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We are deeply committed to raising the very finest miniature
All foals are imprinted at birth, and handled everyday. We have had
extensive experience using our miniature donkeys as "therapy
animals". We have one jennet that has logged nearly 700 hours of
community service: visiting nursing homes, challenged people,
schools, and churches.
Ken & Helle Parker
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|Miniature Donkeys are native to the Mediterranean
islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Miniature Donkeys have
not been bred down in size. The 25-30 Miniature
Donkeys originally imported into the U.S. were
between the sizes of 32" and 38" with the majority of
them being in the 35"-37" size range. Over the years,
breeders have concentrated more on the 32"-33" size,
and today your most desirable and well-conformed
donkeys are from 31" to 35". The word "miniature"
usually connotates animals that have been bred-down
in size, so keep in mind that 'Miniature Donkeys' are
simply diminutive, and not bred down such as is the case
of many other 'miniature' animals.
|The most prevalent color for Miniature Donkeys is gray-dun
which consists of a gray colored body, light colored nose - or
dark colored nose -, light colored belly and inside legs, with
a dark color dorsal stripe down the back and over the
shoulders. The dorsal stripe is known as the donkeys cross.
There are variations of this gray-dun from dark to light. As
with most animals, donkeys can range in color from black to
white and everything in between. True blacks are rare with
black/browns (not quite black) being more common. There
are chestnut/sorrels which are various shades of reddish
brown. There are also white donkeys and "spotted" donkeys.
Some people refer to spotted as "pinto" and this really boils
down to semantics. Spotted or pintos are generally gray or
brown and white. There are also various colors of roans.
Roan coloring is black, brown, gray hairs intermingled with
white hairs. Donkeys do not breed true to color. Since
gray-dun is by far the predominant gene, you can breed
black to black and get gray-dun, spotted to spotted and get
gray-dun, etc. Never knowing what color foal will be
produced is part of the excitement of having foals. Colors
other than the typical gray-dun makes the donkey more
exotic looking therefore increases their price.
|What is a Miniature Donkey....
|Care & Management
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|Last updated: 10/14/13
Adult: 97.2-100 F
Under 2: 97.8
Under 2: 44-88
Under 2: 16-48
|Butternut Ridge Farm
|Miniature Donkeys require a small amount of grain, give each
miniature donkey 1 cup of grain per day.
Give your miniature donkey free access to roam a pasture. Miniature
donkeys eat grass and hay. A bale of hay can weigh up to 50
pounds-but if you cut the bale twine that holds it together, it will
separate into precut blocks called "flakes." Leave one flake out per
miniature donkey each day. We recommend that you feed twice a day
divide the amount and give half in the morning and half at night.
Provide a salt and mineral block. They should be kept in a dry place
and be available to the miniature donkeys at all times.
Leave fresh water out for the miniature donkey to drink at all times.
Check the water twice a day to ensure it is clean and that no dead
insects or algae are floating in it.
They should always have shelter from rain, snow, wind, hot sun, and
flies! It should be dry and draft-free. Fencing need only be four feet
high, woven wire is considered a safe and popular choice. Donkeys
can withstand cold temperatures as long as they have shelter
and are fed properly (extra hay not grain) in really cold weather.
Miniature donkeys are "herd" animals. To avoid undue stress and
loneliness, it is strongly recommended they not be kept singly but
with another Miniature Donkey or other animal as a life-long friend.
Always remove the halter before leaving your miniature donkey.
The Miniature Donkey is a compact, well-proportioned animal with a
sweet, sociable disposition. At maturity (3 years), it is able to pull a
cart or carry a pack as it did in its native Sicily and Sardinia
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|Legend tells us the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on
Palm Sunday followed Him to Calvary. Appalled by the sight of
Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave.
It is said that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders
and back of the donkey. A cross marking found on many
donkeys today remains a testimony of the love and devotion of a
humble, little donkey.
|Legend of the Donkey's Cross
|Read the real story in the Bible - Luke 19: 28-40 or Numbers 22: 21-33