guard donkeys!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Coopedup:p, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    i have two very cute and very protective miniature donkeys. they are born with a natural dislike of dogs. so if you have a pasture in which you have chickens... look into a miniature donkey. they will keep grass down.. and keep dogs and other predators out of the pasture. but be careful the donkeys are very curious and sometimes can be jealous. one of mine will try to get your attention by nibbling on my hair,shirt,leg,arm,or fingers. haha
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My neighbor has one and says that they deter coyotes....don't know whether that's true or not??? I enjoy listening to his bray! [​IMG]
  3. chixie

    chixie Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    kountze texas
    I have a donkey and he was raised with goats... I sold those goats and got some more at a later date ... he broke 5 out of 6 goats necks when I was gone... I now have to keep my goats seperate from him... he does great with my ducks and chickens though...
  4. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Miniature donkeys should NOT be used as guard animals. A pack of coyotes can easily take them down! If you want a guard animal try a standard or mammoth donkey. And not all donkeys are good at guard.
    I raise miniature donkeys. Check out my website. You'll see the mammoths are there to protect the minis.
  5. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    it gets to hot to have mammoths... unless they loose the coat in the summer. but we have two miniatures and they are sweet. but we saw them freek and try and squeesh a poor dog when it got in the pasture! they had it one the run. but we have a tight fence... so no worrys at anymore getting in haha.
  6. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Mammoths don't have any more of a coat than minis. They will loose the coat in the summer just like the minis and they are just as sweet but in a bigger package. But the point is minis are not recommended as guard donkeys.
  7. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Quote:Dont coyotes usually travel alone?
  8. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    No, I've seen them in rather large packs. They usually run the same route every 3 weeks or so. I have a coyote superhighway on my lower 40 and trap them sometimes.
  9. Coopedup:p

    Coopedup:p Songster

    my friend lives next to a open corn field (when harvested) and his neighbor got a black coyote and they cut off its tail. i didnt watch... to busy playing with his oldest male pygmy goat. he runs into my hand and he will just stand there till i push back. haha tug-a-war! ahha
  10. animals1981

    animals1981 Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    My Coop
    if you want a donkey for protecton u need a large standard sized donkey

    a min donkey will get torn apart by dogs or a pack of coyotes

    getting a tiny min donkey to guard ur animals is unrealistic and cruel and eventually something is going to come along fast and tear the crap out of ur donkey

    my friends min donkey got eaten alive by coyotes now they have a big standard donkey and things are fine again

    sure a min donkey will be aggressive towards dogs but if push comes to shove and a bunch of hungry feral dogs or serious coyotes show up the donkey is dead meat

    these donkey seem to be a fad or something but what breeders wont tell u is how small the donkey are and how easily a pack of dogs or coyotes can mutilate them

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