Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23

Thread: Donkeys for guard duty?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Great Lakes area
    Posts
    2,338

    Default Donkeys for guard duty?

    Anyone have experience with using donkeys for guarding your goats, sheep, or any other other flocks? Like to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly stories. Thanks!
    "Never send a Glock to do a 1911's job."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    North Idaho
    Posts
    3,400

    Default

    Only the TSA.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    158

    Default

    My friend uses them and they are great. He has both a jack and jenny and the jack is super protective of the jenny. They are temperamental, but when I drive up, the jack is Hee-Hawing" like mad. If they get upset, they let everything in a 500 yard radius know they're not happy.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Lake LBJ, Texas
    Posts
    8,327

    Default

    Great thread. I was just discussing this possibility this morning. I want something guarding my deer fawns from Cara Cara.
    Once on safari in deepest darkest Afganistan we ran out of Gin, and were compelled to survive on food and water for several days.


    I typically carry a flask of vodka for snakebites. I also carry a small snake.- W. C. Fields

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    East TN Smokey Mountains
    Posts
    5,331

    Default

    we got a full sized jack after we had some coyote trouble.

    no more coyotes, but he plays pretty rough with our saanen goats so I made a electric fenced area that they can run under that he can't. Did the same in the barn.

    He is loud when he cuts loose. Definitely guards the area from coyotes - pretty much everyone in these parts uses donkeys for this purpose.

    He doesn't alert on strange people however.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Central Oregon
    Posts
    122

    Default

    I have Llama and 8 pigmy goats. Never lost a goat to coyotes. My llama was very gentle with the kid goats. A llama would be gentle with fawns. Dont just get a free one, make sure it will let you halter it and leads/loads well. If they spit they have been abused, find another. If true danger they scream like a banshee otherwise very quiet.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    4 corners
    Posts
    1,928

    Default

    I had a painted Jack with my goats at one time. after two years he decided to start stomping new born kids. So he went away.

    Llamas seem to be doing a fine job with know loss for multiple years now, can remember 7 or 8 years.

    I don’t know why the Jack got that way, lots of people around here use jacks and Jens with no problems.

    I currently lean toward llamas accept for shearing them, however if you want to make your on sweater…
    ‘God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Great Lakes area
    Posts
    2,338

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by brushbuster67 View Post
    I had a painted Jack with my goats at one time. after two years he decided to start stomping new born kids. So he went away.

    Llamas seem to be doing a fine job with know loss for multiple years now, can remember 7 or 8 years.

    I don’t know why the Jack got that way, lots of people around here use jacks and Jens with no problems.

    I currently lean toward llamas accept for shearing them, however if you want to make your on sweater…
    I checked out a couple sites and the only problem they had with llamas is they are not designed to beat the crap out of a critter who needs their crap kicked (in terms of their soft hooves and jaw strength)
    Saw a series of pics showing a donkey killing a mountain lion. Figure that's one badass ass. (Sorry, couldn't help that one.)
    Yeah, the aggression toward other animals was mentioned also. Definitely something to watch out for.
    "Never send a Glock to do a 1911's job."

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,197

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Straycat1911 View Post
    I checked out a couple sites and the only problem they had with llamas is they are not designed to beat the crap out of a critter who needs their crap kicked (in terms of their soft hooves and jaw strength)
    Saw a series of pics showing a donkey killing a mountain lion. Figure that's one badass ass. (Sorry, couldn't help that one.)
    Yeah, the aggression toward other animals was mentioned also. Definitely something to watch out for.
    was it these pictures? http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/mulelion.asp

    I know for a fact that Donkeys will handle coyotes, but a Mountain Lion......that's a not not something I would bet on, in fact my money would be on the mountain lion
    Last edited by Tdale; 03-15-2012 at 05:08 PM.
    Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 1969
    Location
    Lake LBJ, Texas
    Posts
    8,327

    Default

    I've thought of Llamas also, but the long hair concerns me. If caught up in brush, would they get loose, or stand there and die?
    Once on safari in deepest darkest Afganistan we ran out of Gin, and were compelled to survive on food and water for several days.


    I typically carry a flask of vodka for snakebites. I also carry a small snake.- W. C. Fields

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •