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mwfarms

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Do mini donkeys have some of the same problems like miniature horse do? Such as foaling problems, teeth problems? Do you vaccinate them against the westnile? What about gestitaion I read somewhere they carry 11-13 months is this correct I know my minis usually go between 300-330 with average being 320. Any info would be a appreicated.
 

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Here are some of your questions answered:: And yes they get the same vaccines as horses do and the same dewormer schedule and yes WNV also is given...Don 't know too much about any breeding problems but they do have under bite over bite problems just like mini horses do....

EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT

DONKEYS…

BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

1. Donkey… refers to the same animal as butt and burro. A male donkey is a jack, a female is a jennet or jenny. Cross-breeding between a male donkey and a female horse gives you a mule; between a male horse and a female donkey yields a hinny.

2. Donkeys have an average life expectancy of 40-50 years. As a result they tend to mature slowly. No training involving carrying any weight should be done before the age of three years. Females are generally not bred until three years of age.

3. Miniature donkeys are 36" or less at the shoulder at maturity. Standard donkeys are 36" to 48" at the shoulder. Mammoth donkeys stand over 48".

4. Miniature donkeys have the cross on their backs. Other donkeys may have it too, but all miniatures do.

5. Donkeys have an average gestation of one year. They generally have only one foal and usually at night (most generally when you are completely exhausted).

6. Donkeys bray (or hee-haw). Some are better (and louder) at it than others.

7. Donkeys eat hay. And grain. And grass. And leaves. And trees. And apples. And watermelon. And carrots. And – well, you get the idea.

8. If you get on the donkeys level, he will generally put his chin on your shoulder. This is a donkey hug. Enthusiastic huggers can knock you over.

9. One donkey is fun. Two donkeys are 8 times as much fun. Three donkeys are 27 times as much fun. Watching donkeys play is great fun indeed.
 
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