Here they are in paddock that allows them access to wooded areas part of the time. Donks are very inquisitive and will investigate novel thing in their territory. They instinctively will go after dogs, coyotes and (in our area) coywolves with their front hooves. It is recommended to have at least 2 standard sized (as they are social animals and they need backup for some intruders).

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Comment by Joe Connelly on January 12, 2020 at 7:59am
Have you ever had your small ruminants fenced with something less predator proof than electric netting with your donkeys around? I am already committed to training dogs, but an herbivorous guard animal sounds great.

I have a neighbor who has had sheep in the electric netting without any coyote attacks since the stuff came out, and we have a thriving coydog population. Especially down by the river where they pasture their sheep.
Comment by Nan Grambo on January 18, 2020 at 4:19pm

I had a single donkey to guard sheep & goats at one time. I still had a lot of canine attacks (neighbor dogs, feral dogs, coyote) that the donkey didn't prevent. Maybe the problem was that I only had one donkey. One day, I saw that donkey pick up one of the goats by the scruff of the neck and throw it 15 feet. I sold the donkey.

I now have livestock guardian dogs and haven't had any loss of sheep or goats since then. I haven't trained my LGDs to chickens, and I have one male LGD who simply can't resist the game. So if a chicken gets in with the dogs, it's done.

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