Donkeys evolved from the desert. The donkey’s fur protects donkeys from insects making the donkey bleed, sunburn and regulates body temperature. The only time we should clip a donkey’s fur is if the veterinarian ordered due to a serious health issue. Living in the Pacific Northwest our donkeys are shed out by the end of July and they start growing their beautiful fur coats by the end of August in preparation for our winters.
Prepare Your Farm For Summer & Winter
- Provide Shelter, make sure you have enough shelter for all of your donkeys, horses, and mules.
- Fans placed up high so the donkey cant bite the electrical cord is very helpful for removing insects and cooling the donkey down.
- Provide fresh clean cool water in the hot seasons and warm clean water in the winter.
- Test all hay to ensure your desert equine the donkey is getting 10% or lower in sugar and protein. Overfeeding is the number one cause of death and abuse in donkeys living in the U.S.A.