FAQs Miniature Donkeys
General information?
Miniature donkeys must always be kept in pairs, they should NEVER be kept on their own. It is very worthwhile becoming a member of the Donkey Breed Society which produce regular magazines full of interesting tips, stories etc. A very useful book is Caring For Your Miniature Donkey by Bonnie R. Gross and if you are thinking about breeding she also wrote another book titled Donkey Foaling Manual By Bonnie R. Gross.
Do you deliver?
We know a number of Equine transport companies if you have no means of transportation.
How much land do I require?
One acre of land is ideal for a pair of miniatures ideally subdivided into smaller paddocks to control their weight and worm control. Free access to a field shelter or stable at all times.
What do they eat?
Most of the year restricted grass in their paddocks and ad-lib barley straw. Additional feed is required in Winter time 1lb of good quality hay a day per donkey. Pregnant and lactating Jennies and foals under 6 mths old and elderly donkeys have a handful of stud balancer and a handful of donkey mollichaff everyday.
Note - If your donkey does not come across to feed and stands alone this could mean your donkey may be very unwell, call your vet for advice immediately.
What about worming?
Poo-pick your pasture everyday. Worm every 6 months Spring and Autumn or take poo samples to send off for a worm count.
When do they need their teeth checked and vaccinations?
Keep a close eye on your donkeys teeth up to the age of four years old , look at them regularly and watch them eating to make sure they are not having any difficulties. From four years to teens ask your vet to carry out a dental check annually or bi-annually whatever your vet recommends. A good time to book this in is at annual vaccination time. We vaccinate our donkeys against equine influenza and tetanus.
What about grooming and hoof care?
Pick out feet on a regular basis. The farrier must trim feet every 10-12 weeks. Lightly groom all year round using a curry comb and dandy brush. Groom more vigorously in the spring time to encourage their beautiful shiny summer coat to come through. Regularly feel down their back bone and ribs to condition score them and use a weigh band to keep an eye on any changes.
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