We recently moved to the central coast of California onto 5 acres. I'm sure that sounds tiny to alot of you but having moved form a 10,000 sf lot this feels huge to us. LOL! We've had hens for years and are now adding goats. Starting out will have 8 mini Nubians. They are intended to be pets and to keep the weeds. etc. in check. (easier than weed whacking and more fun!) Seven are young wethers 2-3 months old (no horns) and the 9th is a doling with horns. This breed is difficult to find where we live so we didn't want to pass up the opportunity to get a female when it was presented. The thought is somewhere down the line we will likely start doing dairy for ourselves and perhaps breed her. So, to the point of my post about guard animals. Yes, I know dogs are the bomb for most folks. I have always had an aversion to dogs of any kind so a LGD is simply not an option for us. We had been planning on a donkey(s) as a guard animal. Everywhere I read, it says something different so I'm hoping you can help with answers to these questions: 1) One Donkey or Two? I hear they get lonesome and sad when alone but I also read that if there's more than one they will socialize with each other and ignore the goats. Which is correct? 2) Gelding or Jenny? I know a Jack is out of the question but I'm not sure about which sex is preferable. Females go into heat and can get moody but I've also read that they have the mother instinct and may be more protective of the goats. 3) Until I found this forum today, I'd not heard horror stories of donkeys injuring or killing goats! Would we be better off with a llama as a guard animal and if we go that route, do we get just one? Can anyone help with this? Thanks!