Baby Donkeys are one of the cutest creatures in the world. You just want to hug them when you see one. They are like children in their mischievous ways. They are so adorable to watch. For those who do not know yet, we call baby donkeys a “foal.” When they grow up, we refer to the male donkeys as “jacks” and the females “jennets.”
Donkeys may be a little stubborn, but they are gentle and friendly creatures by nature. They may good pet friends even for small children. However, unlike dogs, they cannot stay inside the house. They need a little bit more space to walk, and their shelters should be pest treated to ensure that the animal will stay healthy. Pest Control Charlotte NC offers pest control services that will keep your home pest-free.
Taking care of the shelter is an important part of taking care of baby donkeys. Although donkeys are hardy animals, the safety and cleanliness of their environment, especially upon the arrival of the foal, are critical to their health and well-being.
Here are a few steps to take to welcome a new donkey in your family.
Observe the newborn donkey. The foal should be drinking its mother’s milk and can move around. The foal should be able to pass manure on its first day of existence. Otherwise, you need to have the baby donkey checked by a veterinarian to know if the foal is sick. Do not forget to disinfect its naval stump with iodine solution, too.
Build a shelter that is big enough to fit the mother and the foal. It should have at least three sides and roof to keep the donkeys dry and warm. The baby donkey needs to be kept dry at all times. The mother and foal should be together for at least four to six months. If you have multiple foals, remember to separate the males from the female when they reach five months old. This is to prevent them from breeding before their physical maturity.
The foal will start to eat solid food starting two to four weeks old. You can offer the baby donkey hay or feeds with a little fresh grass or grains on its separate feed bin. Always keep fresh water accessible for both the mother and foal. Please remember that in spite of the foal eating, it still needs to continue nursing until it reaches six months old.
Use a stiff burst to groom your foal. You also need to trim the donkey hooves regularly, around two to four months apart. Give the donkey a patch of dirt where it can take have some dust baths.
Consult a veterinarian for the necessary vaccines and deworming that your foal should have. An equine dentist should also check the donkey’s teeth ever two years to make sure the teeth grows properly.