Donkeys utilize what they eat extremely well and as you know alfalfa is very rich.
I took in two rescue donks this past January and they have been surviving very well on first cut grass hay and a mineral block. No feed what-so-ever and they are chubby bunnies!
Hoof trims may be of concern for you because they are a little different than horses, but it is something you would be able to learn easy enough. Their hooves don’t generally grow quite as fast either.
Something else to know (according to my vet anyway) is that when it comes to meds, besides dewormers, it isn’t quite as easy as “Oh, just give half of … (whatever) “ again because of the slight metabolism difference.
They think entirely
different than horses…
It might come across as stubborn, but in fact they are quite smart and are not easily convinced that you know more than they do.
(Hmmm… sounds like someone on HF I know....
There have been some pretty good threads over the last 6 or 7months all about donkeys that will come up in a search and here are the links I like to give- http://donkeyrescue.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1003 http://calkinsart.net/donkeyinfo/index.html http://www.donkeyforum.proboards.com/
I don’t mean to sound negative about them… I just adore my Chico and Rosie and plan to keep them permenently. But, they are far different than my fat yellow Digby for sure!