Are these donks overweight?



I’m getting a bit concerned that my little puddings are getting a little too plump. Here’s Aitana with her head in the manger and demonstrating her protruding belly…



20130720_181003And rear-view of Rubí (left) with obvious bulging sides. (I was worried she was pregnant again for a while, but it is fourteen months since Morris was separated from the females, then gelded, so that is unlikely.)

Anyone got experience of putting donks on a diet?



About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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6 Responses to Are these donks overweight?

  1. Dilly says:

    Donkey weight Loss diet.

    1) Put Donks on expensive vet-approved pellet diet
    2) Donks eat fence
    3) Donks eat their way through every kitchen garden between Finestrat and Benidorm
    4) Rabit loses weight chasing donks and recapturing them

  2. Jim of Olym says:

    You nave to be merciless and don’t pay any attention when they tell you they are starving! They will do better on a slow diet, particularly if you are set up to feed them separately. If they get two flakes of hay per diem, reduce it to 1 1/2 flakes, then after a week, maybe 1. A vet’s input is also a good idea, and supplements if they are available. And exercise, and plenty of water.
    Our mammoths don’t get enough exercise, and they yell at us if deprived. Trooper learned early to bang his hoof against the stall door: Bang Bang Bang at 7 am, but we just ignore him.

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Thanks for that comment, Jim. Reduction in quantity is clearly the way forward but feeding separately is not possible. The main problem is that I am away from the place, at work most of the day, and once they have finished eating what I put in the manger, the donks have nothing to do: the field is not grazing land. Consequently they get restless and start damaging fences. (Dilly’s comment is spot on!) I tried giving them a toy to play with (i.e. a ball) but they are still scared of it! See video a few weeks ago.

  4. Karin says:

    Would another companion help…like a goat?? Or would that make things even worse? OR chickens that could get chased and chase? Tough one with you being out for a good part of the day. Good luck and don’t let them hear…don’t want their little psyche’s getting damaged!

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Yes, goat-worrying is a speciality of Rubí and Matilde… See January 2011 post

  6. Jim of Olym says:

    Donkeys can hear from miles away! Whether they understand the nuances of what they hear is still subject to investigation!


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