Miniature donkeys are a perfect hands-on training tool for children. They are docile and yearn to soak up all the affection which comes their route. Homesteading kids can easily learn how to care for, ride, halter, harness, and cart with these eager to please animals.
Typically mini donkeys can carry about 100 pounds on their back. Children up to a certain age can safely and humanely learn how to ride on the back of a miniature donkey. Purchasing or making a pack saddle is another superb route to induce the most out of the mini donkey’s work ability. Moving supplies about the homestead or survival retreat over terrain a cart cannot run could easily be accomplished by packing up to medium-weight loadings on the back of miniature donkeys.
Like their larger counterparts and ponies, miniature donkeys can founder, suffer from colic, A require regular worming, and vaccinations. They should have their hooves trimmed about every eight to 12 weeks. There is no need to shoe the miniature donkey unless they will be often ridden on pavement.
Miniature donkeys can usually reside inside a barn with full-size livestock and involve only small amounts of grain. These miniature donkeys have their own 3-sided shed is connected to the main barn in a shared grassland. A board 36 inches high was placed across the opening to prevent large livestock from muscling their way inside and kicking the minis out of their sleeping quarters while the herd was adjusting to the new additions .
Mini donkeys are herd animals and may be able to share a stall of a 3-sided shelter with another of their breed or at the least other friendly livestock. They can be kept in the same grassland and barn as standard-size donkeys and horses- they do not even mind communing with goats.
My bossy mare accepted our two mini donkeys into HER herd without incident. Sure, she operated them a good bit and blocked them from entering HER barn for several hours on day one- but my Ruby does that to every new addition.
A lonely and bored donkey could begin to act out an WILL bray loudly to register their displeasure when in a bad mood- or you are five minutes late for their feed. A half acre of land should provide a pair of miniature donkeys with enough grassland to suit their needs except during the winter months, depending upon the climate where the prepper retreat or homestead is located.
Breeding mini donkey could be another valuable way to make a steady river of extra money from the homestead. As the animals become even more popular, the demand for both jennies and jacks will grow.A All miniature donkeys have a dark brown cross shape which runs across their withers and down their back.
Miniature donkeys will do just about anything for a treat. Their desire to please speedily becomes evident during cart or pack saddle train .
While gray dun is the most common coloring of miniature donkeys, they come in a plethora of other colorings as well. Common coat colors also include black, white, or brown. The more unusual color, the higher the price tag- especially if you could garner an hard-to-find ivory mini donkey with blue eyes.
Miniature donkeys with a red or chestnut coat, roan, paint, or spotted paint or spotted pattern are unique but not as rare as an Ivory donkey and sell for significantly more than a typical gray mini donkey.
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The price per animal depends largely upon the local market. Jennies often garner more than jacks, especially if they are still young enough to breed. Typically a gray miniature donkey would sell for between $350 to $600 each. A breeding jennie could garner up to $2,000 depending on her personality and age. If the animal becomes registered with the International Miniature Donkey Registry or the Miniature Donkey Registry, the price could increase if being purchased by either a breeder or someone interested in proving the mini donkey.
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