Do You Have A Fly Problem On Your Farm?


I have been receiving too many e-mails asking me what to do when flys are eating donkeys, face, legs.  I really have had a difficult time understanding why this is happening until I saw the photo below showing a donkey rescued needing immediate medical attention.  The equine that has open sores like the donkey below need immediate medical care most likely antibiotics and it will take a while for him/her to recover. I am not a vet but I am an advocate for the equine (donkeys, mules and horses) this is abuse in my eyes.


Remember you chose the equine they did not choose you.

 “You are the smart human who took the equine in it is your job to take care of the animal and give him/her a great life.”  Shame on people who throw any animal out in a pasture and never ever check on them to make sure they are healthy. This makes me very angry and I have tears for this donkey and all the other animals suffering when this is preventable.” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm.


Did you know animals get allergies? YES!

If your equine is not getting well you must seek medical attention.


How do I stop Flys on the Donkey Whisperer Farm?  

1.  We pick up the poop out of the paddock twice a day and compost it.  My husband takes his tractor and moves it away from the paddock to turn into black gold compost takes about a year in the Pacific Northwest.

2.  We use Fly Predators as they work

3.  Each and every day – twice a day I check my equine over for any outchies and medicate right away and as I have stated over and over again I pick their feet out each day. Training and health are done all in the same step along with lot’s of loving, scratching and telling about my day.

I get e-mails of people putting pants on donkeys, turpentine (never use) and worse – please use common sense.  Pick up the poop each and every day, use a fly mask if needed and medicate when they have sores immediately.  Try my simple two steps above as they work we have no fly problem on the Donkey Whisperer Farm.  Please have empathy; think how you would like to be stuck in a place, hot with flys and poop every where it is horrible.

Picking up the poop and composting stops worms dead in their tracks too 🙂  We take fecal samples to the vet and do not worm unless they need it over worming can cause more problems as the worms become drug resistant and it destroys the immune system.  That’s it, no big deal no more fly problem 🙂

Select What diseases do flys carry?



GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


Help My Donkey Has Not Pooped In Two Days


This is serious business NO POOP can mean colic and colic can mean death.  Call the vet immediately!!!

Donkeys should poop a bunch each and every day our three equine (one horse, one mammoth donkey and one mini donkey poop a full wheel barrow full of poop in 24 hours.

Diet for the Donkey Whisperer Farm Donkeys

Orchard 7% Low Sugar/Protiene Hay

Loose salt  

Exercise as much as possible

Fresh Water each day when dirty and at least every other day – Donkeys will not drink dirty water and can colic


You may also enjoy Thinking About Poop for more information on fecal samples and not over worming your horse, donkey or mule.  

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!


What’s The Difference Between Donkeys and Mules? – Slide Show Hoof Care


Select Natural Equine Hoof Care Slide Show – Enjoy!

Thinking About Poop

Thinking about poop when owning a horse, donkey or mule is a full-time job.  Is the poop firm enough, too firm, or not enough poop?  Poop in the equine world is a big deal 🙂  When I was down from the semi truck accident I was constantly asking my husband How Does The Poop Look?  My poor husband was like “It’s poop Melody, lot’s of poop!  Thank GOD he has learned the importance of learning what each of our equine’s poop should look like or not look like. 🙂  Donkeys are very efficient with their food so if you are new to Donkeys you may be surprised how hard the poop of a donkey is.  On the positive side not much smell from a donkeys poop compared to my horses poop.  Donkeys use every single calorie and save it for a rainy day.

Natural equine ownership is the safest way for us horse, donkey and mule owners to care for our domesticated equine.   Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm our equine poop is picked up twice a day and added to the compost pile, water buckets are cleaned and fresh water is added every other day.   All of our equine are fed out of a plastic slow feeder to prevent colic. Select Plastic Slow Feeder with the hay pillow attached inside.  You can make your own out of wood but donkeys are wood eaters.

Fecal Sampling

I started fecal sampling a few years ago as Over Worming can make our equine worms resistant to wormers just like antibiotics for people.  In addition when we over worm our equine we are destroying the immune system of our beloved equine.  Each farm needs to have a plan to keep the equine as healthy as possible so read, read, read to stay updated on equine ownership. Select Fecal Testing Journal.

Collecting a poop sample is easy; get a plastic zip lock bag, write the name and date, go to the barn pick up two fresh poop balls and place them in the bag.   Make sure to get the fresh poop sample to your vet right away.   When my vet comes to the farm I have three little zip lock bags waiting for him, please remember to ask your vet about hot and cold weather considerations of fecal samples as I am not a vet only sharing what we do to keep our equine healthy.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody Johnson

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

What Age Is My Donkey, Horse, or Mule Full Grown?

rio baby donkey
Mammoth donkeys are full-grown at age six or seven. Rio our mammoth donkey was seven as he grew to be 16’2 hands tall.

Standard or burro size donkeys are full-grown at age four.

Miniature donkeys age three.

Please read what age our equine are fully grown.  Please share information as knowledge is power and for our equine (horse, donkey and mule) this is the difference between optimum health and NOT.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®