|02-23-2009, 08:13 PM|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SE US
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!
|02-24-2009, 04:09 PM|
Join Date: Apr 2007
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
Love is a visible gift of God like when you see Peter-John's and Darlin's souls touch
|02-24-2009, 06:41 PM|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kalispell, Montana
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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