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Is a Guard Donkey Safe to Use w/Chickens & Goats
July 16, 2012
5:22 pm
Leah's Mom
Northern Indiana
Super Chicken
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For those of you with experience…can I put a donkey in the same pasture as the chickens and goats?  I’m thinking in terms of guardian but don’t want any stomped chickens!

July 17, 2012
4:42 am
Hemlock, MI
Big Chicken
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I use to have my donkeys in with my chickens and goats and never had any problems. I don’t think my donkeys really protected them though.

July 17, 2012
1:56 pm
New Gretna, NJ
Big Chicken
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My chickens always run over to the horses’ run-in when I feed them.  Gabe is a pretty messy eater and there is always something for them to peck at……right under his nose.  The chickens also spend considerable time scratching around in the paddock.  Never has one stomped yet….

July 17, 2012
8:36 pm
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I’ve had two donkeys…a jack and a jenny.  Neither ever paid any attention to my poultry.  However, they both ended up sold due to the unfortunate habit of picking up and throwing baby sheep and goats. I know of many people for whom they have worked well as flock guardians, and many others who had an experience similar to mine.  Donkeys tend to hate dogs, so will to some extent keep canine predators away.  I think the smell of blood on the newborns triggers some kind of instinctive reaction that makes them want to eliminate a perceived problem.  Just my theory!

July 17, 2012
11:10 pm
Miss Judy
West Central MO
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I don’t know about donkeys but mules can be a big problem with young sheep and goats…they stomp them.

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