A Fine May Morning


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst thing this morning the jennies were all lined up along the fence anxious for their carrot cereal bowls to arrive. They can hear me moving around in the garage – filling their bowls.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARosie practically carries a tune – she doesn’t outright bray – instead she uses donkey words that clearly say, “Me first! Me first!”
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe girls all know I’ll place their bowls in the far side of the paddock. While Paco (on the left) knows he and I spend some time on this side. Funny how they’ll all keep to the routine even if I don’t have the gates closed.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaco and I have been working on ‘handling’. He is now perfectly at home with hugs and back scratches and rub downs. The mosquitoes were out and about some … but not nearly as bad as some other spring seasons.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn order to improve on the bug presence and the safety of the herd we’re converting this wetland area to a gravel paddock. It is going to take a LOT of work.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStep one involved this ‘doser’ and a large pile of gravel and dirt. And no … darn it … did not get to drive it.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first pile was shaped over the gate entrance way into the field.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe plan is to drop a load and smooth it out … making solid ground that the next truckload can drive onto …
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’ll inch out that way one load at a time until we have the lower wetland area covered in. We’ll be putting in a culvert as well to carry the run off to the roadside ditch. Our road is being resurfaced and a new and improved ditch is being built by the township. The reason our front field is so wet is because the ‘old’ ditch has gradually flattened out over the years and now the water run off gets caught instead of flowing away. So the donkeys will have the small hill to graze on and a second large paddock area to run and hang out in out front. One paddock will be on the northside of our house the other on the southside – by using the wind they’ll be able to find a bug free place to hang out in the summer months and a warm dry place to hang out in the winter. Looking good!

6 comments on “A Fine May Morning”

  1. Hey, curious to know what’s in your morning cereal bowls? I feed a mash too but generally around 5 PM these days. New paddock sounds good – I’m a huge proponent of wetlands but they don’t
    work well with donkey hooves!

    1. Hi Cynthia! I slice up carrots into discs and then slice the discs into triangles. (Good zen activity when doing it for four donkeys!) I then include just a sprinkle of grain. What is in your mash?

      1. Hi Wendy, I feed soaked Fiber Max which is 60% soy hulls + 40% beet pulp. I soak it in lots of water and then drain and hopefully most of the sugar comes out. Then I add California Trace minerals (iron-free!) 1 Tblsp. freshly ground flax seed, 1 vitamin E gel cap and 1 tsp salt. I stay away from all cereal grains – donkeys really don’t need it.

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