Our donkeys are weaned at 5 - 6 months of age. They can be weaned as
early as 4 months old but never before 4 months,
unless there are circumstances that might affect the health of either
the foal or the mother.
For us the average gestation time has been 12 months, but jennets can
carry a foal from 11 1/2 months to 13 months. Any foal born before
11 months is considered to be premature.
Miniature donkeys should never be
alone. They are very social animals and need
some form of companion such as another donkey, pony or horse.
They require an annual preventative vaccination for Eastern/Western
Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis and Influenza.
We worm every 2 months and rotate wormers. Also removing manure from
stalls, barns and pasture management will reduce or prevent a parasite
All donkeys should have free access to shelter. They need to have a
minimum of a three sided shelter. They must be protected from cold,
wind, rain and hot sun. You should also use a good dry bedding
especially in the winter months to keep your donkey warm.
Don't forget to remove manure daily.
Your farrier should visit your farm every eight weeks to trim and file
WE ALSO MAKE IT A HABIT TO PICK OUT
OUR DONKEYS FEET AL LEAST ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK.
(MORE OFTEN IF THE GROUND HAS BEEN WET AND MUDDY)
Feeding and Nutrition:
Donkeys should have free access to fresh, clean water, (they don't like
warm dirty and there for will not get enough to drink) A constant
mineral salt supplement (we provide both blocks and loose with selenium/
salt mix added) A good quality low molasses grain (weanlings, and bred
or nursing jennets really need to be grained regularly) and in the
winter months a good quality hay. You want to avoid feeding dusty and
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