Donkeys in the cold

Discussion in 'Equine' started by BSA1, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

    Messages:
    20
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    I was wondering I just bought 2 donkeys at an auction, I am really worried about them right now because its raining ice and its going to start snowing plus its windy I have not been able to get them in with my horses yet because I have to work with them one of my mares is pretty bossy and the donkeys are pretty skitish so I cant get near them yet anyways they do not have shelter they are in the middle of my yard in a pen theres a few windblocks thats keeping them out of the direct wind but it still worries me. Can donkeys handle being out in the cold without any protection? I just do not know what to do, please any advice would be great.
     
  2. fishhead

    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    15,006
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2006
    Location:
    northcentral MN
    Can you add a temporary roof to one of the windbreaks? Maybe some kind of lean-to.
     

  3. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

    Messages:
    20
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    I don't have anything to do that with the wind block is a shed and a garage. All I have are tarps. The roads are to bad to go anywhere, I dunno what to do I feel so bad.
     
  4. Cheribelle

    Cheribelle Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    2,541
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2007
    Location:
    S.E. Iowa
    Put them in the garage?
     
  5. jill.costello

    jill.costello Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,540
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2004
    Location:
    Ocala, FL
    Wind + icy water equals hypothermia...I would put them in the garage. Whatever mess they make can be cleaned up, but you will feel terrible if they go down and need a vet.

    Could you attach a large tarp to the side of a building and run it out to 2 poles or tee-posts as a lean-to type roof??
     
  6. beccachow

    beccachow Animal Addict Supporter

    Messages:
    12,211
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Location:
    Maryland
    Jill has a great idea. I actually made an extra stall out of the overhang of my barn with tarps stapled to the barn itself. I had three horses, two stalls, and one of the horses was really old and infirm. I left him the tarped part, left it like that for the entire winter. It was noticeably warmer in there, and the tarps protected from all wetness. They were the heavy canvas type, so no fear from flapping tarps. Durng exceptionally bad weather, I stalled two and left good old JD out in the bigger enclosed area, they were right next to each other the whole time. Lots of hay for everyone, they were happy as can be.

    If you really can't get them out of the weather, lots and lots of hay.
     
  7. bergere

    bergere Just living Life

    Messages:
    8,277
    Joined:
    May 11, 2002
    Location:
    Now in Virginia
    This is Ella the Jenny. She hated the rain, cold and snow.. would shiver up a storm.
    She would bellow at me non stop until she got her mid weight waterproof turn out. She would help me put it on for her and heave a big happy sigh once it was on.

    [​IMG]

    Many donkey's can't handle freezing rain and snow.
     
  8. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

    Messages:
    20
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    I put up a tarp on one side and I am going to put a roof on it when I get some help tonite, thanks for all the advise and I forgot to say the temperature here is about 35 degrees so I don't no if that makes a difference or not but I thought I would mention it.
     
  9. Jackie

    Jackie Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,477
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2008
    Location:
    Northern Saskatchewan
    A lot of people dont realize this, but donkeys DO NOT do cold. They are designed for hot weather, not cold. When its really windy donkeys will actually stand out of the wind and refuse to eat unless hay is brought to them. Mine have windbreaks, and shelters depending on where they are.

    That temp normally wouldn't bother a donkey, but ad rain and wind and its bad. :( Mine are ok in -40 with no blanket as long as they can get out of the wind. Obviously no rain at that temp! loL!
     
  10. horsepoor21

    horsepoor21 Wyn~D Farm Supporter

    Messages:
    971
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Location:
    North Eastern Montana *FINALLY*
    My BLM (from North Dakota) donkey must be the exception ! He doesn't mind the cold at all . He does have a loafing shed he can go into . I never cater to the animals , they can come out and eat or I guess they'll just miss a meal . LOL They all ,always come out no matter what the weather .
     
  11. BSA1

    BSA1 Member

    Messages:
    20
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2010
    Well I put up a homemade lean to with a tarp and a panel and it worked they go in and out of it and I fed them in it last night but they chose not to stay in it so at least I tried maybe they like the cold lol.
     
  12. Witterbound

    Witterbound Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    317
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    35 degrees just doesn't sound that cold to me. Cattle, horses, and mules survive in much much colder temperatures without shelter. I've got a run in for my horse and mule, and they would rather be out in the open, even at night when the temperatures fall to near zero.
     
  13. 2fat2fly

    2fat2fly Member

    Messages:
    7
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2011
    Zero..............I wish. -45 out with the windchill right now.
     
  14. southerngurl

    southerngurl le person Supporter

    Messages:
    6,244
    Joined:
    May 11, 2003
    Location:
    Arkansas
    I have been known to put oil on my horses. Just rubbed it in my hands and wiped it on real lightly. But this has to be done before they get wet. It will help them shed rain longer. Freezing rain is the only thing I have to worry about for them would rather have snow for sure!
     
  15. Rogo

    Rogo Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,242
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2006
    I can only speak for my own donkeys -- miniature, standard and Mammoth. They grow/shed their coat for whatever the weather is. Never had any problems. Like all my stock, they're not confined but roam free within the perimeter fence and find their own comfort zones.
     
  16. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,830
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2003
    Location:
    NY
    I too have three mini donkeys. One is 6 months old. They have a shed but often are soaked with ice icicles hanging off their eyelashes. They seem to be ok. Lots of hay keeps the internal furnace going.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. wr

    wr Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    Messages:
    16,155
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Location:
    Alberta, Canada
    If you're fork feeding, it's important to adjust your feed during cold weather.
     
  18. arabian knight

    arabian knight Miniature Horse lover Supporter

    Messages:
    24,735
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Location:
    West Central WI.
    or just bring him in the house.
    Charley Says hi.
    [​IMG]
     
  19. LisaInN.Idaho

    LisaInN.Idaho Naturally Twirly Supporter

    Messages:
    14,528
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2004
    Location:
    far north Idaho
    but you do live in the Arizona desert. Not a place known for it's freezing rain.
     
  20. Rogo

    Rogo Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,242
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2006
    === but you do live in the Arizona desert. Not a place known for it's freezing rain. ===


    The desert can be warm in the winter during the day, but you can freeze your butt off at night. There are times we go below freezing at night and some days aren't so warm.

    Granted, the critters aren't piled over with snow where I live, but there's areas here that are. I've been told the snow is an insulator and keeps them warm. Wouldn't work for THIS human! -LOL-

    I have loafing sheds (3 sides and a roof) and the critters can get out of the weather if they choose to.

    When the winter coats start growing in, I know just what kind of winter we're going to have. Our winters have been getting colder every year and their winter coats have been getting thicker and thicker every year.

    I'd like my old Arizona back.