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Date Posted: 14:22:45 10/29/06 Sun
Author: Kaci (Concerned)
Author Host/IP: user-0ccsosb.cable.mindspring.com /
Subject: Contemplating early weaning

I was given a Jenny a short time ago. She delivered a baby jenny 2 days after I got her. The mother is mean. She absolutely will not be touched and kicks aggresively when she feels uncomfortable. The baby, however, is a doll! I kept mother and baby stalled up for a couple of weeks and was able to get my hands on baby right away. Mother allowed it but we had to open gate and stand outside of stall and pet on baby. I then moved both to a round pen. Baby, again, came to me everytime I went in to feed. Baby is now about 6 weeks old. She and mom are running with the other horses with no problem. Baby is running to greet us when we go out there and allows me to handle her without hesitation. Mom is still untouchable.
I don't plan to keep the mother. My concern is if the baby will learn these bad manners from mom and, if so, would I be wise to wean baby now?
I would welcome any advice as this is my first donkey. Horses I have experience with but not donkeys.


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[> Re: Contemplating early weaning -- Anna, 17:44:56 11/02/06 Thu (vic-9-020.tisd.net/

Kaci, I too experienced the SAME Exact problem you are now facing. I still have the baby (now 3 yrs old) but sold mamma in a hurry. Donkey mares or jennys are know to be super protective of thier offspring. But almost always, the babys stay gentle. If she(baby) is comming up to you that is a plus in itself. My baby did too and we could open the gate, snatch her out and play with her, then quickly put her back in with momma. If you want to wean early as I did (it is NOT reccomended) is wait until at least 3 mos. feed a small amount of omolene 300 as grain, but only a SMALL amount plus grass hay and vitamins. Donkeys really get depressed when weaned and sometimes won't eat. DO NOT put baby back with momma after 48hrs of seperation due to milk fever. If you have any more questions I'll be happy to answer them. Hope this helps.

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[> Re: Contemplating early weaning -- Carole, 02:16:39 11/26/06 Sun (pool-72-70-186-63.hrbgpa.east.verizon.net/

No I do not suggest weaning at such an early age. If she is friendly, just keep playing with her, that will not change towards you, apparently the jenny was mistreated at one time or another and that is why she is the way she is.

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