We have Ass Haus #1! We are starting on plans to build two more, one for each donkey (we did not build this one). We got a really great deal on it from our local shed supplier. Rocky & Daisy are making good use of it as a playground! Unlike horses their coats are not as waterproof. Donkeys always need access to a shelter, now whether or not they choose to use it is a different story! I have told many people that donkeys dislike standing in the rain only to watch mine stand in the rain and get absolutely drenched! But they always need the option! We are still planning our barn and likely will not get to start building it until next year. So for now it's just some run in sheds that we can relocate as the property changes.
Now that we live in a different area with no HOA...that means we can buy round bales! We used to have to buy our hay and it HAD to fit in the barn, it could not be left out and tarped....you know 'eyesores' and all. This created alot of anxiety feeding through the winter - did we have a enough hay to make it through....will I be able to find more....all that jazz...(fyi for those that don't know, in MT there isn't 'feed' stores like in other states where you can go down and buy some hay, you need to find a farmer to buy from directly.
No HOA also means I can buy large rounds of barely straw for the donkeys to have access to 24/7.
"As donkeys have a very high fibre, low sugar dietary requirement, straw makes a good basic feeding product. Donkeys are generally able to eat as much straw as they like to fill their bellies and keep their digestive systems moving without consuming too much energy (although testing straw before feeding is recommended as some modern strains can be higher in energy than expected). Consuming too much moderate to high energy food (particularly products containing cereal grains) causes weight gain and has been associated with development of gastric ulcers and laminitis among other things" - Donkey Sanctuary UK.
I can tell you this so far, mine have been LOVING it....I love watching the timelapse off the camera and seeing how often they go and visit the bale....er....pile (it didn't' really stay bale shaped!) to snack on between feedings.
I will be doing a review on this camera soon. So far it's great!
If you want to learn more about feeding donkeys....go to the Donkey Sanctuary UK
For my Burro Walk people, I have see people joining and leaving, I see you! I haven't forgotten about you all! We did not anticipate moving...Once we get settled and wedding season is over, we're going to set something up. Maybe we need a donkey Haus building meeting!?! eh?
We finally were able to find a new home! Our previous home became unwelcomed for the donks (HOA's sheesh!) After a ton of hard work, showings, house hunting we finally found a house that had no HOA. We are still settling in and building a new house for the donkeys, hopefully before winter!! The new property has no donkey amenities and we're starting from scratch again - donkey houses, water infrastructure, fencing, everything!
If you'd like to help contribute to our rebuild, please click the link below, we will be posting our progress here and on social media. The donks thank you!
We are moving! And as many of you know, it's kind of a crazy time! Everything gets uprooted a bit, so please be aware that any replies to requests will be delayed. I promise not to pack my computer though!
Wish us luck!
We have a changed the way we take date requests and collect info for events. Please check out our Beer Burro Event page and scroll down midway, you will see two buttons on the left you can click to get a date requested.
That was quick! We are now fully booked for July 2023.
If you're interested in having Rocky & Daisy at your event, don't wait! We are filling up quickly and they only work a limited amount of events per season.
We still have dates open in June, August, September, and some of October (weather dependent).
I have had a hard time keeping up on the blog, but also there has not been much going on. Rocky continued to be hand walked daily, took his medicine, had his temps taken, stall cleaned etc. He is such a good patient. The only times that were not super fun is when it was blowing snow, you know the kind that hits you in the face and stings. I also have not gotten too many good photos, days mostly consisted of walking in the AM, in the dark, going to work, and walking him in the PM, yep, you guessed it, in the dark....
I am happy to report that he is almost fully integrated again! We started out by spending a few hours turned out with Daisy, then the next day a few more and so on. I kept a close eye on him in the beginning, even rushing out when Daisy started clacking at him, in fear he might mount her. After that I started stalling her and letting him have the run of the pasture, which if you look at the photo below, she hated. But we're up to full days turned out with Daisy, and nights in the stall. Mostly because we have had quite a few loose dogs in the last few months and I don't want anyone chasing him, especially with how slippery it is (ice). He's doing great!
Swelling is worse than yesterday, thankfully attitude wise he seems less depressed. Walking around more etc. Saw him eating a bit on camera, he also drank almost a gallon when I refreshed his water.
Rocky's swelling is pretty good now, the vet warned me that day 4/5 would be the worst. It looks pretty bad, his entire sheath is swollen along with a pocket in front of it. His incision looks good though and his PU site looks ok - not getting weird, just ok for what it is.
We picked Rocky up, he jumped right into the trailer. I got my run down of all my meds I need to administer. The roads were slightly better than going out. Our road has a decent incline with a turn involved and I just didn't know if the truck and trailer were going to make it all the way. My husband walked down and I hand walked Rocky up and he drove the truck and trailer up, no problem of course. I just didn't want him bouncing around in the trailer too much, or worse loosing traction and ending up in the ditch, overprotective donkey mom?
Daisy went from thrilled Rocky was home, to just mad....Probably because he's acting differently than before and she doesn't know what to think of it. She busted out her old OCD behavior of licking things. When I bought her, the prior owner kept her in a 12x12 pen for TWO YEARS! She developed some stress coping mechanisms, one is licking the fence a bunch. So while its cute I see it potentially as a sign that she is feeling stressed.
Here to share all my donkey related adventures....why? Because they're basically the best thing ever.