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Ainsle15 03-10-2013 08:58 PM

Donkey Help
I have a donk that I got in Oct. who was supposedly 8 months preggo. It is now March and her 12th month according to what her previous owner told me when I got her, which would mean that she is about at the end of her pregnancy. Problem is, she has not bagged up at all, which I have heard isn't completely uncommon, and a friend of ours does not believe that she is pregnant. He isn't very familiar with donkey's, but raises beef cattle. I trust his opinion, but I am not sure that she was never pregnant. She has gained a lot of weight since I got her, and one day she looked skinnier then she had for the last couple of weeks, and then several hours later was round again and her hips became more prominent. That was at the end of last month and I believed that that was the foal moving into position, but her it is almost 4 weeks later and there has been no other movement. He pressed on her belly a little bit today, but felt no movement. She has a pear shape to her when you look at her from behind and her rump muscles are now mushy compared to them being hard 2 weeks ago. She isn't huge like many pictures of pregnant mares and jennies I've seen, but she does have a bulging belly, that like I said gives her a pear shape when looking at her from behind. Her attitude has changed and she is more irritable and aggressive to my mule then when I first got her. Can somebody please help me out here:) I am pretty sure that she was preggo, but should I be worried that she isn't as large as other donkeys at this point, we can't feel any movement, and that she hasn't bagged up?
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Chevaux 03-10-2013 09:01 PM

Can you post pictures Ainsle? Have you had a vet look at her yet?

Ainsle15 03-10-2013 09:07 PM

No, I haven't had a vet. The only confirmation to her pregnancy that I have is what her previous owner said and by her weight gain. I have pics that I can post, but I'm not sure how:(
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CLaPorte432 03-10-2013 09:25 PM

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Your first step is you get a vet out to confirm that she is pregnant...or not.

Weight gain can be caused by good nutrition. Its possibly she is just FAT. It happens all the time. Time to step it up and make the phone call.
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Casey02 03-10-2013 09:27 PM

I would also second the phone call the vet. Nobody over the computer can tell you if she is pregnant or not

littrella 03-10-2013 09:35 PM

just getting fat is not an good way to tell if she's in foal. Donkeys are usually easy keepers & gain weight easily. If she "should" be that close to foaling, you should have a vet on speed dial. Is she a mini, standard or mamoth? Is she a maiden or has she foaled before? Do you have a foaling kit ready? Has she had any vet care since her "breeding"? Not trying to be mean, but having a foal is a huge deal to be ready for.

Ainsle15 03-10-2013 09:44 PM

Thanks:) I know the importance of a vet check. I've been trying to convince my family of that since I got her. I am only 16 and can't afford the vet out here on my own. My parents think that she'll either be fine and have a healthy foal, or she won't. I did not know that she was preggo when I got her, her previous owner did not mention that until I called him the day after I got her.
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Ainsle15 03-10-2013 09:56 PM

littrella I know what you mean, no hard feelings:) I do feel horrible about the situation I got my girl in though. I love and adore her, but I never would have gotten her if I knew she was pregnant. I know that I'm not at all prepared for this and that I can't afford a vet by myself, which is why if I'd known she would not be in my care at this time. I did manage to get a foaling kit from a friend of mine whose family breeds draft horses. My girl is 4 1/2 years old and this would be her first time foaling. She is exactly 35. 7 inches at her withers, which I believe still classifies her as a mini.
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Ainsle15 03-10-2013 10:16 PM

Another thing about my girl, she hasn't went into heat at all in the 4 months that I have had her. Also, would there be a difference in how a preggy belly would feel in opposition to just a fat belly?
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Ainsle15 03-11-2013 08:27 PM

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