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Miniature Donkey

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Sherry, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can a mini donkey live with pygmy goats?

    I want my goats to be safe from the donkey.
     
  2. annanicole18

    annanicole18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've heard that a female or gelding, maybe if older or housed with goats before. the donkeys tend to play too aggressively and may hurt the goats unintentionally especially if not gelded
     
  3. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    The donkey needs to bond with the goats. Otherwise he may try to kill them. I don't think the sex of the donkey is as important as how he feels about the goats.
     
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    My neighbor has a reg sized gelded donkey in with all her goats - kids included
     
  5. KinderKorner

    KinderKorner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I've had several mini donkeys. And everyone wanted to play too rough and ended up swinging my nubians and pygmys by their necks. They also would get them on the ground, and really try to hurt them.

    Needless and sadly to say my last donkey left for a new home last week.
     
  6. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Most jacks (male donkeys) do not like goats or sheep. There are exceptions, one of our mini jacks, Splash, is excellent he has never bothered any of the goats, sheep. But other jacks we have owned usually wanted to kill them.

    Geldings (castrated males) or jennies (female donkeys) are usually good companions, older (mature) animals are also a better choice; the young donkeys want to play and don't realize the goats are not as tough. But still be careful introducing them- do it when you have time to watch them for a few hours to make sure they are getting along.

    Donkeys are excellent pets. They are naturally friendly and curious. They can be excellent guardians for a flock or herd once they are bonded with them.

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  7. chixie

    chixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the family down from me have 3 mini donkeys,pygmy goats and a bunch of mini horses all living together happily
     
  8. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    West of Crazy
    My donkeys and goats all live together quite peacefully. Just introduce them through a fence like you would any equine before letting them out together and house seperately at feeding time. I would also keep young kids segregated from young donkeys because of the rough play.

    I should mention that I run my goats with my little jenny herd. Geldings and my jack are in a seperate pasture. My jack is extremely tolerant and not aggressive to the goats, but just as a policy I keep a seperate herd for males.
     
  9. busterduck

    busterduck Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, they can live together happily. Get a young mini donkey instead of an old one if the old one was never in with goats.

    I have one for sale. [​IMG]
     
  10. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hey Buster! I'm on the other forum you go to...I won't say which one, but it has to do with where you live. :whistle: But I'm "Cowgirl" on there.

    Is your donkey a gelding? And how much are you asking? I'd love to get another one, but not sure I have the space right now.





    And I once had a donkey (just an inch or two too tall to be a mini) that did not get along well with the sheep and goats. I had him gelded when I got him, but I think he was still too studdish (is that a word) to be nice. He ended up killing one of my goats because he bit him hard on the neck. I ended up finding him a home through a very large donkey breeding farm when I lived in Vermont.
     

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