How much hay stretchers for a mini donk?

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    02-10-2013, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
How much hay stretchers for a mini donk?

Lately I've been putting out extra piles of hay as I've noticed that I think my mini donk has been loosing some weight. He's 4 and a companion to my horses. Today I started him on hay stretchers but am not sure on exactly how much to give? I was thinking a pound?
Thanks :)

ETA- his teeth are fine as well.
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    02-11-2013, 08:15 AM
Green Broke
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    02-11-2013, 08:27 AM
Do you mean cubes? I have no idea, I've always fed hay....
    02-11-2013, 08:58 AM
Green Broke
Depends on the brand of hay stretcher. They range in calorie and NSC a great deal. Blue Seal's hay stretcher is nearly as bad as sweet feed as far as carbs go. Poulin has the lowest for one's readily available in New England.

Donkeys are easy keepers. Are the horses running him off his feed?
    02-11-2013, 09:55 AM
Okay ... dumb question time. What are hay stretchers?
    02-11-2013, 10:02 AM
Green Broke
I'm using the blue seal ones. My mare constantly has to eat whatever all the horses are eating. I have two big hay feeders filled with hay but are a tad too tall for the donk to reach. Those get filled up then I put 5/6 piles outside spread out. Of course the horses eat the piles first but my mare is a bit bossy so she always keeps him running Around.

Last week they would let him eat with them but since we've had a huge dumping of snow and cold weather the horses have been acting alittle crazy. Not sure if that has to do with chasing him off but they just started doing this.
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    02-11-2013, 04:34 PM
Not knowing what hay stretchers are but reading SueNH's reply, I'd steer well clear of feeding anything like that to a donk.
    02-15-2013, 08:30 AM
Green Broke
Blue Seals haystretcher has an NSC of 22%.
Poulin's haystretcher has an NSC of 6.9%

Hay stretchers are just a pelleted fiber feed designed to replace half the hay. No added vitamins or minerals. Not balanced. Good for old toothless wonders who have trouble chewing.

I would make the donk a spot where he can slip under a fence and eat unmolested.

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