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Holly Chisholm

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This is Petunia who we have had since November 2019. She was huge when we got her. She's on a straight Bermuda diet, and she really doesn't eat that much! She's gained about an inch a month. We had our vet do a blood pregnancy test. It came back positive, but the vet said the timing wasn't right on the due date the test gave, and that donkeys are notoriously hard to test accurately.

The rescue we got her from said there was no way she was bred. I haven't felt any movement, but then I didn't on my pregnant mini, Sally, either. Her udder is just two little deflated balloons.

I don't know what to think!
 

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Donkeys go longer than horses so you have time to wait/stress. I'll try to get a picture of my not pregnant fat donkey who eats almost nothing. Two inflated balloons is interesting. Could your vet palpate her so you know? I love donkeys, she's a cutie.
 

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Oh, didn't read that well, sleep deprived is my excuse ;).
You've had her since Nov. How long was she at the rescue? Any studs there of any kind? Sterling might be getting a playmate!!!!!! Haha!!!!
 

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Yes, there are studs at the rescue, but the rescue says they didn't get to her - she doesn't think. :) I don't know how long she was at the rescue. I must be brain-deprived; I meant two DEFLATED little balloons. I'll go back and edit.
 

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I am going to start off by saying I know absolutely NOTHING about donkeys, but if she's not pregnant I would be very shocked! I can't imagine anything else unless donkeys bloat like goats, but I doubt it. She looks like I felt in my last month of pregnancy all three times! Do donkeys have multiples? Just wondering...she is huge. I'm with Taz--you're sweet Sterling may get a cousin! Best wishes and (maybe congratulations are in order!)
 

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Holly, I tried to get you a couple of comparison pictures tonight but it didn't work well. The vet was here today for shots and Alice(my donkey) hasn't forgiven me yet. I'll try again tomorrow. If Petunia is like my two she won't even show in season which makes it even harder for you. Wait and see if she starts to show anything definite? It would be nice for Sterling to have someone to play and grow up with if she is in foal. I got Oliver a playmate when he was 4 months, he had his mom and two donkey aunts but they didn't play with him. Back to the rescue I went for a 3 year old gelding. My one rescue(mom) turned into three :rolleyes:
 

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Hi Holly,
This is Alice. She's a large standard and had a foal before I got her. Please excuse how she looks, I just treated her for lice(had a boarder move in with it a few years ago and it keeps coming back now and then) and she's in the middle of shedding.
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She is squishy on her sides but doesn't have a hay belly. I've seen donkeys that have huge pregnant looking bellies but it's always with squishy fat over their sides and quarters. I'm guessing your girl is a pretty good weight when you have your hands on her with a big belly? I think you're having another baby!!!!! :D:D:D
Looks like it's not her first, she'll know what's going on and make your life easier.
Sleep now while you can.
 
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