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 had to leave our beautiful donkey barn behind at our old property. We now have to completely rebuild.
Here to share all my donkey related adventures....why? Because they're basically the best thing ever.