Miniature donkeys are relatively easy to care
for and maintain.
I will list below most of the things that you
should provide for
your Miniature donkeys, but there is one thing I believe is the MOST
THEY NEED A COMPANION!!! Usually
but it can be a friendly large goat, a horse, or a mule.
This means that you CANNOT have a Miniature donkey in a
pen ALL ALONE. Donkeys are herd animals and they like a group.
Even that one donkey that doesn't seem to like any other
donkeys, still needs a companion. Two geldings (castrated jacks)
playing can be the most amusing entertainment!!!
So, to keep your Miniature donkeys friendly, lovable and
alert, make sure they have an animal friend.
A jack can have a gelding as a buddy until breeding time
and then he'll be happy with a couple of girls. All my
donkeys are in pairs, and some are in threes,
that is their way. We don't need
to mess that up.
require at least a
3 sided shelter with the back to the North. So they can get out of the
rain, summer heat and
The shelter should be in as large of a fenced area as you can provide.
Your fence should be at least
4 feet high.
Provide clean water, hay
and mineral salts. We add a
little sweet feed or oats daily
during the winter.
Our donkeys graze on our alicia hay pastures all summer and only the
foaling jennets, foals and
show animals get
We like to provide shaded
water, so it will be cooler and
stay cleaner, because
the lack of sun discourages
For health care the donkeys need annual
We also have their feet trimmed quarterly and do paste worming
at the same time.
Miniature donkeys like to be brushed, especially
when they are shedding, And of course they like to be scratched and loved.
Miniature donkeys in different parts of the country can
require more feed
and other types of shelter, depending on the climate. But,
donkeys are still the easiest of keepers.
Many people that call me have several
different kinds of animals
and want them all to have fun together, so...
To address a frequently asked question:
as a general rule miniature donkeys
DO NOT like dogs. There are exceptions and ways to work
with your young donkeys and dogs that might help them
learn to be compatible. But, even if your dogs like horses, that doesn't
mean the donkeys will like the dogs. Ask questions about the
donkeys you are considering and get a second opinion.
People often want to purchase a
(one male and one female) of miniature donkeys, like they would with dogs.
That is like wanting one stallion and one mare. Won't he be frustrated!
Like stallions, intact mature jacks are breeding animals
and should never be used as pets. For pets, two gelded jacks
are the best way to go.
These are the BASICS. If you plan to become a
breeder, you should visit different breeding farms to learn as
much as possible. Having a mature breeding jack requires a
different set up than having pets, jennets or geldings.
The National Miniature Donkey Association
magazine "The Asset" is a great source of information.
Please click on the logo to visit their website and find out how
to join this organization.
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Mel and Liz Cole
852 N FM 1194/Lufkin TX 75904-0505/936-875-3149
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