Straw donks


The problem with the donks eating the straw in their stable is quite acute now. They are being quite fanatical about it and eating every last scrap of straw in the stable every day! A friend who has experience of horses says that the straw should be sprayed with disinfectant, then they won’t eat it. If I did this, I would be concerned that they might eat it anyway – and ingest the disinfectant – so I’m awaiting further advice on this. Any thoughts on the matter from those with experience would be appreciated.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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5 Responses to Straw donks

  1. Sheel says:

    Do they have ‘donkey toys’ to take their minds off eating?

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Good point. Maybe I should get them some Shrek videos, a bouncy castle, and a library of books about famous donkeys (Don Quixote, Winnie the Pooh, Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes, Platero y Yo, and the Russian classic Quiet Flows the Donk, etc.) You’d think that animals wot has been looking after themselves successfully in the wild for millions of years would know wot to do with their time without just eating all the time and getting stupidly fat, wouldn’t you?

  3. Geert Bakker says:

    Brush up your Dutch!
    http://members.multimania.nl/ezelengeitenkiboe/newpage0.html
    In de praktijk komt dat erop neer, dat ze zoveel stro mogen eten als ze willen
    http://www.natuurcentrumgorinchem.nl/Kinderboerderij/ezel.htm
    Stro kan een ezel onbeperkt eten. (onbeperkt = unlimited)
    http://www.becidor.nl/PaardenKenniscentrum.htm
    Little Bit Grote Hooitas € 47,50 & Little Bit Graasmasker € 25,-
    http://www.mini-ezel.be/verzorging.htm
    Stro kan een ezel onbeperkt eten.
    It all boils down to: let them eat straw as much as they like!
    But I’m no expert, so don’t take my word for it!
    Beautiful pics!

  4. Faith says:

    Straw is normal food for donks, they enjoy eating it and it fills their natural desire to eat poor quality roughage, lots more info here – http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/files/donkeys/FeedingDonkey_0.pdf
    Don’t spray it, they’ll still try and eat it anyway and you’ll just be ruining their favourite snack 🙂

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you for that advice, Faith. I suppose I’ll just have to accept that the donks will eat their straw and it needs to be replaced every day!

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