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Miniature donkeys
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Dennis C    Posted 06-06-2002 at 21:57:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone have personal experiences as to getting or not getting into raising the miniature donkeys. Maybe good, bad. ugly, or even humorous times at the ranch.

Thanks Denny


jamo    Posted 06-07-2002 at 07:21:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have to female mini's and are waiting until they are of age to acquire a jack. The best part of these animals is that they are so gentle. I have two girls 11 & 5 and they play with them like they're dogs. I think they're attracted to them because they remind them of "donkey" on Shrek


Dennis C    Posted 06-13-2002 at 01:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some neighbors have warned me about getting miniature donkeys , because of the braying. Any thoughts on this advice thanks


Tom A    Posted 06-07-2002 at 04:16:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try the link below, it is a nice site, with lots of folks who have longears of all types.

There's also a good book called "The Definitive Donkey" that is packed with info about them. I've seen it in a lot of the homesteading catalogs, or you can check out the American Donkey & Mule Society on the web and order direct from them.

Tom


Sammie    Posted 06-06-2002 at 22:52:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
What is a reasonable cost to buy one? How much land/animal? Would you advise buying full grown mini's and breeding to build a herd? What do most people buy them for? (lawn mowers!!?)


LH    Posted 06-07-2002 at 06:02:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Average prices are around $300 for registered miniature stock with bred jennies going for slightly more. Unregistered can be bought anywhere from $50 and up here in central IN. They can be ridden by children, trained to pull a small cart and make exceptional good pets. Depending on the grazing prospects in your are I would say each animal will require about 1/2 acre if they are not given supplemental hay in their rations. Yes they do make good lawnmowers.


Sammie    Posted 06-07-2002 at 07:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Lazy Horse. Oh and Good morning!!


LH    Posted 06-07-2002 at 15:55:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dang I'm slow but good evening to you.


LH    Posted 06-06-2002 at 22:19:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi dennis we've had donkeys of all varieties as well as horses and mules for over 8 years now. Miniatures are a decent moneymaker, since they are hardy and easy to raise. If your lookig for a profit go for the darker ones if you can. Greys and white spotted seem to be prominent but you don't see many dark chocolate or black mini's. Don't get more than one jacl or you'll have a fight on your hands, and the jacks are prone to biting the females and can be quite agressive at times but they are still good pets.
One word of caution is the smaller the animal the more they seem to bring. I can't rcall exaclty what they height standard is for the mini's but be careful buying immature animals (under 5 years old if I rember correctly) because I've seen a lot of folks buy young ones and wind up dissapointed when the mature critter was too tall to meet the registry requirements. Hope this helps.Also they dont' eat much and relatively few heakth concerns.


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