Saturday, June 14

Saturday Farm Photo: Grass Fed Donkeys

Daphne & Dan by the Front Field Last September

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  1. Have all the lambs given birth?

  2. Bet the sheep are SO grateful you sheared 'em early and well. Heat is pretty hard hitting this year - especially after our lovely cool rainy summer last year. Weather changes for which we can be grateful! Sweet donkey pictures - we are cutting back on livestock or I'd be pestering DH about an eeyone of my own. Thanks for the pastoral pic!

  3. But but... I thought Daphne was due in April??

  4. I was going to ask the same question: Have all the lambs been born by now? If not, how many left to go?

  5. Is Dan a miniature donkey? What about the girls?

  6. Hi CJ & Barb,
    Yes, I think all the lambs have finally been born! We have one ewe who didn't give birth (Annette - who is Cary's birth mother), but it looks like she isn't pregnant. I've been meaning to write a lambing season wrap up post with a photo of the last lamb to be born (a real cutie pie), but haven't gotten to it yet. Hopefully soon!

    Hi LindaSue,
    I know I'm grateful we had the sheep sheared early! It's a pain trying to coordinate getting them sheared in February because the weather (and took so many reschedulings this year they actually didn't get sheared until March), but is SO much better for all of us.

    Oh, one little donkey wouldn't be any trouble. I think you should definitely get one. ; )

    Hi CM,
    I thought Daphne was due in April, too, but - contrary to what they told us in school - apparently it doesn't always happen the first time. ; ) That's fine with me, though, because Daphne was just a year old when we got her, and it wasn't until after Dan had, um, nailed her, that I learned it's really better for female donkeys to be two years old before breeding them because before that they're still just kids - both physically and mentally. Though Dolores was only two years old when Dinky was born, and she did just great with him - she's really a wonderful mother.

    Hi Sasha,
    Dan isn't technically a miniature donkey, though he is on the small side. I don't know the exact size 'regulations' for miniature donkeys, though I know some are about 28 inches tall, whereas Dan is about 41 inches.

    Daphne and Dolores, on the other hand, are full size donkeys. Dolores' son, Dinky, is already bigger than Dan (he's not Dinky's father), and I assume he'll be full size, too. I can't wait to see what Daphne and Dan's baby looks like!


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