My niece had a mare reject her foal earlier this year and was very successful with this product. For a 180kg, or around 10hh donkey, this equates to 2-3kg dry matter per day. Just give a little hay. After all of that and we get him back to our field, what should we feed him? I am nervous about how I am going to put the Jenny with my mare and having the still nursing baby with them both. Also, with all this grass, do they need anything else in summer besides water and minerals? You can't (again w/ the always and never thing) over feed a mule and if you have a skinny one? Thanks for reaching out, Have you consulted a veterinarian with regards to foal mortality? I know she is not a horse! When the foal is getting ready to be weaned and after weaning, I would recommend that it be fed a product designed for young growing horses at the recommended feeding rate. I considered an oatmeal, though now have read to not increase fiber. 2 things.. Did anyone know that red maple leaves can kill a donkey the same as a horse?? Have hay on hand for rainy days. She recommended a sweet feed or complete ration in addition to his free choice hay. Hi , I I have a 10 yr old Mule, she’s always braying even after she is fed. Weight gain does require significantly more intake than just maintaining weight. Thank you for your interesting question about your 2 mini donkeys with different ailments. The choice of seed for pasture can depend greatly on soil type as well as climate zone, so you local expert can really provide the best advice. What a great story about your pyrenean jack donkey! Unless he is in poor body condition, in which case you can feed at the upper end of the range until he gets up to condition, then back off the feed until you find the amount he maintains condition at. He loves being right with my horse . I would like the advice. A horse will eat just because it wants to. These products are fed at fairly low feeding levels. In Nutrena, I would use either SafeChoice Original if it is a mature donkey, SafeChoice Mare & Foal if it is a young growing donkey, Senior if it is an old donkey or equivalent products. Our goats and donkey pasture together. 2. You’ll want to restrict their hay to 1.5 – 2.0% of their body weight per day. I won’t be getting any grain, as I do believe from all I have read you can just give them the pasture to eat off of and barley straw or hay in evenings to feed them and this is fine? A forum community dedicated to horse owners and enthusiasts. According to the man I'm buying him from, he's been the low man in his current herd & has been chased off of the round bale (I also witnessed this when I was there to try him out). It takes about 2.5-3.5 pounds of feed to produce 1 pound of gain, so if I want an animal to gain 1 pound per day, need to feed at least that much above the maintenance requirement. requirements, but they will give you endless enjoyment if you manage them properly. We are adopting 3 mini longhorns and a full sized Holstein heifer. The donkey is a basic mount. In regards to the pasture & hay question – when in doubt, put it out! You may also want to use a small quantity of a ration balancer, like Nutrena Empower Topline Balance, to provide some amino acids, trace minerals and vitamins. Is it ok to soak his hooves in warm water and apple cider vinegar? Good luck! Hello Cassandra, Thanks for the question. Hi Sandy, Take a look at an article we’ve posted when considering the care for a donkey: As they are very devoted companions, I cannot separate them…how else to controle the donkey’s intake? I was told by the vet to never grain her, only round bales of hay. Do I need to restrict their area or grazing-muzzle them to prevent them getting fat? We just tested her for 2 abscesses on her neck and they have healed well. Click here to find a Nutrena retailer near you. Roy J. I have goats and they are fed a pellet. I went to that location. I know donkeys are designed to be on drier ground with very little forage. Thank you. Donkey: 5 years old, 150kg (ideal weight), healthy, good teeth: Limited grazing or hay: 0.5-0.75kg (25% of diet) in spring, summer and autumn, 1-1.5kg (50% of diet) in winter. Thank you ~ Gina T. My miniature donkey is obese. He will be in a pasture of Bermuda costal grass with the minis and holstein. There might be some animal products that would be considered unusual for a mini mule. Hi Alayna, New donkey owners are often surprised at just how easily their donkeys can gain weight, especially in places with temperate climates and an abundance of lush green grass. The first thing we have to do is understand that what the donkey is doing is normal donkey behavior that we want to modify to allow the donkey to be part of the team. He respiration was at 48. It sounds like you are on the right track! My question is what exactly do I feed him besides what he gets munching in the pasture? I sure could use some advise. One day he was a skinny mini and the next he had a potbelly. Best of luck! I live in a remote area so my options are limited. The hay we will feed her is Timothy grown at 7,500 ft altitude. Your email address will not be published. Fresh clean water needs to be available as well. Thank you so much for the information! The only other thing we would recommend is to monitor the body condition as your pasture conditions change. I am not sure what you are describing with reverse stringhalt symptoms. He’s lucky to have you! While not designed for equids, there should not be any ingredients in the dog food that would be detrimental. You want to limit protein and carbohydrates for donkeys, so a high protein sweet feed would not be ideal. Any info or advice would greatly be appreciate. I contacted the vet and he stated he treated several cases of pneumonia in the past few weeks. I would defer to veterinarian or farrier in this regard. is this safe for the little guy if I just give him a little bit to start with? The quantity fed can be increased gradually until the animals gain weight, then reduced to maintain the desired weight level. A mule will only eat what it's body tells it, it needs. If you buy a horse from the Marketplace you can of course ride a horse from the start. Is the hay sufficient and if so, how much and how often each day? Try feeding Progressive Nutrition Foals First Starter and Creep Pellets as she is already 2.5 mos old. So we’re planning on going out there in the next couple of days to try and catch him. Would you suggest daily exercise? Also the mother is pretty plump right now and where I live she will be on a dry paddock. Example Diets Example 1. Remember; a mule will not overeat and founder. Also, in regards to hoof issues such as laminitis, limiting access to the early hours of the day when the sugar content of the pasture is lower can be beneficial as well. There’s plenty of browsing. Is a goat mineral block safe for a donkey? Goats are herbivores and tend to have herd tendencies, although they can be escape artists and eat unusual things, so something to consider there. While you should always provide plenty of fresh, clean water to your donkeys, it is true that they have a lower requirement for water than horses. There could be a number of reasons that could be causing the problem, so a consultation with your vet would bring great insight. Is there a mineral that’s not good for donkeys? Seemed very healthy. Hi Ibrahim, Also, you might consider adding a small quantity of a high quality Omega 3 fatty acid source such as flax oil. Hi Ashlynn, Have been feeding west senior pellets and steamed flaked oats. In Nutrena, I would use either SafeChoice Senior or SafeChoice Mare & Foal or equivalent products. Both are weight. The skin issue may be a function of a nutrient deficiency or imbalance. The cecum in a young donkey, like a young horse, is not fully functional and cannot adequately digest this type of forage. It was spreading to his front flank. In fact, donkeys have one of the lowest requirements for water among domesticated animals with the exception of the camel. Congratulations on rescuing this family of donkeys. Ingestion of macadamia nuts by dogs in relatively small quantities results in a nonfatal syndrome with some dogs showing symptoms with as few as 6 nuts, depending on the size of the dog. If grained, the protein should preferably be lower than 12%. You can start at the low end of the feeding chart based on weight and gradually increase. I have 5 rescue donkeys who normally roam on grass with an additional oat hay bale per day and a small amount of supplement. Hi Dean, While they are related to horses and considered an equid, the way their digestive system functions is much different – donkeys have actually been compared to small ruminants in their capabilities to digest and utilize fiber. Debi Mullen. Hi Randy, Unfortunately, they have pretty much eaten the pasture down to the dirt. The other has what looks like reverse string hault but no one knows what it is. Then you can feed the donkey his correct amount of hay where he can get to it. A small hoof problem can look just awful and the donkey might not be able to put any weight at all on 1 foot. He would not eat or poop. They were dry but fully formed and Intack. Required fields are marked *. Sorry to read that you lost your mule’s companion to colic. Fat or muscle? Would my mare try to kill the baby donkey or would the mother protect her baby? Offering only hay has some disadvantages. He will probably put weight on quickly once he is taken out of the bad situation. Hello Katie, Thanks for the question, and thank you for trying to help the donkey! Although he was untouchable in the beginning he trusted me and had began to allow me to hold him pet him and love him. Is it safe to feed them sorghum bales? There are a number of other considerations you must take into account. I know they have a very different diet than goats but when I get a donkey what should I fed them. Thank you for your interesting question about feeding donkeys. Feed them roughly 3-5 lbs of hay per day each – roughly! Our product, called Empower Balance, provides the protein, vitamins and minerals they need, and that might be lacking depending on hay quality, without the extra calories of a traditional horse feed. Hi Shanon, We are in desperate need to re-seed our pasture this fall (we live in Illinois), and my husband and I just need to know what kind of seed we can put down so that they are well cared for and fed throughout their lives here on our “farm”. There are a number of different approaches to feeding rescue horses, mules and donkeys. I have two mini donkeys who are both suffering from different ailments. I'd estimate he could stand to put about 200 lbs back on. There are eight different types of domesticated asses, according to the Oklahoma State University. Corn, however, is also the highest starch grain at about 66+% starch and needs to be added to the diet with caution. Do all the animal have salt available free choice? Thank you. I was told by our farrier that coastal hay is too fine and will ball up inside them causing them to colic. Called vet who said take away all grain. Selenium would be a possible nutrient to keep an eye on, and also some goat minerals can be medicated, which you would not want to feed to a donkey. Then the natural few mouthfuls that are excess calories, get to go to weight. (doesn’t seem to overeat.) I have a 2 and a half month old baby donkey that the mother would not take care of . I’m feeding her Timothy with the cows and secluding her so she can eat by herself during the day so they don’t bully her away from the food. A miniature donkey is registered through the American Donkey and Mule Society (ADMS). For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. He has been dewormed and the vet recommended giving him a supplemental feed to put some condition on him before winter. Thank you for any help! Yes, if you have the ability to separate him, then do so. A fat donkey will develop a "roll"; on the neck, pones of fat on the barrel and over the hips that are quite unsightly. Donkeys (descendants of the wild ass)  originated as desert animals and are adapted to foraging on coarse plants and grasses. Hi Debi, But she had been pooping prior. I have 2 donkeys that usually just graze. I would try to avoid both really fine stem forage and really coarse stem forage and would introduce gradually. The donkey was always in and out of a pasture and when in a barn he was standing in feces and urine. My advise would be work it and give it lots of the normal fare. I trust you had the donkey checked for parasites and have had recommended vaccinations. I have a Jack and a Jenny and was just told that they can not eat hay I have been desperately trying to get my miniature donkey, Lucky, to drop some lbs. Adding a dumbbell to traditional donkey kicks pushes this exercise into overdrive. DO keep (if you are gonna constant feed it) ITS feed bucket isolated from the horses! Thanks for the question! All has to be done very gradually so you do not startle or hurt the animal. Once they start getting fat, it's impossible to go back the other way. The Mother is in her mid 20’s. Hi Genia, Thanks for your question, and for rescuing those donkeys! coffee can full per feeding, preferably 1/2 a coffee can full. You can use good quality forage or pasture and you can feed controlled starch and sugar products designed for horses and select a product based on the age of your donkey. We have horses and feed them strategy,alfalfa,& rice bran with Bermuda hay. I am curious about adding corn chops or cracked corn to diet in the winter. we have been facing problems with our donkeys especially the foals. And is it okay if he’s with horses? He gets timothy hay or orchard mix right now am wondering if Fescue grass or Bemuda would be better for him and also Feeding miniature horse feed from Purina he Hee haws constantly for a little feed. I just set up an electric invisible dog fence across my horses’ open stalls and adorned the donks with the associated shock collars. Donkeys can also be territorial when eating, so you may want to make certain that the dogs or goats do not disturb the donkey when it is being fed until it has been habituated a bit more. Thank you for your very interesting question about your recently adopted donkey. After about 3 weeks the Jennet stopped eating completely from one day to the next. I would not be surprised if your mule is lonesome as mules are social animals. What do you suggest as a feed program to restore her weight? Regards So please keep your donkeys from eating red maple leaves on the ground. Hi Tracy, Thanks for the question! Even if it’s just 15-20 minutes a day or every other day, it’ll help. If you would like to offer them anything else, we would suggest a ration balancer, such as our Empower Topline Balance. Both donkey’s are used to eating their fill of grass and are not happy to be restricted. About the biting, that’s a tough one to answer without a full history. We would suggest introducing them slowly, for short periods of time to start, gradually allowing them to graze for longer and longer periods. In Nutrena, I would use either SafeChoice Original if it is a mature donkey, SafeChoice Mare & Foal if it is a young growing donkey, Senior if it is an old donkey or equivalent products. I mean really bad. Wild donkeys typically grow to around 49 inches (125 centimeters) from hoof to shoulder and weight around 551 lbs. Thank you ~ Gina T. I’m trying to decide if I want to take on 2 donkeys from a friend. You will likely feed at the lower end of the feeding rate listed on the bag. On the fourth day walking he stopped and pooped a bright fresh looking small pike. So what do we want? Thank you. A donkey could serve as a good companion for Leo. I raise goats and just got a small standard Jenny. Bought her as a livestock guardian to a very small herd of goats and as a pet. The Foals First Starter and Creep Pellet can be fed until 4 mos (120 days), then swap to an appropriate weanling feed (e.g. If you want it to gain weight; love and WORK it and give it all it wants to eat without overthinking it like we have to do with horses. While an average horse will need 1.8 - 2% of body weight in feed, a thinner horse may need 2.3 - 2.5% of its body weight. Can I also give him worming paste like I give the horses? We find that it gets the youngsters off to a good nutritional start. Different people, different advice, but I'd look into slow buildup over months, not weeks. Well formulated Senior Horse feeds are quite good for helping donkeys and horses regain both body condition and muscle mass as they are generally high in digestible fiber, relatively low in starch and sugar and fortified with amino acids, trace minerals and vitamins. I don't want him to get laminitis, but restricting his grazing isn't an option with all of the goats. However, I’ve seen many including my own do fine on grassy pastures. We have just rescued a family of Donkeys, these donkeys have not had much to eat over the entire winter the Jenny is very bony and has a baby, the baby is no longer nursing on her but I have concerns with her being so skinny, I was told by the feed store to feed them some horse and mule feed, I give them roughly about 6 cups a day, along with coastal hay, and a little alfalfa, they have grass to eat on where we have their house and pen, but I was wondering if there was anything else I could do to help the Jenny out, the baby and the jack seem to be doing pretty good they look a lot healthier than her. Fattening up a mule is just plain hard to do regardless. Work it more and it will eat more. average donkey of approximately 11 hands high or 160 kg can carry up to 50kg (8 stone) on its back or can pull up to twice its bodyweight on level ground. 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