Frequently Ask Questions

What sizes do donkeys come in?

Donkeys are most commonly grouped into the four categories with heights being measured at the withers when mature. Miniatures are all under 36 inches high with Small Standardstarting from 36.01 to 48 inches. Large Standards are over 48 inches and under 54 inches for jennets with over 48 inches and under 56 inches for jacks and geldings. Mammoth donkeys are 54 inches and above for the jennets and 56 inches or above for jacks and geldings.
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What is differance between a jack, jennet and gelding?

A jack is a mature male donkeys used for breeding purposes. While a gelding, is a male donkey that has been castrated. Geldings generally make excellent pets and show animals due the fact the are not effected by the hormone changes seen in jacks. A jennet is a mature female donkey above 3 years of age. Sometimes written as "Jenny" but both are pronounced the same.
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What do you call baby donkeys?

The term foal is used for newborns until weaned at around 6 months of age. A weanling is a young donkey that has been separated from it's mother (normally, 4-6 months to one year of age). A yearling is a young donkey who is between one and three years of age.
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What is the gestation period of miniature donkeys?

A jennet will carry a foal an average of twelve to thirteen months before giving birth.
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When do foals leave their mother's side?

A foal can be weaned from it's mother between four to six months of age. It is strongly recommended that the foals remain with their mothers for the whole 6 months. The first six months allow the foal the ability to obtain the social skills of mother and the herd.
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What are the health needs of miniature donkeys?

Miniature donkeys require annual vaccinations, regular hoof care and de-worming. Your local veterinarian will be able to advise you as to the best health care program for your area.
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How long do miniature donkeys live?

Miniature donkeys average life span from 25 to 40 years of age.
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What colors are most miniature donkeys?

There are several variations of names defining the colors of donkeys. The most common color is called a Gray-Dun. Most donkey registry offices classify the colors in the following variations: Gray-Dun, Brown, Black, Red, Sorrel, Roan, White, Spotted and Cameo.
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Can I own just one donkey?

No, a single miniature donkey would be unhappy and distressed, they are herd animals and will not thrive well on their own. Miniature donkeys love to play and pair up for life. A single miniature donkey will pine without a companion no matter how much time you spend with it. They can become unmanageable if lonely as they will chase you and try to hold you in the field.
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What kind of area do I need to provide for a donkey?

Donkeys need daily exercise. Thus, access to pasture for grazing and exercise is a requirement. Make sure your lot allows plenty of areas for them to run freely. Proper exercise is one of the keys to controlling the donkeys health and weight. Woven wire fencing is recommended. The average fencing height is around four feet. I highly discourage the use of barb-wire or fine-wire electric fencing. It is used more for cattle. Fencing types of that nature are a risk to the health and well-being of a donkey.
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Do the donkeys need shelter?

Yes, They should always have shelter from rain, snow, wind, hot sun, and flies! It should be dry and draft-free. In climates where cold weather is not extreme, a three side shelter may be adequate. Most donkeys can withstand cold temperatures as long as they have shelter and are fed properly.
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Farm Events

December 2014- No foal arrivals for 2014 or 2015. Check back with us in 2016.

January 2014 - Currently not active in 2013-2014 breeding program.


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We preserve, protect and promote the future of the breeding program through the careful evaluation and selection of each Miniature Donkey to successfully produce quality, healthy, loving donkeys.

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