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Date Posted: 13:17:02 07/02/02 Tue
Author: Anita Garza
Author Host/IP: 216-52-255-116.fbcc.com / 216.54.254.116
Subject: Re: biting and bratty Jack burro..HELP!
In reply to: Dave Baker 's message, "biting and bratty Jack burro..HELP!" on 09:22:17 06/27/02 Thu

Hi Dave & Leslie,
Unfortunately, as a rule, jacks are not worth owning unless you are going to be raising donkeys or mules. Then sometimes the bad still outweighs the good. If you want a pet, a jack is a poor choice and you should consider gelding him. Jacks and john mules reach sexual maturity much sooner than horse stallions and tend to pick up bad habits while harassing the others in the herd. They also have a more extensive blood supply and tend to bleed more during and after surgery, so we often geld ours between 4-6 months of age. The hot months are bad because of fly problems. I am a former vet tech and castration wounds are a favorite of blow flies and even screw worms (South Texas). You have to doctor diligently and make sure the animal is exercised to avoid infection or blood poisoning.
The nipping and biting is a hard habit to break and swatting usually makes it worse, or you add head-shyness to the problem. Don't feed treats to those prone to nip. One way to divert that behavior is to begin training so that you have the donkey under your control while you are in contact with him. IE, instead of petting him out in the pasture, halter him, bring him in, tie him while brushing, start ground driving, etc to divert the behavior. Sometimes this works better than punishment.
Jacks are notorious for savaging other livestock. They should not be used as guard animals. I have one that regularly kills chickens roosting/nesting in the loft and making the mistake of coming down in his stall. He has also grabbed lambs through the fence and made quick work of them. Jacks have also been known to kill or savage foals, even their own. I know of one case personally, as it happened to a friend after I told him to remove the jack from the pasture it shared with an expectant mare bred to the same jack. Jacks tend to grab on with a death grip and not turn loose. It all depends on the jack's disposition, age, and amount of handling, but again, as a whole, a jack isn't normally what most people want to own.
If you aren't planning on showing or breeding and just want a pet, then definitely consider gelding him as soon as possible, and better yet, you might consider a jenny as they have much better attitudes and temperaments.
Hope this has helped some.
Anita Garza
ADMS Inspector & Regional Representative
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[> [> Re: biting and bratty Jack burro..HELP! -- Ruth, 18:39:25 08/06/02 Tue (bgrcvx032239.prexar.com/142.167.32.239)

Gee, I guess I'm lucky. All my jacks are just as sweet as the jennies, only they bray louder!

I have found a greater problem with mules chasing and/or savaging babies, but never had a problem with a donkey doing that.

I have a lot of land, and the jacks seem very happy if allowed to run free with several jennies. It keeps everyone happy, and I don't own a nasty jack.

To the writer of the original message: You might consider buying a gentle, mature jenny to turn out with the jack. He may chase her around at first, but they will probably both settle down shortly and stay happy together. Personally, I think donkeys belong together and are always happier with one or more of their own kind than just being alone, even if they are with other kinds of animals. I have lots of donkeys and lots of horses, and they all coexist very peacefully in the same pastures.


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[> [> jack or jenny? -- Brandy, 21:17:16 05/08/03 Thu (12-213-80-146.client.attbi.com/12.213.80.146)

I'm planning on getting a burro just for a pet but i'm having trouble deciding on getting a jack or jenny or geting a guelding. Any advice?


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[> [> FLIES ON BURROS -- VICKI FARR, 20:31:56 06/09/03 Mon (cache-dl03.proxy.aol.com/205.188.209.39)

WHAT IS GOOD TO KEEP THE FLIES OFF OF THE MINITURE BURRO'S.


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[> [> [> Re: FLIES ON BURROS -- Ricki Holt, 00:28:18 06/02/05 Thu (216-67-223-69.nas1.sho.az.frontiernet.net/216.67.223.69)

Avons skin so soft does a really good job of keeping flies off.


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[> [> I want to get a mule -- L.B, 16:29:55 05/15/04 Sat (jack-cas1-cs-368.dial.bright.net/216.255.40.243)

I want to get a mule really bad. My family says that they are mean and are nothing like a horse and I should not get one. I just wondering what yall think. Are mules really mean and will they kick you for no reason? Thanks! E-mail me if you would like


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