Pictures of Our Mini-Donkeys
The sole purpose of this page is to show off my dear mini-donkeys. They were both born in the fall of 2012. Chester, the brown one, is 31.5 inches tall at the withers and is a true miniature donkey. Meadow, the gray one, is about 37 inches tall at the withers and is classified as a small standard. These two are my dear friends and companions. They love attention, are curious, smart, and just so much fun to live with. I love sharing their antics. The pictures are in chronological order with the most recent at the top. The captions are beneath the photos.
The mini-donkeys were just running all over the pastures and paddock, braying, kicking and having a good time. Here is just a short clip of their antics. This was mid-June 2015.
Last Saturday was a beautiful, sunny February day. I was grooming our old Tennessee Walker, Little Man, and had brushes and combs out for the job. After combing out his mane, I reached down for a small brush, but it wasn't there. A short search revealed Meadow in the paddock with the brush firmly in her teeth. But Chester wanted that brush for himself.
Late May 2017. People always make comments about the fly masks, but they make the donkeys so much more comfortable! They gladly wear them.
May 2017. The donkeys enjoying a sunny spring afternoon in the paddock.
Meadow in mide-December 2015. You can see that she is putting on her winter coat. More fur on her forehead and jowls.
She finally got the bucket upright which meant she could carry it all over the paddock, eventually dropping it into the water trough. We find lots of thiings in the water troughs.
It is mid-May and a beautiful afternoon. Chester is playing and both of them are looking to get into mischief.
Meadow didn't like it that Chester had a glove and she didn't, so she hollered at him.
Then she tried the "I'll be nice" approach.
Finally she realized there was another glove on the ground and picked it up. Everyone was happy for a few minutes.
Then Chester noticed that I was taking pictures and did like he always does...
walked right up to the camera to see what I was doing!
After we put up the hay in the barn in early fall 2014, the donkeys helped clean up the mess that we made. They seem to prefer hay over fresh green grass almost any day. The donkeys are about two years old here.
The horse sized Jolly ball, the blue one, is really a little too big for the mini-donkeys, so when I found a smaller one at Tractor Supply, I just had to have it. As you can see, the donkeys approved of my purchase.
Meadow is a very beautiful little donkey and her coat became very short and smooth this summer (2014). I thought she looked quite lovely next to the flowers.
Donkeys are very smart animals and need to be kept occupied or bad things can happen. When bored our donkeys will eat the barn, dig deep holes in the barn, drag off hoses and brushes, and chew on the horses' tails. So we always keep lots of play things in the field for them. Our daughter gave them a small traffic cone for Christmas. This is one of their favorite toys.
Small sections of drain tile also make good toys.
Shaggy little donkeys.
We have to be very careful to latch every gate securely because the donkeys will test them daily!
This was during the first winter with them on the farm (2013-2014). Chester loves attention and a grooming session was just the thing on this cold day. Chester is about a year old here.
The fly mask was a little too big for Chester that first summer; the floppy ears looked so cute! But he quickly learned how much more comfortable he was with the mask on during fly season and was very cooperative when we went to put it on him each morning.
This is when we first got Chester and Meadow. Chester was six months old and Meadow was about seven months old. It was Easter 2013.