Last Updated on February 24, 2022 by Allison Price
Donkeys, which are affectionate animals, play an important role on farms and other properties in America.
Although donkeys can sometimes be criticized for their stubborn streak and meanness, they form strong bonds with caregivers and owners who are able to communicate with them and take the time to develop a relationship.
Many people keep donkeys on property due to their tendency to be territorial.
It might seem like a negative thing, but depending on where you live, it can be very useful.
Do donkeys keep coyotes away? Donkeys do keep coyotes away. When they feel threatened, donkeys can get very upset. Donkeys can become very defensive and farmers and shepherds often keep them around to discourage coyotes and foxes and even wolves. They are a great protector for chickens and sheep.
You should be aware of their temperament and how you can keep them happy and healthy if you are thinking of introducing a donkey.
These are some tips to help you get a donkey, and keep your animals happy.
Strong Territorial Instincts in Donkeys
Donkeys are good stewards of their turf. They are not comfortable sharing spaces with other animals.
Although it is common for donkeys and other animals to share a home, it can be difficult to do so.
They will eventually form strong bonds with other donkeys. However, you need to be present to supervise their introduction and observe how they interact to avoid any injuries.
People who want to keep coyotes from their territory will appreciate this tendency to protect it.
Donkeys can be effective livestock guardians on many properties. There are many types of donkeys.
- Mini donkeys You should not use a miniature donkey to guard against coyotes. Although they may try to fight off the coyotes, their small size makes them vulnerable.
A coyote might take one look at the miniature donkey and decide to make a meal of it instead of hunting chickens. Because the donkey is small, it’s not worth risking injury. Coyotes will assess them and decide if it’s worth the risk.
- Standard donkeys– Standard donkeys are the best choice for keeping coyotes away. They are approximately 500 pounds in weight and will deter any coyotes who try to get near your fences.
- Mammoth Donkeys– Mammoth dokeys can be as big as horses and are a great deterrent to coyotes. These large animals can take on a single coyote.
Because coyotes don’t usually run in packs, there are very low chances of multiple coyotes visiting your property to interact with your donkey.
Are Donkeys able to fight off coyotes?
In general, a guard donkey can fight off a coyote. This is not because they feel the need to defend their sheep from an intruder, but because they fear for their own safety. The sheep around the donkey are safe and can continue grazing.
Donkeys are great guard animals. They have incredible stamina and can stay alert.
A donkey is not likely to patrol a pasture for coyotes as an expert guard dog. Donkeys can be very attentive while they are grazing.
They can sense changes in the air and know when danger is approaching and they will quickly move to stop it. To let strangers know that they are there, they will make a lot noise.
They’ll then move in the direction of the threat to stop them coming closer.
Can a Coyote Kill A Donkey?
Although it may sound strange, a donkey could kill a coyote in close quarters if they fight.
Donkeys can become aggressive and use their teeth, hooves, and teeth to take out any threat. They can inflict a lot of pain on a single coyote or fox that is not a small predator.
Bobcats can be fought off by donkeys. Although a pack of wolves may seem too much for most guard donkeys, they might be enough to deter the wolves from moving on to something else.
Do Donkeys make good guard animals?
Donkeys make great guard animals. They will monitor their surroundings and shout loudly to drive away predators.
This is a great early warning system for property owners and farmers who have animals. When it comes down it is possible to rely on a full-grown donkey for any strangers on your property with suspicion and force if necessary.
They are not good with dogs and other canines. Having a guard donkey in the field with a sheepdog to protect your flock is not always going to work. They might treat your dog the same way they would a coyote.
These animals are territorial. They can live with goats and sheep. They can coexist in an enclosure, or out on the pasture. However, it usually takes them a few weeks for their new neighbors to get used to them.
To keep everyone calm and happy, give them time.
You may be shocked at how aggressive your donkey can get when they are involved in a fight with coyotes, foxes, or other animals. They will bite and slash in an attempt to drive away any threat.
After they have accelerated so fast, your donkey will need to take some time to calm down.
I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!