Happy birthday Alys! I hope you like your new toy! (Now you need to download Whatsapp to get free international text messaging and I can send you the latest donkey photo as it happens!)
The donkeys had their new toy a couple of weeks ago, pictured above. It is an inflatable boat fender bought in a ship’s chandlers in Vilajoyosa. Just as last year with the failed football toy, they have still not responded to it. The rope handle is supposed to make it interesting for them, so they could pick ity up and run with it, or throw it around. So far it simply gets an occasional sniff or a slight kick, but they are diplaying little real interest in it. Now I have put it in a tyre, so when I return to the field I can see when they have taken it out and moved it.
Animal feed store Nutrivila delivered the monthly food supply a few days ago. The four donkeys get through 14 bales of straw, 8 bales of alfalfa, and 5 sacks of grain every month. (Current cost about 150 Euros per month.) I mix the alfalfa in with the straw, so it works out about 70% straw and 30% alfalfa (straw bales are bigger); and one scoop of grain each per day, just as an aid to digestion. I would like to compare donkey diets with other donkey keepers who comment here.
And here’s a few more pics from recently.