My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

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My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby imq707s » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:01 pm

I picked up a miniature jack donkey about 4 months ago. He's around 2 years old, and very friendly...and keeps a close eye on the two Scottish Highland cows I have. Actually, they chase him around most of the time...but overall, they get along pretty good.

The weather is getting down into the freezing temps....and the cows don't seem to mind it, and even though I have a small barn...the donkey will hang out with the cows out in the field even if it's in the snow and freezing rain. He's gotten a little chilled a few times and started to shiver. So now when I know it's going to start snowing or pouring down freezing rain and sleet, I will lock him up in the barn for the night to keep him dry. He absolutely hates being in there by himself....he will just pace back and forth in the pen all night long....working all of the hay right down to the dirt where he's been going back and forth. Is that normal for a donkey to do that? Is that because he's attached to the two cows?? I would think he would rather by in the dry barn that out in the cold with the cows, but I guess not. I feel bad seeing him in there pacing back and forth, but it's better than him getting too cold.

Any ideas?
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:05 pm

Blanket? Like a horse.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:11 pm

He is what I call a weaver. If you put him a stall, he just weaves back and forth. It's like cribbing, or any other bad habit. If I had a horse doing it, it would be grounds for dismissal. I have had two that were bad about it during my life. I kept one hobbled, because he had enough redeMing qualities that i wanted keep him. I don't think I would worry about a donkey doing it.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby cow pollinater » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:14 pm

Leave him out with the cows where he's comfortable. :nod:
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:15 pm

cow pollinater wrote:Leave him out with the cows where he's comfortable. :nod:


In a nice little blanket.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby snake67 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:27 pm

Leave him out - forget the blanket - give him access to shelter if you are that concerned - he will look after himself.

If he cannot, then time to get another donkey

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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby Jlane » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:59 pm

He should be fine as ling as he can move around enough to stay warm. With a shelter he should be fine, they're pretty smart.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby imq707s » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:11 pm

That's the problem. He'll say out in the snow until he's shivering....but he won't leave the cows to go in the barn. Maybe I need to get him a blanket.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby M5farm » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:28 pm

Leave him out, he will outlive you cause you can't kill the dang thangs
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:34 pm

M5farm wrote:Leave him out, he will outlive you cause you can't kill the dang thangs


I agree, I have 4. They pretty much get free choice feed with urea in it. I doubt you could kill one of the things with an ax.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby M5farm » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:12 pm

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M5farm wrote:Leave him out, he will outlive you cause you can't kill the dang thangs


I agree, I have 4. They pretty much get free choice feed with urea in it. I doubt you could kill one of the things with an ax.

I got 4 with the 5th due any day. They are always in the way when I need to pen cows but other than that they are pretty cool.
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby snake67 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:50 pm

M5farm wrote:Leave him out, he will outlive you cause you can't kill the dang thangs


LOLOL!!

So true

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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby snake67 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:51 pm

imq707s wrote:That's the problem. He'll say out in the snow until he's shivering....but he won't leave the cows to go in the barn. Maybe I need to get him a blanket.


You are going to do what you are going to do.

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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby Named'em Tamed'em » Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:13 pm

The problem is " I would think he would rather" !

I think he's going to do what he wants if you let him.

But, get him a proper fitting blanket if it makes "you" feel better. :) :)
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Re: My donkey freaks out if he's not with the cows..normal?

Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:25 pm

Trouble is unlike horses/cows donkeys fur is not "waterproof". When they get wet their fur just becomes a cold wet blob sucking heat out of their bodies and it can/will lead to hypothermia and death.

If he won't go into a shelter then a good weatherproof blanket is about the best you can do.

Mine like to stick with the cows but when it gets cold and damp out they are smart enough to seek shelter. Then again the cows stick close to the shelter as well.
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