Cost of Keeping a Donkey

What will it cost you per year for a donkey?

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A Donkey needs to consume forage = to 1.5-2% of its body weight per day.  An average donkey weighs 500 pounds = 7.5lbs a day or 1 small bale @ 55 pounds per week or 52 small  bales a year @ $8.00 to $12.00 per bale (average $10)

 = $520

Dewormer by paste  (2 times a year)

 = $10

 Annual Vaccinations in the Spring

 = $50

 Farrier 4 times per year @$35-$50

 = $160

 Mineral supplement

 = $80

 Fly Spray

 = $20

 Carrots

 = $25

Total $865/donkey         Total Pair $1,730

Other Start up costs:

Lead Rope $15

Muck rake $12

Manure bucket or wheelbarrow $80

Fly Mask $20

Brushes $20

Hoof Pick $4

Water Tank and heater $120

Feed Bunk $78