All Creatures Small Farm
Feeding and Care
Miniature donkeys are very easy to raise. They really are user friendly! Your first care question might be," What do they eat and how much do they eat?" Miniature Donkeys are grazers. So, they will be eating your pasture grass. Coastal Bermuda seems to be the best , but there are many other native grasses in your area of the country ,that will be a good food supply. Get in touch with your county extension agent about the native grass on your land or in your area. If you have a college in your area call the agricultural department. Many times they are looking for a farm to bring a class out to . They can tell you all about what is growing in your pasture.
So---"How much hay do you feed?" This can vary, but if you are feeding small square bales a bale will normally be around 50 lbs. When you cut the string or wire the bale of hay will naturally fall into sections, which you will hear people refer to as a flake or a wedge. Recently, it was refered to as a taco. One healthy size wedge will be plenty of hay for one miniature donkey for a day. As long as you have some natural grazing.
Over feeding treats is where most people get their little donkeys too fat. Could you be a over treat feeder? Well look around you..... Are all your pets over weight? Could your ranch be called Fat Dog Ranch. If you think you fall into that category limit the amount of horse and mule feed you give as treat and be sure it is a lower protein mix---10 % to 12%. If you cannot find that low of protein do not to feed over 14%. ( If your Jenny (Mom) is nursing and needs to make more milk, you can feed her a higher protein treat. Many times this helps her.)
Also.... always have a good soft mineral block out for your little minis and a salt block too. Whether you are bonding with your mini donkey to make him part of your family or if you are going to put him up for sale take time each day to call him by his name . ...pet him and even teach him tricks. You will really have a friend and good companion for life.
All Creatures small Farm is close to you.
Stephenville , Texas where our mini donkey farm is located , is a short drive from cities like Weatherford, Granbury, Mineral Wells, Glen Rose, Cleburne, Brownwood , and Hico. Our miniature donkey farm is about an hour to an hour and a half South West of Ft. Worth and Dallas.
Waco is about an hour and a half drive South East of our mini donkey farm. Abilene is two hours West ....Austin is two and a half hours South of Stephenville... San Antonio is three hours South of our mini farm. ...Houston is five hours South East. Odessa Midland about 3 and a half hours West of our miniature donkey farm ...El Paso is West from our miniature donkey farm.
Every year a number of interesting folks from our neighbor states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana La., make a day trip or a fun weekend to visit our mini donkey farm. We are lucky to have the Dallas Ft Worth airport only an hour and a half away. The airport connects our mini donkey farm with almost anyone who would want to visit. ( Los Angles ,LAX is about a 3 hour flight...Boston , Logan is about a four hour flight......and so on.)
If you don't actually have the time to visit our miniature donkey farm....let us send you photos and information about the mini donkeys we have for sale. Over the years we have used a number of shippers , who will carefully transport your miniature donkey from our front door to yours. If you want mini donkeys, we can find a good way to get them to you.
We have a number of mini donkey photos and helpful information on the following pages. We hope you enjoy looking. Talk to you later.
Miniature Donkeys for Sale
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Miniature Donkeys for Sale History of the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Feeding and Care
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