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post #1 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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New weanling donkey

hi there! I am completely new to donkeys. My husband bought a just weaned jack for $25. And when I mean just weaned I mean he was weaned when put on the trailer yesterday. he was born Sept 3rd, so 6 months old. I feel like he is on the thinner side, but again new to donkeys. We got him to be a sheep herd protector, but also to give the kids something to play with. What would be a good feed for him? do I worry about him being thin and give grain? most everything that I am reading is that they are good on just hay but didn't know with him being young and thin. We will deworm this week also, I would guess that hasn't been done. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 12:28 PM
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I donít know any answers to your questions, I just opened it for the pictures. Where are the pictures? Donít tease. Lol

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post #3 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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lol let me see if I can figure out how to post pictures! I only have one though.
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post #4 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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This is the only picture I have of him for now.
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post #5 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 12:54 PM
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As Knave I came for the pics....he is adorable! I must get one asap! LOL

Sorry, dont know the answers to your questions either but I do know donkeys are quite different from horses....not sure if this site will help but it may....https://donkeywhispererfarm2010.wordpress.com/
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post #6 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 02:34 PM
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Six months old and just weaned plus the stress of a new home sans mom, he may need a little nutritive boost from feed. You're right, they are very easy keepers and have many problems if allowed to become overweight. A quick call to your vet can give you some feed brands and amount local to your area and the type and dose of horse worker (there are many and are used at different times of the year.) Always keep in mind though that equines need copper in their diet, but sheep do not. So for as long as little dude is needing some feed, he'll need to eat by himself, which is a great time for some bonding. Store his food away from the sheep stuff as well.
He will need periodic hoof trimming, again I would consult with your vet, he may be able to wrangle him when the sheep get trimmed. If he were to be more of a pet or cart donkey you would be doing more training, handling and foot care, but for his job and environment you should be fine. Like the sheep, if you notice any limping or other condition changes it's time to get the vet out. They are very hard so as long as he gets a good healthy start you'll have years of long-eared enjoyment.
Personality wise, they tend to be independent so he'll do fine out with the sheep but may end up not being as cuddly as the kids might like. What an adorable face!
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post #7 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 02:35 PM
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Edited: horse wormer (not "worker")
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And now I want a donkey! He’s literally the most adorable thing! We need more pictures! What’s his name?
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post #9 of 34 Old 03-10-2019, 03:05 PM
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Aww very sweet face. Welcome to the forum! Cutie donkey pics make a great first impression ;)
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I currently have a 10 month old Jack and his mom. We rescued the mom 2 years ago out of Texas because someone had set her and a jack loose and they ere eating people's fields. anyway, she had already raised 2 very healthy babies in the wild on her own without any human interference. SO obviously donkeys are very easy keepers. As far as him being too skinny it would really help to see some pics of him so we can really tell. Do be aware that grown jacks are known to be EXTREMELY aggressive, so you'll probably want to have him gelded between 10 months to a year old. my grandparents just had to get rid of a grown jack because he was killing calves and chasing cattle! So just be aware.
As far as hoof trimming, we have NEVER had our donkey's hooves trimmed. They just have never needed it. It really just depends on the donkey and where you live. If you have hard, rocky ground then the hooves will probably be just fine. But if you have soft ground and mud then he'll probably have to be trimmed.

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