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Old 03-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Antares View Post
...let me recommend getting a guard donkey.
Oh I just LOVE that. I can see the sub-division committee members faces now....
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:53 PM   #22
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I've never heard of a guard donkey ! I've been bugging my husband for a pair of alpacas but maybe we'll have to get donkeys. We have a bear (most likely a cub) who has created his own ingress/egress in our 8ft fence to drain our bird and squirrel feeders.
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #23
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I've heard of donkeys in with sheep to keep them safe. If I recall correctly, with a donkey companion the sheep weren't bothered by coyotes nearly as much.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:44 PM   #24
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Yeah, guard donkeys are used quite often for both sheep and goats (and I guess cattle, too) in Texas (and probably elsewhere). I would recommend getting one that is used to and gentle with people--and likewise hell on varmints and unwanted critters!

As I said, my parents had a guard donkey left on their property after some goats were moved off (none of the animals were theirs). Sally (the donkey) would follow my mom around, and one day chased off . . . . something . . . . that my mom never even caught a glimpse of.

They're interesting animals, but some do have a stubborn streak and/or can be mean to people. So be choosy about which . . . ahem . . . donkey you bring home! (It wouldn't let me use the other term!)
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woudl they chase off feral cats? If they keep the cats out of the yard the hubby will go buy them tonight !!! Nothing ruins a veggie garden like feral cats.
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woudl they chase off feral cats? If they keep the cats out of the yard the hubby will go buy them tonight !!! Nothing ruins a veggie garden like feral cats.
Inquiring minds want to know. According to this site they will go after cats and dogs; and you want a jenny, not a jack.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:18 PM   #27
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I really wouldn't mind composting, but Yogi (as he came to be known) put the kibosh on it, for sure.

We also have raccoons, big ones, and both bears and raccoons were getting in the garbage, as well as neighborhood dogs (including ours). One summer night several years ago I heard a ruckus up by the trash, and ran out in my nightie to chase off whoever the culprit was. There, lit by moonlight, rose up the biggest raccoon I had ever seen, clutching a pizza box. When he snarled at me over the top of it, I quickly gave up and ran back into the house!

Now we have this thing called a 'Bear Bin' that has a locking door so we don't have to risk life and limb challenging critters that get into the garbage.

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