Here are some of our Basic Care / Tips.

 

Weaning:
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.

Gestation:
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. 

Social Habits:
Miniature donkeys should never be alone. They are very social animals and need
some form of companion such as another donkey, pony or horse.

Vaccines:
They require an annual preventative vaccination for Eastern/Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, Rhinopneumonitis and Influenza.

Worming:
We worm every 2 months and rotate wormers. Also removing manure from stalls, barns and pasture management will reduce or prevent a parasite problem.

Shelter
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.

Hoof Care:
Your farrier should visit your farm every eight weeks to trim and file as needed.

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 moldy hay.
 

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