Donkeys are wonderful animals. They serve as wonderful pets and as protectors of your flock.
So, now you’re probably wondering what is the best donkey bedding for the money? Read on to find out!
Top 3 Bedding for Donkeys
- Barley Straw
- Oat Straw
- Wheat Straw
Best Donkey Bedding for the Money
The best bedding for donkey we recommend is BARLEY STRAW.
This bedding is healthy for donkeys (mares, geldings and stallions). Barley straw has minimal feed value than oat straw, but is higher than wheat straw. It is comfortable for donkeys to lie on and it drains quite well.
In the absence of barley straw, you can use OAT or WHEAT STRAW. As you may already notice, straw is the cheapest bedding for donkeys.
If your donkeys have respiratory issues or need dieting often, we recommend seeing your veterinary surgeon so he/she can recommend a dust-free, particle bedding.
Donkeys battling with respiratory illness requires alternative to barley straw.
It is advised that you provide your donkeys with a floor level feed bin or corner floor feeder. That prevents feed from being soiled and then spoilt.
For DIY enthusiasts, you can try small hole haynets, but it should be tied at a height that is comfortable for your babies (while still being accessible) but also not too low that your donkey(s) run at risk of getting tangled up in it.
Next, place some straw in the feeder so they can have their pick; there can be no wastage since the leftover can be converted to bedding.
If possible, you should place the feeder so that the donkey’s feet are not on the bedding while they eat their meal. This allows them have a chance to dry out.
When winter comes and you notice your donkeys are not maintaining their body condition with the grass and straw-based diet, it may be wise to a bit of hay to the straw in the feeder.
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