Donkeys are really unique, they are not horses with long ears. Donkeys require a special diet of tested low sugar/low protein hay. Donkeys get sick when fed oats, green grass, brush, cookies, and high sugar grain and alfalfa. Best to keep them on a really basic diet, with clean water, salt and test low sugar hay, timothy or orchard works the best. Donkeys come from the desert, they require some old stumps to eat along with a dry paddock as this works best to keep them at their optimum weight and health. Donkeys were created by GOD to live in the desert on not much at all and they can gain weight really quick causing hoof problems, fat neck, laminitis, abscesses and a slow death. We will be growing 10 acres of low sugar orchard hay on our new twenty acre farm in Sequim, Washington. Domesticated donkeys can live forty to fifty years while horses can live to be in their thirties. “I highly recommend placing all of your animals in your will so if trauma hits your beloved animals will be taken care of.”
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
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