I just became the owner of two adorable standard donkeys. I’m so in love with them after just 4 days. I love their personalities and they are so dang cute! I’ve been reading everything I can about them, and have been in contact with a regional donkey rescue for advice on feeding. There seems to be a lot of conflicting information (just like with horses!) but I’d appreciate any positive feedback from COTHERS.
Winston, who is supposedly 28 yo, is very thin and I’m trying to safely put weight on him before winter. I live up in the mountains and it’s already in the 30s at night and I’m in the PNW so we get wet and windy weather. Both donks have access to free choice grass hay in a slow feeder, and a nice 24x12 shelter to get in out of the weather, and plenty of trees. They are sharing a 1/2 acre wooded pasture until the barn is finished and we get our new fencing up. Hopefully my barn will be done soon, and I’ll be able to stall Winston over night if needed. Jeb, the 4 yo spotted donkey, is a little thin, but I’m not really worried about putting weight on him now that he has access to 24/7 hay. He’s pretty beat up with lots of bite marks but nothing time won’t heal.
Yes, Winston will be getting his teeth checked this month, along with a check up, and we’ve started slowly with vet approved de-worming schedule. His previous owner said his teeth were just done in July, but they don’t look very good to me so I’ll have my vet look at them. I’m trying to get his vet records too. Per the donkey rescue, I’ve started him on soaked Safe Choice Senior twice a day with access to grass hay 24/7. They cautioned me not to give alfala, and most grains to donkeys.
I don’t generally blanket my horses because they are young, healthy, and have a lot of different options for shelter (trees, runs, and eventually a covered overhang off of the new barn). I’m wondering if blanketing Winston this year would be a good idea, or even just at night while his condition is improving. I know donkeys are hardy and would typically be fine without a blanket but I’m worried about this old guy with how thin he is. I want to make sure he is comfortable and dry this winter. His coat is very thin and sparse compared to his companion’s.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a blanket that would fit a donkey? I’m still getting used to their uniquely shaped topline. I haven’t measured him for a blanket yet, but he’s pretty long and not very tall (maybe around 50 inches? I’ll measure him before I order).