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Old 02-23-2009, 07:13 PM  
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Pregnant Donkey Question

Hey everyone. I've posted about my new donkey girl, Belle, that is expecting a baby. Can anyone tell me what to look for as her time draws closer? She was with the jack for a while so we aren't sure of the conception date. The closest we can come is between weeks to a couple of months. She's pear shaped (pointy belly), but has not really started to bag up much. I've been doing some research and have a general idea of what to look for, but I wanted to see if anyone had any first-hand advice. We're very excited about our new baby!

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Old 02-24-2009, 03:09 PM  
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I love Belle's face - what a cute donk

The one thing I have learned about critters getting ready to give birth (well actually for every thing) is that none of them know how to read the books about the signs we are looking for and how to obey the charts in the birthing books

Durn babies come out into the world laughing at us - fooled you But they are soooooo cute that we forgive um anyway

So to answer your question - none of mine followed the rules, so can't tell you for sure.....As a llama breeder told me when asked "How do I know when she will give birth?" The answer was "There will be a little cria coming out!"

So when the little donk comes, that is the day she will Birth

Just have your camera loaded and ready for us to see pics
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:41 PM  
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Donkey to give birth

The usual signs, bagging up, loose back end. If you tap along the sides of their tail head and the top of her backend it will be loose almost like jello. Her vulva will become loose/relaxed as well.
Her hips will start to stick out, usually a hollow will appear in front of the hips as the foal drops in preparation for birth.
Some donks become ravanous before birthing. I have one donk who eats like crazy 3 days before foaling, everytime. Some will go off feed. Some will start hanging all by themselves if not alone already.
Some act a bit depressed, I think they are just feeling the beginning of labor when they act that way.
Little wax beads on the ends of her teats might appear.
Donkeys are pregnant for usually 1 year.
I don't know if that helped or not-but now you have more signs to look for!
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:48 AM  
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Thanks!

I'm just so excited! Thanks for giving me some tips.
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:36 PM  
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You're welcome! Good luck and get your camera ready!
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