To provide the best welfare for your fit, healthy donkeys you need to provide the following:
- Companionship, high fibre diet, 24 hour access to shelter, restricted grazing, training and daily handling, mental stimulation, environmental enrichment, daily grooming and health checks, regular veterinary care, regular feet care, regular dental care, illness prevention measures, daily stable management, pasture management and individual care.
- Young, elderly, or donkeys with veterinary conditions may have additional needs and differing management practices.
The following sources of information will provide you with information on what you need to know about keeping your donkeys fit and well.
Keeping donkeys with other animals
We are often asked about keeping donkeys with other animals. Domesticated donkeys prefer to form pair bonds with other donkeys. Occasionally a donkey will bond with other species, sharing accommodation and living together safely without incident but owners need to be aware that they cannot rely on this. See below for a recently produced fact sheet about keeping donkeys with other animals that has been produced by The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide, based in Devon.
The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide, has published a Donkey Care Handbook and a number of fact sheets. These are aimed at owners of donkeys or those considering getting a donkey and include more detail on various aspects of donkey care and welfare. They provide information on common diseases, management of donkeys at different stages of their lives, dental problems, behaviour including details on mules and hinnies, and poisonous plants to name just a few.
For more details, please visit The Donkey Sanctuary's donkey health and welfare section of their website.
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