What Can Donkeys Eat?

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What is best to feed a donkey?

The donkey diet should consist of mainly good quality barley straw or oat straw (barley straw is best) and carefully restricted access to grass. Donkeys may require supplemental hay if they are not maintaining good body condition with the straw and restricted grass diet (for e.g. during the winter months).Mar 16, 2021

Can donkey eat bread?

What do donkeys eat & drink – can I feed them? Donkeys usually eat barley straw, hay, grass (pasture) and various other things like bread, molasses & sugar beet which are mixed in with their feed, as well as carrots, apples, pears, turnip & swede.

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Can donkeys eat lettuce?

Lettuce is safe to ingest and quite nutritious than other herbs and grasses. Donkeys adore this veggie and enjoy munching on lettuce. They love to feed on this leafy green primarily composed of water.

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What do wild donkeys like to eat?

Donkeys are grazers that typically like to eat grass, though they also eat shrubs and desert plants. Instead of tearing at grass with their teeth, donkeys grab the plant with their lips, pull it into their mouth, then rip it with their flat teeth and grind it down for swallowing.Feb 4, 2022

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Can donkeys eat too much hay?

Donkeys are generally able to eat as much straw as they like to fill their bellies and keep their digestive systems moving without consuming too much energy (although testing straw before feeding is recommended as some modern strains can be higher in energy than expected).Oct 15, 2021

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Can donkeys eat dog food?

Nevertheless, dog food is not suitable for donkeys. Although a few bites probably won’t hurt a donkey, you certainly don’t want to make it part of their regular diet. After all, a lot of dog foods can contain different types of meat, which has no place in equine nutrition.Oct 25, 2021

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Can donkeys eat cucumbers?

Yes! Donkeys can eat cucumbers and they often love them! What is this? Cucumbers are extremely healthy and can be fed to donkeys as treats.

Can donkeys eat orange peels?

Donkeys enjoy oranges just like their equine relative horses. Both the skin and the seeds are safe as well, so no need to worry if some of it makes it into the donkeys’ treats. As with any other of these treats, do not feed a whole orange to your donkey: make sure to cut it into sections first.

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What do donkeys like to play with?

Speaking of pools, pool noodles can make good donkey toys! Just be sure they don’t tear off pieces of the foam and ingest it. If you have the means, consider a dirt pile (or piles). Yes, donkeys love baby mountains and playing “king of the hill.”

Do donkeys eat bananas?

Carrots, apples, bananas, pears, turnips and swedes are all safe and usually very popular with donkeys. Ensure that chopped fruit and vegetables are cut in a way that minimises the risk of choking, such as in sticks.

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Can horses eat cucumbers?

Can Horses Eat Cucumbers? Yes, horses can eat cucumbers – a welcome answer to those of you with an overabundance of cucumbers growing in your gardens. Cucumbers are a fantastic source of vitamins such as A, K, and C, as well as potassium. What’s more, cucumber skin provides horses with a natural dietary fibre.

Can donkeys eat all stock sweet feed?

We vaccinate in the spring and fall. You should never feed longears (donkeys or mules) any premixed sweet feeds or alfalfa products.

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Why do donkeys bray at night?

Who Do Donkeys Bray At Night? Donkeys may bray at night for the reasons outlined; to warn of danger, to express hunger or loneliness, etc. Sometimes there may be no apparent reason.Jan 11, 2021

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Why do horses mate with donkeys?

They have trouble making sperm or eggs because their chromosomes don’t match up well. And, to a lesser extent, because of their chromosome number. A horse has 64 chromosomes and a donkey has 62. A mule inherits 32 horse chromosomes from mom and 31 donkey chromosomes from dad, for a total of 63 chromosomes.Jun 20, 2007

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Can donkeys eat pumpkins?

Donkeys can safely eat pumpkins including the skin, flesh and seeds. Pumpkins should be fed in moderation and only as a treat.

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Do donkeys need a salt block?

Donkeys need salt and, if suffering from a salt deficiency, they may eat dirt or lick/chew objects. To avoid this, pour some loose salt into a separate container to other food or give a little at night. You can also buy equine salt lick blocks, but make sure you do not buy a cattle salt block by mistake.

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What do you use for donkey bedding?

We prefer shavings to sawdust as they are less dusty. The mats add a layer of insulation in the winter, keep the floor dry extend the life of the bedding. Every so often we strip the stalls completely and sanitize the mats with water and bleach. Donkeys are happiest with a companion.Mar 11, 2021

How many flakes of hay do I need for a donkey?

The standard formula that I use for calculating my donkeys’ hay consumption is: Donkey’s weight X 1.5% = The weight of hay per day. Then I multiply that by the number of days I plan to feed hay, and that gives me the amount (weight) of hay that I will need to buy.Oct 9, 2004

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Do donkeys eat meat?

Donkey Diet

These animals are herbivores, meaning they eat no meat. They enjoy a variety of foods, including hay, oats, grains, and grasses, but they will also eat shrubs and desert plants in certain areas.Jun 22, 2022

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Do donkeys eat fish?

Donkeys are classified as herbivores, meaning they only eat plants.Jan 2, 2021

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Can donkeys have strawberries?

Feed in moderation

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We would recommend feeding only 1-2 leaves or one small handful-sized portion maximum per day. Bramble/wild strawberry/hedgerow – grazing on these will often tempt a sick donkey as the natural behaviour of foraging stimulates the appetite.

Can horses eat grapes?

Almost any fruits, and many vegetables, are safe treats for healthy horses. Apples and carrots are traditional favorites. You can safely offer your horse raisins, grapes, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe or other melons, celery, pumpkin, and snow peas.Dec 21, 2018

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What causes diarrhea in donkeys?

The etiology and epidemiology of colitis in donkeys have not been fully elucidated, but is likely influenced by geography and management. In the United Kingdom, individual cases and outbreaks of diarrhea have been documented, with parasites, infectious agents, and husbandry changes proposed as the main causes.Oct 3, 2019

Can horses eat watermelon?

Watermelon is not harmful to horses. In fact, it is a great treat. In some European countries, watermelon rind is a common horse treat, though it should be cut into small, easy-to-chew pieces.

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How much hay should I feed my donkey?

We know, from research conducted here at The Donkey Sanctuary, that donkeys need to eat approximately 1.5% of their own bodyweight per day in dry food. Straw contains very little water and is approximately 90% dry matter. For most average-sized donkeys this equates to roughly 2-3 kg of fibre per day.

How do I know if my donkey is happy?

Pinned-back ears are a sign of aggression. If your donkey is in a state of high anxiety, it may rapidly move its ears back and forth. This should be read as a “Leave me the heck alone” sign. This donkey’s forward-pointing ears suggest she’s happy and alert.

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Do donkeys get lonely?

Companionship. Donkeys are definitely not well-suited to living alone. A donkey without any buddies will quickly get sad, depressed, and lonely. They form incredibly strong bonds with their pals, so we strongly recommend keeping bonded pairs together for life.

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Why do donkeys bite?

Dominance. Equines bite within herds to establish dominance between individual animals and to maintain the pecking order. If your donkey has not accepted you as his undisputed leader, he may be inclined to try to bite you to establish his own dominance over you.

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Can horses eat oranges?

Oranges: Oranges are also an excellent source of vitamin C. To feed an orange to your horse, peel off the skin and cut the orange in half. Then, cut the orange two more times to make eighths. Coconut: You might not think that horses eat coconuts, but they do!

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What do mini donkeys eat?

Miniature donkeys require good quality hay and fresh, clean water. Their primary food is grass, but they also graze other shrubs and desert plants. If only poor quality hay is available, it should be supplemented with a commercial feed. Because donkeys are prone to weight gain, their feed should be closely monitored.

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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.

Can donkeys eat horse feed?

Donkeys and mules have unique evolutionary traits that mean you should not feed them like a horse. Mules and donkeys should not be fed the same way as horses.Dec 3, 2017

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Do donkeys need salt blocks?

A block of salt is better than nothing at all. The best is loose (granular) salt. Donkeys, mules and horses have smoother tongues than a cow and may not actually get their needed amount of salt from a block. They may end up biting the block in an attempt to get more, which can lead to teeth and jaw or tooth problems.Jun 18, 2017

How much hay should I feed my donkey?

We know, from research conducted here at The Donkey Sanctuary, that donkeys need to eat approximately 1.5% of their own bodyweight per day in dry food. Straw contains very little water and is approximately 90% dry matter. For most average-sized donkeys this equates to roughly 2-3 kg of fibre per day.

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How much feed does a donkey need?

An average sized (175 kg) healthy, adult donkey needs 2-3 kg of fibrous food per day to satisfy their appetite. In the majority of cases this should be solely provided by straw, hay/haylage or restricted grazing plus a vitamin and mineral balancer.

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