Are you calving? If so a jenny. Definitely. Size makes a difference as far as one or two...a standard (pony size) can definitely make a difference. Do *NOT* try running a jack with them. A gelding can even be a problem. A jenny can be an excellent guardian but NOT A MALE. I have a friend who got a male and it about killed one of her sheep...grabbed him by the neck and started shaking her, kicking her. You don't need that with calves. Almost every problem I've heard of a donkey attacking stock has been jacks or geldings. With horses they'd be fine...sometimes with larger stock. But I would NOT use them around young calves. A good jenny is worth a *lot* as a guardian...I had a shetland sized one that would stand over lambs so the horses didn't hurt them. Saw two Rottweilers walk 1200' back along a fence, 350' across and 800' back up to detour around the field Angel was in. Dogs that had killed chickens. I never lost a lamb. She went after another strange dog that someone stupidly decided to take with them on a shortcut across the property...would have been a dead dog without its owner. Definitely a jenny.cowman said:I know that some keep donkeys with their cattle to protect from dogs or coyotes. I have been offered a donkey for free. Whick is better; a jenny or a jack? Is one better than two? Thanks.
cowman said:I know that some keep donkeys with their cattle to protect from dogs or coyotes. I have been offered a donkey for free. Whick is better; a jenny or a jack? Is one better than two? Thanks.