how to put weight on a donkey

While not designed for equids, there should not be any ingredients in the dog food that would be detrimental. Maybe he knows! Nutrena SafeChoice Mare and Foal or Progressive ProAdvantage Grass or Premium Growth/Envision Classic if extra calories are still needed). Hi I’ve recently adopted donkey I do not have much experience with them he is friendly to humans and even lets my children’s ride on his back but he has a serious problem chasing my dogs and has even killed one of my goats is there anything I can do to help his behavior he is skittish if you raise your hands or move in a very fast motion anything you can do to help me with this would be appreciated. Also, make sure he’s receiving a good vitamin/mineral supplement – his intake levels need to be balanced for overall health, and that may help his system normalize as well. Another option to help limit his calorie intake might be a grazing muzzle. She eats the grass, but not non stop like the goats. Thanks. Would a donkey be a good choice as a companion animal, as I can not at the moment take on another horse for him. Maybe a few bites more w/ personality; but keep in mind - a mule won't founder (again w/ the always and never thing). If a donkey is mature and has gained a large amount of weight in a short time, it’s critical to ensure that you aren’t overfeeding them, especially with alfalfa, treats, and snacks. Is any of that okay feeding him? Can he also share the same mineral block that the cows will use? This donkey needed his hooves trimmed and being new to the area we had a hard time finding someone. 1. He is so fat on his neck and side pads. Congrats on the new donkey! Example Diets Example 1. Here is a great article that answers several questions about muzzle use: Our store stopped getting sweet 10 and we had to go to sweet 12. One is a yearling with no known issues other than being like a dog. Thank you. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, Tenth Edition, no other species toxicity has been reported. Then put him on good quality grass hay (not alfalfa) and a 10-12% pelleted non-sweet feed (2-3 cups a day). In regards to the pasture & hay question – when in doubt, put it out! When he arrived he was quite thin. She has a salt block and mineral block available at all times. I would recommend checking the following: Donkeys are in general a bit more efficient at forage utilization that horses as they evolved on lower quality diets. The protein difference between Sweet 10 and Sweet 12 would not be detrimental to the health of miniature donkeys. To correctly care for your donkey, remember that it is not just a “horse with longer ears”. I currently have a mare that needs the company. She is too thin. If there does not seem to be any hostile reaction, you could then consider putting them together. Hi Lauren, So we’re planning on going out there in the next couple of days to try and catch him. 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. We have them in an area (with a goat) where there is little to no grass and are feeding them barley hay. Any suggestions? And is it okay if he’s with horses? Hi Alayna, (I did have to find some longer straps as dogs have smaller necks.) Hello, I’ve got a little mini jack that is looking quite thin. The behavior you describe as being skittish about sudden movements or movements above the donkey’s head is also normal behavior. Is the over abundance of grass something I should be concerned about? Hello need some answers a couple of months ago I purchased an older donkey *Jenny. He needs his feet trimmed. You can start at the low end of the feeding chart based on weight and gradually increase. A miniature donkey is registered through the American Donkey and Mule Society (ADMS). If the forage is very low protein, may consider a ration balancer. Ability to digest forages may be impacted by the gut microflora that have developed in an individual. Sorry to hear Leo has been experiencing some loneliness with your new move. We bought a round bale of coastal hay, but aren’t sure how much to feed them. Is it ok for him to eat it every day along with his usual grazing and hay portions? In her previous home she was fed alongside great danes the owners bred and she was also fed dog food along with coastal hay. I would not recommend over about 2 pounds of corn gradually added to the diet and would split that up into two feedings along with other feed. Hope that this is helpful! The cecum in a young donkey, like a young horse, is not fully functional and cannot adequately digest this type of forage. Think of it like this: What kind of weight do you want? Resources and insights for happy, healthy horses. If the teeth are OK, can use either a good quality grass forage (coastal, timothy, brome, Tifton etc.) Make sure they have access to free choice water, salt, and minerals. 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. For the Jenny, she very simply needs a lot more calories to get her back up to condition. They typically weigh from 400 to 500 lbs. Hello Katie, Thanks for the question, and thank you for trying to help the donkey! I have miniature horses and he is by himself alongside them. If the donkey or mule is overweight, then this amount should be decreased to 1.2% of body weight. Domesticated donkeys vary in size, depending on how they are bred. He is on pasture with my horse and I’m trying to figure out if I should separate him and put him in a smaller area to put him on a diet but not sure what to do to get that weight down. Best of luck! We’ve read conflicting reports and have gotten ourselves pretty confused! Sarah. it can put its full weight into work; • not cause discomfort or injury to the donkey. Hello, I don’t much experience with donkeys, but I have heard that they are prone to founder, so I don’t want to overfeed them. We have had success using SafeChoice Senior for this purpose. All changes need to be gradual. In the equine world we certainly do see variation. "Fattening up" mules and that terribly difficult task has been a universal complaint/ matter of discussion among the show mule community for a LONG time. Goats are herbivores and tend to have herd tendencies, although they can be escape artists and eat unusual things, so something to consider there. Donkeys, in general, are more efficient than horses and require less intake to maintain or gain weight, so I would recommend starting at the low end of feeding rates. Not sure when it stopped. Interesting question. Hi Fiona, Make certain your donkey has loose salt available free choice along with fresh clean water. What would you suggest? He loves being right with my horse . Unfortunately, access to a livestock scale is limited to most horse owners. Both girls were under weight when we got them and do look better now. Donkeys evolved in fairly harsh environments where food was not always available and are fortunately a bit less prone to digestive disturbances than horses. Any info or advice would greatly be appreciate. However, I’ve seen many including my own do fine on grassy pastures. Hi Abel, We use to feed our miniature donkeys with a scoop of sweet 10. Thanks! He used live in a barn with other horses but with the move I decided to keep him at my home as it has an acre of land. We will eat a little more calories than we burned, though. He will eat HIS fill, go on a walk and all his food will be gone and it won't be hard to tell who the culprit is! As always, you want to introduce the products gradually, feed at least 2X per day and make sure that clean fresh water and salt are available. Raising an orphan foal can present multiple challenges. Hello Cassandra, Thanks for the question. My feed store suggested I add feed that is high in protein also. Another great resource is the Donkey Sanctuary. Think about the height of the feeder, or even something with a lip that the horse can get their head over to eat but the donkey can’t. He is the second donkey I've owned and I'm still sort of a novice where they're concerned. Corn, however, is also the highest starch grain at about 66+% starch and needs to be added to the diet with caution. One girl est 15 to 18 yrs old, her daughter probably 8 yrs old. He is a beautiful pyrenean jack donkey who is not at aggressive but he hasn’t been handled at all. There’s plenty of browsing. Thank you for any help! please what are the causes of foal mortality and how can we manage our donkeys including the foals? Thanks for the question! BTW!! Hi Elaine – Thanks for the question! Is a goat mineral block safe for a donkey? I have grieved these two beyond words. Is this correct? Thank you. Good grass hay and pasture is usually all a donkey needs. You should feed the balancer product based on feeding directions, so you will need to estimate the desired weight of your donkey. If you want a mule to gain weight - you have to work it so it's body is hungry. The donkey has only been in his current home for 4 months. If you buy a horse from the Marketplace you can of course ride a horse from the start. Now he lives in about an acre pasture with our two goats. One has skin issues and is definitely overweight. Coffin bones are a mess on the x-rays. First, we suggest continuing to work with a vet. Working, lactating or growing animals might need additional concentrate. Some donkeys will dominate grown horses. But with horses we can usually apply certain rules for feeding across a large variety of breeds with minimal adjustments. I am nervous about how I am going to put the Jenny with my mare and having the still nursing baby with them both. For a 180kg, or around 10hh donkey, this equates to 2-3kg dry matter per day. requirements, but they will give you endless enjoyment if you manage them properly. I did put on gloves and lube him and carefully removed 3 dung pellets that he pushed toward my hand. Hi Alana, You may find that once the mammoth donkeys are back at desired weight, they maintain fairly well. Hello, Thanks for the question. Interesting question, thanks for reaching out! I have read reports that if body condition score is higher than mid-range, they are somewhat prone to fatty lipoma problems. If there are dental issues, many rescue operations use a Senior Horse Feed (such as SafeChoice Senior or comparable products) as it can be made into a mash. Congratulations on rescuing this family of donkeys. He’s lucky to have you! My mare had a foal on Monday and passed away, I have to raise the foal, I’ve phoned a sancuary and the lady advised me to give my newborn donkey any sheep milk replacement, so I did, but since yesturday, she is having diarrhea. I found this out the hard way. I trust you had the donkey checked for parasites and have had recommended vaccinations. Hi Randy, Donkeys are generally more efficient that horses and generally require less intake to maintain or gain weight, so I would recommend starting at the low end of feeding rates. Effective Donkey Weight Loss Locking them up in a relatively grass-free yard 22 hours a day and letting them graze 2 hours seemed to help shift weight steadily, but meant hand-feeding the non-overweight donkey separately, and lots of boredom for the animals. You might try a different feed just to give the donkey a different taste/feel. Thank you for your interesting question about feeding your 2 rescue mammoth donkeys. Horses are herd animals and establish the herd order fairly quickly and the ease of introduction may depend on the individuals. Thank you. Hi! Is it okay to feed it to him regularly? we have been facing problems with our donkeys especially the foals. There are a number of different approaches to feeding rescue horses, mules and donkeys. Thank you ~ Gina T. I have a question about Donkeys. You did not indicate if the donkey is a jack or a jenny. 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. I took in a donkey about a week ago. For catching him, you will need to use your best judgement on that, but please stay safe! He would not eat or poop. Using our weight chart, you can estimate your donkey’s weight simply by plotting their measurements on the graph. May want to consider offering a mineral as well. My advise would be work it and give it lots of the normal fare. Our concern is to avoid founder, or some other problem, with too much hay, but feed her enough to restore her weight and get her bones covered. @colorquest a skinny mule needs calories. In severe obesity cases, and with the guidance of a veterinarian or nutritionist, this can be reduced to 1% of body weight. If you can’t separate him, then try a grazing muzzle to limit his access to pasture. It is important that you base the feeding rate on target weight, not current weight, so that you are feeding for weight gain. 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. Then, also be closely monitoring their body condition over time, and you can adjust time on pasture, or utilize a grazing muzzle, if needed. But I am not sure what to feed him, currently he is getting horse feed pellet’s, sure I be giving him rolled oats or some gains? Your donkey would be able to eat barley pellets, but that might not be the best recommendation. I was told by the vet to never grain her, only round bales of hay. This past few days we heard that the owner left the donkey there and he needs a home! You might want to make certain that you are not feeding more than 0.5% of BW in grain at one meal as well. Does anyone have experience or advice about this. Multi-species products work OK, but this product has produced very good results. What to start a 4 month Minnie donkey on. It is important to monitor body condition as it is easy for donkeys to get overweight. You could also use a higher quality hay such as an alfalfa grass mixture or straight alfalfa and feed it with a product that is designed for young growing animal. The behavior you describe is consistent with an animal that is comfortable with people to the point of perhaps behaving as if it needs to protect the people from the other animals. She seems bony at her hind quarters and can see the outline of her ribs, we give her 2 flicks of hay twice a day with a scoop of sweet feed only at night! or a legume such as alfalfa. The Mother is in her mid 20’s. We are very new to taking care of anything larger than a dog but we are sure looking forward to it. 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. We recently inherited a donkey. Trying to stock up for winter. There are a number of other considerations you must take into account. And I’ve given him about a half a container a couple times and he’s fine. I have recently been given a Jenny and her 4 month old baby. Wed fine Thursday respiration waa high. Hi He was abandoned in a pasture and the people we are getting him from have been nursing him back to health as he was underweight and full of open sores. I continued the same but instead of round bale each animal got 2 slices of a square bale. 0 = Thin / starving 3 = Good 5 = Obese If the donkey is thinner than 3 or fatter than a bcs of 3, then average the weight of either the lower or higher weight dependent on the bcs. At some point she will probably have to be put down.,, Progressive Nutrition Foals First Starter and Creep,,,, Can I also give him worming paste like I give the horses? Donkeys are loyal and loving creatures. About 7 months back, we adopted a rescue donkey. I do have an ornamental flowering cherry tree outside the pasture but potentially reachable. 3. We feed Omaline 200 to our show donkeys, our weanlings, and any donkey in need of weight gain. Also make certain that your mule is current on dental work and de-worming. (at least for a few day while we find out what best to feed) amount of feed? 1. What a great story about your pyrenean jack donkey! We also have a feild with some grass. He has been recently acting depressed from lack of buddies, I take him to my work (a barn down the street) and turn him out with other horses. Last fall I had to put my beloved buckskin to sleep so I got a Boer goat that is female and seven months old to keep my mini donkey company. For donkeys over the age of two, their weight can be estimated using height and girth measurements. She’s not due until December but I’d like to get her filled out a little bit more since her hips are showing. The sick (over ate) horse!! When determining how much weight a donkey can carry, the animal’s weight is only one factor. Donkeys, like horses, tend to be creatures of flight that might run from sudden movement or movement above eye level as that is movement that would be consistent with a predator such as a cougar. My standard donkey gets 1/2 cup of ration balancer to maintain. Bought her as a livestock guardian to a very small herd of goats and as a pet. Donkeys are unique in their nutritional and. Roy, I have a 10 year old miniature donkey how long will a 5×5 round bale last a month? (250 kilograms). Donkeys are typically more efficient digesters, and thus easier to put weight on than horses. She has some serious arthritis foot problems with what looks like mechanical damage to the hooves, however that occurred. As always, you want to introduce the products gradually, feed at least 2X per day and make sure that clean fresh water and salt are available. Hi Kellie, Senior feeds also work quite well. It sounds like you are right on track with the care for donkeys! I would try to avoid both really fine stem forage and really coarse stem forage and would introduce gradually. Please note, if they are rescue donkeys who are underweight, they’ll probably need more than hay and a simple supplement to get back into condition. Donkeys are typically more efficient digesters, and thus easier to put weight on than horses. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer. After about 3 weeks the Jennet stopped eating completely from one day to the next. 2. He was extremely obese, as a result of a very confined pen & access to hay 24/7. The hay we will feed her is Timothy grown at 7,500 ft altitude. With the halter in your left hand bring it close to the donkey’s head, from under his head rather than from up high or out in front of him. We noticed that the Donkeys hoof wall is deteriorating. For instance, a donkey 104 cm tall, with a heart girth of 122 cm, should weigh 181 kg. she yells all the time and chews on trees. Mule's not like a horse in that respect. His mother on the other hand has some serious issues. Although rather slow, the donkey is your first introduction to the training life skill and will help you level to Beginner: 5 so you can unlock the capture rope to tame your first horse. Perhaps more interesting is why the dog food is attractive. Any help is appreciated! You might consider feeding more hay, pretty much free choice and using a ration balancer product instead of the sweet feed. If you can weigh the feed in the amount you give, that would be ideal – then compare that to the directions on the tag/bag, and adjust accordingly. I have been reading and researching what to feed her but think I should be giving her some supplements to get her to at least normal weight. You can also adjust feeding rate to produce desired rate of gain. Thanks for reaching out, 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. You goal is to improve the quality of the nutrition program, not increase the quantity. We would recommend starting with the 16% complete ration for horses. Front fore is not good and i want to geld him, worm and innoculate him. Sorry to hear about this problem you are having with your donkeys. Thank you. I mean really bad. We just lost her companion a couple months ago due to colic. Thanks for your time and help. For feed, to get the proper nutrition in to them without increasing the calories significantly, we’d suggest a ration balancer. We don’t feel like we are over feeding but there is obviously something going on. Have you consulted a veterinarian with regards to foal mortality? 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. 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”. My neighbor owns a donkey. About the biting, that’s a tough one to answer without a full history. Good luck ~ Gayle R. Hi, 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. Remember; a mule will not overeat and founder. You can't (again w/ the always and never thing) over feed a mule and if you have a skinny one? coffee can full per feeding, preferably 1/2 a coffee can full. If you are not getting another mule, you might consider another companion animal such as a goat or animal that fits your situation. Hello Franci, Thanks for the question. Best of luck! You’ll want to restrict their hay to 1.5 – 2.0% of their body weight per day. I had the same problem with my two mini donks and one of my two Morgan mares who let the donks eat some of her share of the feed. JavaScript is disabled. Best of luck, Since doing that we lost 2 donkeys. Overweight and obese donkeys are vulnerable to serious health problems such as laminitis, founder, joint problems, liver disease and metabolic disorders. I had a vet come out to check the donkey over and she said he looks to be in good condition, although he does have some fat along his neck, and approx. Hi Martha, Here are some good tips to follow when feeding donkeys: I have had donkeys for the last 15 years finding it a real challenge to keep them fit. We don't recommend putting weight onto a longear quickly. The Holstein has a male donkey friend that we are also adopting, simply because they are attached to one another. Should I give her oats or a senior feed? Nostrils flaring. Hi Karlie, The tendency is to underestimate how much feed it takes to restore weight after it is lost due to neglect. Free-choice barley straw (2-3kg per day) UK: 150g TopSpec Donkey Forage Balancer per day, fed on its own or mixed with a handful of TopSpec TopChop Zero. 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