Donkey Care

 

 

Courtesy of Braying Hills! 

Their number One Need is a

COMPANION! 

    You will find that because Donkeys are herd animals they don't like to be alone. Another donkey is the best choice but a horse, or a mule will work just fine. If you love your Donkey you can't keep just one...you must have MORE!  You will certainly catch "Donkey Fever" after you have one donkey or even visit a Donkey Breeder. Donkeys need their daily hugs and loving to be the best possible Donkey!

    Never pasture two jacks together come breeding time. They will try to kill each other! I keep my two young jacks (My Boys!) together at this time because they are not of breeding age and it isn't breeding season. But come next spring I will put two of the girls in with each jack with a partition between them so they cannot attack each other!

    Donkeys need shelter year around. We have two barns and a three sided lean-to. Donkeys like to be able to get out of the rain and snow and sometimes the sun. Ours love to lay inside the lean-to so they are out of the wind but can still take a sunbath on sunny days. 

    We also keep a pile of dirt for playing "King on the Mountain" and sand or limestone screening for those wonderful dust bathes! Our donkeys are very curious and will get into anything they can get their noses or mouths on! Sassie actually tries to open the man door of the barn with her mouth! So make sure you don't have anything dangerous laying around that might cause injury.

    You should provide clean water, hay and a salt block with minerals. Fencing should be four feet or higher and not barbed wire if you can at all keep from using type of fencing. 

    We also feed sweet feed (lowest possible fat content) twice daily. We give each donkey about a cup at each feeding. This is especially important for pregnant and lactating jennies. Your Jennie may not produce enough milk for her foal without sweet feed. 

 

    Our donkeys graze in our pastures during the growing seasons and get grain twice a day so we can check to see that no one has any injuries or is feeling badly.

    We  provide shaded water, so it will be cooler and 
stay cleaner, the lack of sun discourages algae growth and changing the water every three days during mosquito season keeps the mosquito population down. We vaccinate our kids as needed for our area. Please check with your veterinarian for vaccinations that you may need in your area of the country. 

    We trim their feet every few months. We do this ourselves as it doesn't take much effort if you rasp every 6 or 8 weeks. Look at how these donkeys cooperate with this farrier...NO HALTERS!!!

 

       

Courtesy of Horseshoe Ranch in MO!

 

    Worming happens at least every eight weeks and more often if necessary. You should rotate your worming product. It is especially important to use a Botfly killer after the first freeze of the season. 

    Our donkeys love to be brushed, scratched, rubbed and hugged! It can be quite fun to try two scratch two donkeys and have a third donkey rubbing on your rump! Our Donkeys bray at us every time they hear a door to the house open and as we come and go down our lane. They can hear the water running in the house as we are making our morning coffee and then there is a lot of demanding braying going on!

    These are some of the basics. If you plan to become a miniature donkey owner you should read as much information as you can get your hands on and you might visit different donkey farms to learn as much as possible. 

Taken at Braying Hills in Niangua, MO!

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