Donkeys are considered to be "easy keepers," meaning they do well on a high-quality hay and fresh
At the Kids’ Farm, each donkey receives one and
three-quarter cups of herbivore pellets before 7 a.m.
the donkeys are led from the barn to their yard—usually
around 7:30 a.m. There is hay and fresh, clean water
available throughout the day for them as well as enrichment
items to stimulate activity.
more about Kids' Farm enrichment.
Cleaning the Stall
The keepers then clean
their stall and remove any dirty shavings. Once
the dirty shavings are taken out they are replaced with
new, clean shavings. They also rinse and fill the water
buckets with fresh water. Finally, fresh hay is placed
in the racks and the stall is ready to go. All
of this takes about 45 minutes to complete.
At the end of the day—around
4 p.m.—the donkeys are led back into the barn
for dinner. Each donkey is secured to his assigned
post and given one and three-quarter cups of herbivore
pellets. We tie the donkeys separately to ensure each
donkey gets a full meal. It also helps keepers know
if one of the donkeys doesn’t finish his meal,
possibly indicating illness. When they are finished
eating, their halters and leads are removed and they
are done for the night. Whew, what a day!
Cleaning the Yard
not over for the keeper—she heads to the donkey
yard and picks up any feces and left over hay from the
day. The water bucket is also emptied and hung to dry
for the next day.
The Kids' Farm
donkeys have their hooves cleaned and inspected every
evening while they are eating. Keepers pick out mud and manure that trap rocks and sticks in
the tiny hollows of a donkey's hoof. Generally, hooves should
be trimmed by a farrier every six to eight weeks.