The following are some tips and procedures we use at Quarter Moon Ranch to care for our donkeys. You will find that there is no singular approach to the miniature donkey’s health care and management. We advise you to consult with your veterinarian in order to develop a plan that will satisfy you both. Your donkey should have access to good, clean water 24 hours a day at all times. You may find it easier to install a float valve on your trough. Troughs should be cleaned when needed especially in the summer when the heat can cause bacteria and algae to grow faster than in winter. Caution should be taken when foals are around troughs. Do not use a trough so low to the ground that a foal could fall in and drown. A good quality horse hay should be fed to your donkey in the winter or if your donkey is in a dry lot meaning there is little to no grass available.
If the hoof accumulates enough dirt then thrush a bacterial infection in the foot could develop causing black discharge and pain for the animal. Author Laura Hageman has written varied articles on real estate to entertainment topics for the past three years. When you ask something of your donkey be sure your are being realistic in your expectations and are patient. Donkeys love grass. This type of hay provides a much lower energy source than early cut hay and for that reason it is fine for feeding to donkeys. Unmolassed sugar beet will aid in the prevention of weight gain and potential laminitis. Linseed seeds contain a chemical that is poisonous to mini donkeys, and it is very difficult to be sure that the seed has not been left in the straw. If you have lush pasture, you may need to restrict grazing all year round. With horse and mule feed, the amount should be reduced. If the miniature donkey remains in the stall then they could gain weight which is hard for the animal to lose. And, of course, every donkey is different.
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