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nd goats and mini donkeys
« on: October 28, 2007, 03:58:27 PM »
could nd goats and mini donkeys be put together?  is there much care for mini donkeys?
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007, 04:07:09 PM »
Donkeys and goats do not (in general) make good pasture companions. Donkeys tend to stomp the goats to death.
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007, 11:17:33 AM »
Especially with the Mini's  all I have heard  is that that can be real mean and bite etc etc etc.  I wouldn't myself
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 11:49:31 PM »
I have two mini donkeys in with my two pygmy goats.  I've also had mini horses in with my goats....never had a problem.  They are all living peacefully together, eating together, sharing the barn, etc.  Goats can chew on manes and tails, I hear, but I've not had that problem.  Mini donkeys don't take much care, really, they don't eat a whole lot compared to a regular sized horse, like attention, and really should have a donkey friend.  They need vaccinations, wormings and hoof trims just like a horse.  Shelter from the wind and rain, etc.  I love having donkeys!

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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2007, 02:54:18 PM »
I guess if you find a mini donk that was raised with goats,  you'd probably be fine.  I was keeping our Mini Horse in with the goats...but he decided they were soccer balls.  We still let him in there to romp once in a blue moon, but keep him herded away from the goats.
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2007, 03:17:53 PM »
That is the thing, any time you mix various sizes of animals you run the risk of the smaller ones getting hurt. We have a member who used a donkey with her goats, UNTIL it killed several, and then the donkey had to be moved too its own pen. IF you are running goats with donkey/horses, please construct a pen that is two rails high, and at least 40' x 40' in a corner of the pasture, complete with shelter. That way when the horses/donkeys/big goats decide it is fun to chase the little ones, at least they will have a safe space in which to escape. BUT, I have to tell you, I tried the corner pen, and the horse still managed to catch one of the goats when it was in the pasture. The moral of the story is, if the big animal means harm to the little one, the little one will loose. It is kind of like being an elephant trainer, you are little, you carry a big stick, and if and when the elephant means you harm, you are helpless.
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2007, 03:43:00 PM »
Agreed.  Just isn't worth the risk.  Equids are good with their hooves! 
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2007, 06:33:20 PM »
Yep and have excellent aim too...I have a jack donkey and he isnt allowed in with anything...he hates dogs and even cattle ...he stays by himself as he ran some calves thru the fence and thats when we separated him from the others....He is right by the horses and gets along good with them as long as there is a fence between them. Good luck ...
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Re: nd goats and mini donkeys
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2007, 09:40:37 AM »
It is rare when a goatie and a miniature horse like each other enough to allow the idea to pen together, but an escape from that pen should always be provided for the goat.
I myself have only seen one case where a mini mare tolerated my buckling and they exchanged scratches in the same pen where I kept her. I kept an escape pen, preparred in the same lot- for a get away for him to stay in, but he preferred her company insted.
The mare was at my place to breed, and her stay lasted about a month..
Come to find out the owner of the mare "had raised her with goats" since she was a baby. 
Those two were a "rare case" and became inseperatable durring that time.
On the flip side of the coin, I have seen the little goats get on the nerves of the minis and get furiously suddenly chased off, in the same area, so not an advisable situtation.
The only time I put mine together now is when I have ample pasture,and space, in the summer time, and they are in a hugh area, grazing and each is minding their own business.
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