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Feeding the elderly donkey

Generally healthy fit donkeys do very well on a basic diet of good quality feeding straw, limited access to grass and hay/haylage if required. Donkeys have evolved as browsers and in their natural environment would eat highly fibrous plant materials in small quantities throughout the day. Donkeys require a diet high in fibre and low in calories.

Keeping your donkey comfortable throughout the winter months

Providing that your donkeys have constant access to adequate shelter, most will prefer the freedom of being out even in the colder weather as opposed to being shut in a stable for days on end. Winter care is more about helping your donkeys to withstand the lower temperatures and stay healthy in the cold or wet weather, rather than shutting them in completely.

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