What can I feed an old donkey?

What can I feed an old donkey?

What can I feed an old donkey?

To tempt fussy donkeys, carrots, bananas and apples are invaluable; however, donkeys with poor teeth may struggle with them. Grated carrots and apples are ideal, however if this is not practical mashed, tinned carrots may be used or small amounts of unsweetened apple sauce may be helpful.

What should donkeys eat?

Hay and Grass Most of their diet should consist of grass or a mature or low NSC grass hay, but careful attention should be placed on making sure the quality and quantity is not causing them to become too overweight. Remember they are pretty “thrifty.”

Can horses eat bananas?

Bananas: Yes, horses can eat bananas. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. Some owners and riders that compete with their horses are known to feed bananas (with the peel on) to their horses between competitions.

What should you not feed donkeys?

Avoid feeding potatoes, anything from the brassica family, onions, leeks, garlic, stoned fruit and anything which is old, fermented or mouldy as these are toxic to donkeys. Carrots, apples, bananas, pears, turnips and swedes are all safe and usually very popular with donkeys.

Will donkeys eat weeds?

Donkeys eat meadow grasses and "weeds", but they also will eat tree leaves and even tree bark. They also love things like carrots and apples and, as you have learned, your ornamental lawn plants. ... Good luck with the donkeys!

What animal eats donkeys?

What are some predators of Donkeys? Predators of Donkeys include foxes, wolves, and lions.

How do you care for a donkey?

Stable. Donkeys must have a clean, dry barn, or, at the very least, a three-sided shelter. You'll have to remove waste from this area daily. Your donkey will also need access to some sort of pasturage, as they really need space to wander and nibble.

Why do donkeys Hee Haw?

The main reasons donkeys bray are to communicate with other donkeys, to show affection and to call for food. Sometimes they may bray when experiencing distress or discomfort too. They have also been known to do it to warn others of danger.

What can I Feed my donkey without teeth?

If you have an older donkey without many teeth, you can grate or mash apple or carrot and feed it as a treat or mix it in with their daily mulch. It’s not advisable to hand feed foals as this can encourage biting and, in any case, they really don’t need treats. Never give too much in one go as this can cause colic.

How old is the average age of a donkey?

Many donkeys live until 30 years and beyond. Get up to speed on your ageing donkey's dietary needs and health issues. Many donkeys live until 30 years and the accepted classification for a ‘geriatric’ donkey is one that is over 20 years old.

Is it OK to feed a donkey fresh cut hay?

This ‘second cut’ hay is usually lower in energy value and again is fine for most donkeys. Freshly cut hay should be stored in a dry barn for at least three months before feeding. Do not suddenly introduce freshly cut hay to the donkey’s diet as it could cause colic or laminitis.

Is it bad to have a donkey as a pet?

Depicted as stubborn cantankerous beasts of burden throughout history, donkeys have a bad reputation for being strong-headed. The fact that they are gentle farm animals is often brushed under the carpet. Donkeys are not demanding at all, they would not ask for treats and other things, just love and care.


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