PM
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Just my opinion.
Nothing.
They are annoying and loud.
Rather have a quiet horse.
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post #15 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 02:28 PM
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Donkeys do need shelter in wet conditions. Their hair will NOT shed water like a horse will. They will get wet all the way down to their skin. A wet & cold donk = a sick donk. Mine will high tail it to the barn when it rains, even in the summer.
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post #16 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 02:36 PM
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I don't have a donkey but I have a mule and he's the sweetest thing. They are VERY smart. He always loves attention and loves to have his ears scratched. I have been around donkeys and they are so friendly. :) Once you get one you won't be able to live without it. :)
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 05:55 PM
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Our donkey's voice box is broken or something. I only ever hear him if theres trouble, and I love that. Our stud donkey is a different story though. He could blow your eardrums out with his honking!
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 05:59 PM
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Jacks can definitely be noisy! My donks..even when Lenny was still a jack...are quiet. Unless they see me coming with a bucket or something. Then they get all excited thinking I *MUST* be bringing them a special treat. They frump when they realize it's something for the chickens.
Ellie is such a lover. If I sit down on the ground, she will come and stand over me like I was her foal and she were protecting me. She'll keep the cats and other small critters away from me, and just stand there with her nose resting on my shoulder or on the top of my head. Lenny will stand a few feet away. Donkeys are just wonderful equines. My pastures will never be void of one. Ever.
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post #19 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 07:22 PM
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All you have to do is sit down and watch a donkey for five minutes and you will have about 3 hours of nonstop laughter. Those little boogers are soooooo hilarious!!!

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post #20 of 30 Old 12-29-2012, 09:36 PM
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Bluebird...Get a short donkey. It could use those Big Guys for pasture shelter.

You all are making me want a donkey!
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