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Donkeys are easy to
care for, especially compared to larger animals, but they should never be
neglected. That's why we like to help new donkey owners get at least a basic
understanding of donkey care. Donkeys may be used for a variety of tasks, or
just as pets, but they ALWAYS need basic care. Here is an outline of the care
program we encourage.
- Feed about 1/2 flake of good quality
coastal hay morning and evening per animal when grass is not abundant.
Feed pregnant and lactating moms
from 2 to 4 lbs. per day (divide into 2 or 3 feedings) of a good quality
balanced feed such as Omalene 200 or Strategy.
Geldings and mature jacks usually don't need more than 2 lbs. per day (divide
into 2 or 3 feedings). Foals can be fed a quality feed formulated for growing
equine, such at Purina Equine Junior, and can eat up to 2 pounds per feeding.
They also take longer to eat than an adult, and should not be fed with adults,
since the adults will come to eat their feed and run them away from it. You must use your judgement according to the INDIVIDUAL
weight of the animal. Please contact me for more discussion on this subject if you are not sure
about the weight of your animal. We use a regular "pet milk" can as a feed
measurer, but some feed weighs more than other feeds. One pet milk can of
Strategy weighs about 1 lb.
DO NOT OVERFEED! DO NOT UNDERFEED!
This can be difficult at first, but don't give up. If you are not sure, please
seek advice from a professional. Donkeys have a lot of hair, and you have to
learn to judge their weight by "feel". You should not see their backbones, or
be able to see their ribs. They should feel round in the hips and shoulders,
but not have bulging necks or "pones" on their backs and hips.
A mineral supplement must be
available at all times. Since miniature donkeys can easily be overfed, they
often do not get enough minerals in their meager rations. Minerals can be
provided in the form of a lick or loose minerals that can be offered free
choice or used as a top dressing. I use both forms of minerals in order to
make sure all my donkeys get some form of them. I use a high quality mineral
block, Purina Nature's Essentials.
Fresh, clean water must be provided
at all times. Donkeys don't like dirty or hot water. They also don't like
freezing cold water!
Trim hooves as needed, usually about
every two months, but foals need it more often. You can learn to do this yourself, but it must not be
De-worm every other month
alternating between an ivermectin product such as Zimecterin and a
fenbendazole product such as Safeguard or Panacur. Use Prazyquantel twice
annually for Tape Worms.
Keep pastures, paddocks and stalls
clean to control parasites and flys.
Vaccinate in the spring and fall
for Influenza, Rhino, Eastern/Western Encephalomalitis, and West
Nile. Rabies and Tetanus should be given once a year.
This routine can vary according to exposure. Check with your veterinarian
for professional advice on vaccinations. We do not give the Flu vaccine
until foals are 8 or 9 mos. of age. Giving it too early may inhibit
your animals' ability to develop immunity against the Flu. We vaccinate
pregnant jennets at 6, 8 and 10 months duration for Rhino. Flu, Rhino
and Strangles are very contageous, and transmitted from animal to animal.
If you transport or show your animals, they will need vaccines for these
diseases more often. They must be given vaccines at least three weeks
Lots of people ask me about flies.
If a donkey has a full coat, flies don't usually bother them too much. We do
have problems with flies on their legs in the spring. We use a salve called
"Swat" and cover the areas where the flies are picking on them about twice a
week. We also use equine fly spray on our clipped donkeys when it is
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
donkeys need to be clipped? No, only
if you show them or you just want to.
I bathe my donkey? Yes you can. Most
donkeys learn to enjoy a bath every now and then. It helps to use warm water!
It is not a necessary part of grooming but it will make their hair look
nice. We bathe our show donkeys often. Donkeys do love to be brushed
keep my jack with my jennets? This
depends on the jack. If you own a jack and you are not sure...you probably need
to contact me and we can discuss this.
just de-worm once a year? De-worming
is one of the most important health care and prevention services you can supply to your donkeys.
Do not let your guard down on this one. Don't just take my word for it.....talk
to your veterinarian.
can donkey foals be weaned? We wean
between 4 and 6 months depending on how well the foal is eating concentrates and
the condition of the mother. Weaning with a friend makes the transition much
easier on the foal.
Can I use pesticides such as ant poison in my
donkey paddocks? We strongly suggest
you do not do this. We keep our pastures as natural and clean as possible. If
you do choose to use a product to control ants, please make sure it is safe for
animals. There are products that work well, but will not poison your donkeys.
Can't my donkeys just live on grass or grass
and oats? We feed high quality
feed, in small amounts, because grass and hay just does not contain enough nutrients for equine
even if it is fertilized. We actually find our donkeys get too fat on grass and
have to move them to smaller pastures, but this does not mean they are getting
the nutrients they need, just too many calories. If you have pet donkeys,
it's fine to use hay and grass for their primary diet, but this is where
minerals become extremely important.
Do miniature donkeys make good guard animals, against dogs and coyotes?
NO! They are too small for the job. They generally don't like canine, and may
attack them, but they could easily be overpowerd by a large dog, or a "pack".
If you need guard donkeys, we recommend larger ones.
Can I purchase a jack and jennet as a pair? This is NOT a good plan.
Owning a jack comes with a great deal of responsibility, and your jennet is not
going to be very happy with him as her companion. Jacks are aggressive. Yes,
they are very sweet also, but they are aggressive breeders. They are
territorial, and protective. They are not safe around small children. Jennets
prefer other jennets as companions, and can become lonely and depressed without
other female companionship. A gelding would be a better choice for a jennet
than a jack, but another jennet would be ideal. Geldings make great pets, and
can live in pairs or groups very happily. There are MANY problems associated
with keeping a jack. Please contact me for more information on this. "A
breeding pair" is just not a good thing. There are lots of jacks around
to breed to if you want to have foals.
When should I geld? This really depends on what purpose you have for your
donkey, but generally speaking, the earlier the better. Please ask your vet to "ligate"
when he does this procedure. Donkeys have larger veins and bleed more than
Caring for you
donkeys doesn't take a lot of time or money, but it will really pay off in the
long run with health benefits and overall well being. Please call or e-mail us
with any questions you may have about donkey care. If we don't know the answers,
we will help you find them!
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