The Donkey Diet

The Donkey Diet

Donkeys Eating
Photo: Kendra Bond at Peace for Ponies

Ask ten donkey owners how they feed their donkeys and you’ll get ten different answers.

Some search for low sugar hay and dutifully test each new batch, while others just use whatever they can get hold of.

Some happily let their donkeys graze freely all year round, ignoring the cries of fellow donkey owners that all that grass could kill them. Yet, their donkeys are the picture of health.

One thing is clear: every owner, farm, pasture and paddock is different. And, of course, every donkey is different. So, let’s take a broad look at the donkey diet. Read more

Safe Plants for Donkeys

Safe Plants for Donkeys

Apples
Apples Photo: moderndogmagazine.com

It’s great to give donkeys access to a wide range of plants and herbs in addition to their main diet. It can have numerous health benefits and mirrors how they feed in the wild. Donkeys enjoy foraging and they are mostly pretty good at finding the nutrients they need.  
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What Treats Can I Give My Donkeys?

What Treats Can I Give My Donkeys?

donkey treats

“Spoil your donkey with love, not treats”, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, USA

It can be really hard not to overindulge your donkeys. When they look at you longingly with those big brown eyes and impossibly sweet faces, you just want to give them all the goodies their hearts desire… Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Donkey Trekking

A Beginner’s Guide to Donkey Trekking

Copain
Copain Donkey Trekking in Provence

Following my six-day trek with a donkey in Provence, southern France, this is my handy guide for donkey trekkers, including donkey care, handling, packing, weight limits and what to take… Read more

Donkey Efficiency

Donkey Efficiency

Feeding Donkeys
Donkey tea time at Lockwood Centre for Donkeys and Horses

Did you know that donkeys have extremely efficient digestive systems?

Donkeys are much better at digesting food than horses and ponies, absorbing 95% of what they eat. In the desert, where donkeys evolved, food is scarce, so their digestive systems can break down inedible vegetation and extract moisture from food very efficiently. Read more