It's not only lambing time... our three pregnant mares that came into the Sanctuary already in foal are well on their way to having their foals and there's great excitement among the staff here at Brookfield Farm.
We have a bit of a race going on between the girls of which one is going to give birth first. It was Lilly to start with but Honey has overtaken her by producing a nice bag of milk ready for her little one. Then we have Sweety who is Honey's friend. We didn't know she was in foal until her tummy started growing rather fast. She had a scan which confirmed that she is also in foal. She obviously wanted to be like Honey, so now they will be able to stay together and also their foals will grow up together. Sweety is not much behind Honey with getting ready for her foal, they are going to be quite close.
Andy the boss, who is very experienced in foaling will be the midwife for the girls! He has started to put Honey in the foaling box so if she starts giving birth the others won't get in the way. He even pops in to see the girls at two o'clock in the morning just to check on them. Andy will have many sleepless nights ahead of him!
We have had some wonderful sunny days here on the farm so the girls and Archie (who is Lilly's friend) have been able to spend a lot of time out in their paddock. They love to stretch their legs and lay out in the sun, you can really see their lovely big tummies when they are laid out.
Ben and Morrishee
The boys Ben and Morrishee (from our previous blogs) have all grown up now, and they have gone on to pastures new. They are having the time of their lives, as they have gone to the main Sanctuary to be with a big group of young donkeys their own age and they spend their days playing in the field. They have grown into two gentle and special boys who we miss very much.
At Brookfield we are already getting ready for Donkey Week. It's a very special time for us as Brookfield is not open to the public and we love to show our farm and of course our lovely donkeys off to the Donkey Weekers.
So if all goes well with our mares you will be able to meet our new arrivals! We will keep you all up to date with any news we have.
No breeding policy
The Donkey Sanctuary does have a no breeding policy but if a donkey comes into our care that is already pregnant, then the foal is also given sanctuary for life.