[Homestead] Equus Asinus
mmcharry at gmail.com
Fri May 22 01:56:54 EDT 2009
On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 12:37 AM, Lynda <lurine at com-pair.net> wrote:
> I've never had an intact male donkey or horse bother the babies. The
> weanlings, sometimes, but the babies never. The only problem I ever had
> with an intact male anything was a Suffolk ram (I do NOT like Suffolk, btw
> <g>) and he would head butt the horses to get to their feed. He stopped
> when an old gelding picked him up and tossed him.
Each donkey is different, but I can give you horror stories out the
wazoo of intact males who killed small things. We had a sad case of a
litter of kittens stomped to death (okay, no one saw it, but even
tomcats don't stomp as was done to those kittens).
People have kept a male with the herd for years, and then had the jack
get a wild hare and kill all the kids. The intact jacks I have known
were more or less out of control until their respective ballectomies.
The jack that Bev has her eye on sounds like a sweetie, and he may
well be. Plus, he's an old guy, and age mellows us all (for the most
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