Donkeys are among the easiest animals to take care of thus more and more people are raising donkeys. If you have donkeys at home, here are easy to follow strategies in taking care of donkeys:
- Charity begins at home. The first thing to consider is the home of the donkey. You have to make sure that the donkey is comfortable in his home. Remember that donkeys thrive in places with warmer weather, hence donkeys normally prefer warmer climates. Keep in mind that donkeys hate rain as well as wind. In contrast with horses, rain is absorbed by the donkey's coat, thus making existence and survival difficult for donkeys who are caught in cold Spring or Autumn rains. You do not need a detailed plan for your donkey's home. Just make sure that the home has enough space and shelter for the donkey. Also, the donkey's home should contain two or more donkeys because these animals prefer companionship.
- Protect the donkey from harm. The best way to protect the animal is through adequate fencing. Dogs and wolves are the most common enemies of donkeys, thus fencing for donkeys should be built solidly, with secured concrete barriers. The safety of the donkey is also determined by the cleanliness of his feeding area. Make sure that the feeding area is free from water and food contamination. Make sure that before a donkey eats his meal, you have already cleaned the food buckets. Daily cleaning of these buckets is recommended.
- Feeding your donkey. Just like any other animal, donkeys need proper and sufficient nutrition and hydration. Make sure that you provide an ample supply of food and water for your donkey. As the caretaker of the donkeys, you should also consider the accessibility of the food and water. Do not forget that donkeys, unlike other animals, prefer clean water to drink. They have been known to make themselves sick rather than drink dirty water. Take care that the water you are offering your donkey is clean or else the donkey will suffer and might die. During the winter, you also have to make sure that the donkey is still properly hydrated because donkeys do not want ice on water or freezing water. Food of the donkey is very affordable: they love grass. Donkeys love grazing and eating grass; however, make sure that your donkey does not eat too much because he will weigh more than normal and that is not good for his health. Fresh and high quality grass is enough for the survival of donkeys. Hay can also help your donkey maintain dental hygiene. During winter when the grass is frozen, you may give carrots to your donkey. A list of other supplementary food for donkeys could be obtained from your local veterinarians or from the internet.
Listed above are the simplest strategies to help a donkey survive. Take care of your donkey and enjoy the companionship he brings.