How to Tell When a Donkey is About to Give Birth

As a donkey owner, it’s important to know when your donkey is about to give birth to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for both mother and foal. Here are some signs that indicate your donkey may be close to giving birth:

  1. Increased activity – Donkeys typically become more active in the days leading up to labor. They may run, buck or move around more than usual.

  2. Enlarged belly – As the foal grows larger, you will notice a bulge in your donkey’s belly. This can be visible for several weeks before labor begins.
  3. Changes in behavior – Your donkey may become more agitated or defensive as they prepare for labor. They may also become less likely to interact with you or other animals.
  4. Swollen teats – In some cases, the teats may become swollen and reddened as the foal prepares to nurse.
  5. Lowered head – As labor begins, your donkey may lower their head and become more focused on delivering the foal.

It’s important to note that not all donkeys will exhibit these signs in the same way or at the same time. If you’re concerned about your donkey’s labor, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian or experienced horse breeder for guidance.

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