Should I trade chickens for a MULE?????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CrazyAnimalGirl, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. CrazyAnimalGirl

    CrazyAnimalGirl Songster

    Jul 28, 2010
    West of Atl, Ga
    I know it's not all about chickens but I wanna hear from chicken owners.

    I just got offered a mule in exchange for some chickens. The people are trying to get rid of the mule and want it gone asap.

    I have 1.67 acres (almost all fenced), 4 dogs, flock of chickens (mostly young), and a cat. I need advice! I dont have a trailer, I can make shelter for him, the land is very nice and lots of good eatin.

    Other than feed, hay, stuff like that, what else could I expect to provide? (like shoes or routine vaccinations, stuff I wouldnt know not owning any equine).

    I am trying to get the person to send me photos. They will deliver the mule also.

    And I want to get atleast one goat in the future....
  2. Alabama ee

    Alabama ee Songster

    Feb 18, 2010
    How is the mule's personality? Is it friendly?I have seen some mules that are very kind and are great around even small kids. However, some that have not been treated well, can be hard to handle.

    It will need to be wormed every 6 -8 weeks. It will also need to have his feet trimmed about every 6-8 weeks also. I usually do it at the same time. You will need to give him(or her) shots. What shots would depend on where you live.
  3. CrazyAnimalGirl

    CrazyAnimalGirl Songster

    Jul 28, 2010
    West of Atl, Ga
    Oh ok. Well I dont know about the temperment, never seen the mule.... but it would only need to get along with dogs and chickens and not escape. I can handle a meanie.

    I already have ivomec for my chickies, would that work?

    Trim the feet as in?? the hoof?
  4. abercrombie575

    abercrombie575 Songster

    Feb 9, 2010
    You are also going to have to deal with LOTS of , well... poop. 1.67 acres will fill up fast. Be prepared to spend some time scooping it up!
  5. True Grit

    True Grit Songster

    I don't know too much about mules but I do know the smallest cost of owning a horse is the purchase price. I would certainly ask about temperament. Even if you can handle a mean one - who wants to get kicked or bitten? Too many nice animals out there looking for homes. Good luck - I hope he's a keeper![​IMG]
  6. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Quote:No you can't handle a mean mule. Ever hear of a "mule kick?" You can stand next to their front shoulder and they can kick you with a hind leg. Seen it happen to a ferrier when he thought he would teach a mule how to stand for him. After that the mule would go after the guy teeth bared ready for action.
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I would never take a mule that was free or traded for chickens. Sound like trouble.[​IMG]
  8. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Quote:Yes, and a good hoof trimming will set you back between $25-75 each time around here.
  9. Crack N' Egg

    Crack N' Egg Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Flemington, NJ
    Find out if the mule is an ass!![​IMG] [​IMG]

    No seriously...mules can be quite difficult, very stubborn and will need a companion. If you get the goat you want, then I'd consider it, but since you have no equine experience I'd probably pass on it. [​IMG]
  10. eKo_birdies

    eKo_birdies Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Northern Colorado
    not to be rude but you sound completely clueless on the matter.... "Trim the feet as in?? the hoof?"

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