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How much does it cost to keep your mini donkey?

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  • How much does it cost to keep your mini donkey?

    Per month? Assuming it gets hay, pasture, grain if needed, trims, shots, worming, etc.

    I'm trying to decide if I should get one. Do you have to keep it off good pasture when it comes in?

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    Next to nothing. Seriously.

    My guy is coming 3, this July. He's a jack (ungelded). I've never had any problems with him gaining too much weight, so I don't keep him off pasture, although ours isn't lush.

    Here's what I do:
    1/4 quart grain 2x day (sounds like a ton, but works for him)
    3 flakes of hay a day (less if good pasture is available)
    Deworming every 8-12 weeks - a tube lasts us 3 or 4 doses, depending on original size
    Trimming - he's an active bugger - I only have to touch up his balance 3 times a year or so.
    Shots - our vet (who has donkeys) recommended vaccinating only for rabies and tetanus. Said they are disease resistant little buggers. Not sure how much I buy that, so I vacc. for the same as I do the horses. Works out to be 70 bucks a year.

    Hope that helps!

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    • #3
      Wow! mini donkeys! I never heard of those-how big are they?

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      • #4
        Next to nothing! I don't know what kind of vaccs he gets, but he just eats off the round bale that is out for the horses so he is very minimal to feed. One of the best companions for the horses, much better then the goats.

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        • #5
          My mini-donk Francesca:

          Trim every other horse trim (around every 10-12 weeks): $25 per trim (same as horses)

          Vax: same cost as horses as dose is the same (we do flu/rhino/EWT/WNV/rabies)

          Deworming: MUCH less expensive but she is done on same schedule and with same products as horses, including yearly power pack

          Feed: grass and high quality roundbale (she only weighs 300# so estimate consumption at 5-6# per day), free choice minerals - no grain. Peppermint horse cookies are probably the most expensive things she eats

          I have a grazing muzzle for her but tend not to use it.
          Liz
          Ainninn House Stud
          Irish Draughts and Connemaras
          Co. Westmeath, Ireland

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          • #6
            Mine is a mini-mule, but I think her costs are similar to those for a mini-donk. She's out with my retired horse, so she pretty much eats whatever hay he allows her to steal, and she gets 1/2 oz (seriously) of oats am and pm just so she thinks she gets "something" while the horses eat their grain. So I'd put her feed cost at pennies per day. Worming is a little cheaper since she weighs only about 500 lbs. (so one tube will do one horse, but two minis!). She does cost the same to trim as a horse ($40 every 6 or 7 weeks), but I actually consider it harder to do as the farrier has to get down on his knees to do it and she's not the most cooperative all the time.
            Mine has foundered in the past, so I do have to keep her off the grass and watch what she is fed. I have a grazing muzzle for her, but have yet to use it -- it has been easier to just confine her to a dry lot when needed as my retired horse (which she shares turnout with) is also prone to founder, so they both need similar limits.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tkhawk View Post
              Wow! mini donkeys! I never heard of those-how big are they?
              36" or less.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Serigraph View Post
                Per month? Assuming it gets hay, pasture, grain if needed, trims, shots, worming, etc.

                I'm trying to decide if I should get one. Do you have to keep it off good pasture when it comes in?
                Should not be fed grain or alfalfa. Need to keep protein around 5%. OTherwise hoof problems will be your friend.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WaningMoon View Post
                  36" or less.
                  Thanks..Wow that is real small. I remember in another post a fellow COTH member saying they had a mini mule named Burrito! I just assumed you cross a donkey to a mini-didn't realize you had a mini donkey-they sound cute though!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tkhawk View Post
                    Thanks..Wow that is real small. I remember in another post a fellow COTH member saying they had a mini mule named Burrito! I just assumed you cross a donkey to a mini-didn't realize you had a mini donkey-they sound cute though!
                    They are very cute and cuddly. I have had mine since 93 or 94 and got him at one yr old. They do have different feeding requirements such as being fed a low protein diet and no grain. HE is the most loving little creature ever. Here is a pic of him all decked out for the holidays along with his friend who was born in the pasture with him in 95.
                    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...n-horse239.jpg

                    NOt sure but if you mean you cross a donkey to a mini horse to get a mini donkey that is not correct. They are just pure donkey, no mini horse involved. Both parents are mini donkeys to get a mini donkey.
                    Last edited by WaningMoon; Jan. 8, 2009, 06:14 PM. Reason: added last sentence

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by WaningMoon View Post
                      Should not be fed grain or alfalfa. Need to keep protein around 5%. OTherwise hoof problems will be your friend.
                      Perhaps for some, but mine has gotten grain for the last 2 years with no hoof problems - wish my horses had as good of feet!

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                      • #12
                        Mine get the same vaccines, same wormer, except that they get dosed according to size, about 250-300lbs. I keep a loose vit/min/salt suppliment for them free choice. The jennys get 1/4c complete pellet so they think they are eating while everyone else does. They get moved up to 1/2c the month before they foal. Trimmed on the same schedule as the horses.
                        cost the same. Their hay is more because they have to be off the grass (fescue) for the end of their pregnancy just like the horses.
                        My 3 are due starting in about 6 weeks. Yahoo, baby donkeys are the cutes things in the world. About 20" and 20 lbs at birth and total fuzz.

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                        • #13
                          We have a 2yr gelding mini-donk; Bandit, and we love him to death, but before being gelded he was a jerk!!
                          Shots: same as the other ponies
                          Food:handful of grain 2x a day just so he thinks he's eating, 1pad of orchard mix hay. He's so fat, even with hardly any grass
                          Feet: usually every other time the horses get done
                          Worming: same as the horses, but a mini dose, 250-300lbs

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                          • #14
                            I agree with pp's... not much! My two eat 1/2 flake timothy each am/pm. No grain- except when they are loose on farm and clean up under buckets outside! And they are fat! Trim 3x/year.

                            The part that got expensive for me (and only the one year buying them) was ... their stable blankets, turnout blankets, flysheets and flymasks and fly leggings. Lil leather halters w/nameplates. I have to admit- they are the cutest thing on the farm!

                            I've actually thought about selling all my big guys and just having lil minis on the farm. I enjoy them more than the big guys!

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                            • #15
                              You have no idea how happy I am to see this thread, as my mini-donk will be arriving this weekend!
                              Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

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                              • #16
                                this thread is worth NOTHING without pictures!!!

                                If you got one, please post a picture.

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                                • #17
                                  OK, HookedOnReefing, since you asked :-)

                                  How can I resist posting pictures of Lovey and Thurston!


                                  Thurston meeting our WB mare:

                                  Lovey smiling:


                                  Mini donkeys are cute, affectionate, smart and full of mischief. These two make me smile at least once a day. SingMiaSong, please post pictures when your mini donkey arrives!

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by HookedOnReefing View Post
                                    this thread is worth NOTHING without pictures!!!

                                    If you got one, please post a picture.
                                    Here you go-
                                    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...nwayhome-1.jpg On his way home 14 yrs ago


                                    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...es/echo006.jpg

                                    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...ummer08069.jpg

                                    http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...n-horse201.jpg his christmas 08 photo

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                                    • #19
                                      Absolutely adorable. Thanks for posting pictures!

                                      Do horses normally get along with mini donks? Or do they tend to get bullied? IOW would they make good pasture mates?

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by HookedOnReefing View Post
                                        Absolutely adorable. Thanks for posting pictures!

                                        Do horses normally get along with mini donks? Or do they tend to get bullied? IOW would they make good pasture mates?
                                        OH, they make wonderful pasturemates. My donkey was my mares moms pasture mate when my mare was born. She was born right out in the pasture with him. Unfortunately I lost the mare as she was killed by a truck where I had her boared during a move. I had her mom too. Now I have the mare who was born with the donkey and the donkey. They have been together for 13 yrs. They share a small run in shelter full of shavings. The donkey has a shavings thing. He must roll in them each time new ones are added. He has shavings in him right down to the skin. I try to get tehm all out but its just not possible. HE loves it, moans and groans. HE gets up and lays on his other side and starts the whole process all over. He'll spend at least ten minutes doing it each time.

                                        Just realized the above sounds confusing on the what mare who thing. Basically I got horse in 1971, bred her and got a big black mare, bred her and got the big black mare I have now. so had this ones mom and her grandmom. Once an animal comes to me they are here for life no matter what. And I do mean no matter what.

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