Donkeys Can Protect Your Chickens From Predators
I heard a lot of clucking about donkeys protecting chickens so I decided to let you know how my donkey Shrek is doing with my chickens, dogs, and cats. Shrek has only been here for a few months, he is a gelded male, though I hear jenny's make good chicken protectors as well. He is earning his keep now that he has taken full possession of my property. After years of fighting off predators like raccoons, skunks, and coyotes, this year, since he has been here there have been no attacks or signs that they have even been on the property. My donkey is very protective and loves the chickens, I have even seen him herding them at bed time, much like a cattle dog would do. Shrek is well worth the cost of his five cups of sweet feed and all the hay he can eat. He really does not eat that much hay, preferring to munch on the grass, weeds, and shrubs around the property. I don't think I will be needing to mow come spring from the looks of it. I did have to block him off with poles and railings to keep him from eating the chicken feed.
Donkeys are pretty easy to take care of. They need shelter from the elements, hay, a place to graze and 4-6 cups of feed twice a day, keep their feet dry, and a yearly check up from the vet. So far, I have not had any problems with my two small dogs and my donkey other than the fact that they barked at him for a whole week. I monitored their visits but one day they got out and started chasing Shrek, he seemed to enjoy it rather than being scared but when he got tired of their game he tried to stomp them. My dogs learned quickly that Shrek the donkey was not to be toyed with and have since stopped bothering him. The cats pretend Shrek does not exist but Shrek likes to watch them and has even been known to follow them around. He already has figured out what birds and animals belong here and which ones don't. I would highly recommend using a donkey to protect your chickens based on my experience so far. Donkeys are pretty smart. Do you have a donkey around your chickens? Let me know how your donkey interacts with your chickens, pets, and other livestock, and I would also like to know if you have had any predator problems since you got the donkey. Update: Shrek is doing well with the chickens, I have had ZERO raccoons, foxes, or coyote's come on the property this year and Shrek has become very affectionate, coming up to me for petting, scratching, and grooming. Scroll down to find out how to use donkey manure for fuel in wood stoves.
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