Ensure a constant supply of clean, fresh water.
Donkeys do not like dirty water. Check and clean your troughs regularly.
Donkeys require yearly vaccinations and regular deworming. They also need their hooves trimmed regularly. You will need at least one to two acres of land to provide adequate room for exercise and sufficient food. You can fit several donkeys in one acre, however, it won't be enough room for grazing. Rotation of paddocks is recommended to assist in the control of internal parasites, and additional food may need to be given Donkeys also need a shelter or a lean-to.
Accessability to a health treatment / vet when and if required. All our donkeys have a regular yearly vet check. They are given their Tetanus and Strangles vaccinations. Our vet assesses and treats the donkey's dental requirements, checks their general health, eyes, ears, and nose, and general well being,.
Regular treatment for internal parasites by use of an equine worming drench every 8-12 weeks. External parasites are identified by visual check when brushing and treated by use of appropriate medication.
Daily cleaning of hoofs, removal of dirt, faeces, and stones.
Regular care and trimming of hoofs usually on an 8-12 weekly basis by farrier or owner. The number of trims a year will differ depending on the donkey and your type of ground.
Donkeys will need a lean-to or a shelter with a roof and at least three sides to protect them from wind and rain and to give them shade. The shelter needs to be roomy enough so they'll be comfortable and not crowded.
Although stables are wonderful, less exotic paddock 3 sided shelters are all that is required as a minimum. Some kind of holding yards are essential for controlling donkeys for vet visits and mating
To keep your donkey in and to protect him/her from predators such as dogs, or from attempts to push through the fence, ensure solid, secure fencing around the area you have set aside for your donkey.
A donkey that puts on weight rarely loses those extra pounds so be careful with the treats. Carrots are ideal as are vegetable scraps (exclusive of green potatoes).
Check with your vet about dietary supplements. These may be recommended depending on the soil type, of your particular region.
All our donkeys have mineral blocks in their food troughs. ENSURE YOU ALWAYS BUY A MINERAL BLOCK/LICK SUITABLE FOR EQUINES. Cattle blocks are not suitable as they contain Urea which can be lethal to donkeys.
To avoid possible contamination or worm problems, always keep a donkey’s feed area clean. Remove mud, wash food buckets daily and keep hay off the floor.
Adequate food, both quality and quantity. The best donkey food is natural. Donkeys love to eat and will graze or browse all day but be careful of letting them eat too much as they have a tendency to put on weight easily.