Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thinking about getting a Mini-Donkey or mini-horse?

Thinking about making a purchase of either a miniature donkey or a miniature horse? They are both very cute animals and each has its own very distinct personality traits; upkeep and feeding needs.

Most often donkeys are treated as horses with long ears. These unique creatures have distinctive behaviors when compared to horses. I have listed a few “spotlights” –

EATING: Donkeys are browsers. They nibble for a while on whatever is available, then nap, conserving their energy. They are so efficient in metabolizing their food that they can easily become obese. Feed recommendations for horses is not the way to feed a donkey. (We recommend lots of pasture/hay & minimal amounts of high quality feed. Please discuss with your veterinarian.)

Horses are grazers. They have a high metabolic rate and will graze 18 to 20 hours a day to maintain their body weight.

SICK OR PAIN: Donkey’s have a high pain threshold and can easily hide their pain. Usually by the time that the donkey is showing signs of a health problem it has already reached a chronic – and sometimes a terminal – stage. Unlike a horse, the donkey will continue to eat when they are dehydrated or sick. This is good for an animal that is a native to the desert, but not good for the owner who may not realize their donkey is sick because it continues to eat.
WHEN STARTLED: Donkeys are not easily startled. They have a keen sense of curiosity and will usually stop dead in their tracks and assess. If they run, they only go a short distance, then stop and turn to face whatever scared them before they make a decision whether to stand still or continue fleeing.

Nature provided horses with a strong flight instinct and long legs so they could run to escape predators. Horses easily startle. Horses run blind and will jump over and through any obstacle in their path.

TRAINING: Donkeys think and reason. They make decisions based on their safety. And they can learn what it is we would like for them to do if we take the time to explain it to them. The strongest instinct in a donkey is survival. Training a donkey relies on showing him through actions and words that he can trust you to protect him from harm.

Most horse training methods rely on a horse's reaction to a pecking order in the herd. The horse trainer becomes the boss horse of the herd to teach a horse to react to a cue for a particular action.

In our journeys with these wonderful animals that we care for, we have had many people exclaim they cannot believe their child just walked right up to a donkey to pet it; talk to it; or hug it (or all three!).... As if the donkey asked the child to. We have discovered that most children that are afraid or intimidated by other animals (dogs; horses (mini or large); cows...) will walk right up to a miniature donkey without a thought or hesitation. (We call it “kid-whispering” HA!)

Donkey or Horse? That is a personal decision. It is our hope that this has helped you on your decision making journey.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pictures of the Christmas Parades!

The Leipers Fork Parade was an absolutely beautiful sunny COLD, COLD day! Just like a Christmas Parade should be.  We got so wrapped up in the fun - that we didn't take pictures..... except this one that a friend snapped right before the parade started.  We took Rocky (driving Bill in the cart); Tipper and Toto to represent the donkeys.

Diana & Toto (our 28" Ambassador donkey)

The COLLEGE GROVE Christmas Parade was a Tennessee Donkey ASSociation function with only a few members attending (it is so hard to get to everything going on at this time of year).  The clouds didn't cooperate but we had a blast. We had not been in this parade before and were pleasantly surprised at how large it is.

Group picture before the parade started

Our little neighbor filled in as official "Candy Thrower"  as our grandson was sick.


Toto loaded with toys


Thursday, December 3, 2009

This is Christmas Parade Weekend!

This weekend donkeys and their people from Pooles Paradise Hill Farm will be participating in two parades. 

On Saturday (12/5) at 2pm we will be at the Village of Liepers Fork Christmas Parade. This is favorite parade of a lot of people and we love that we were invited to participate again this year (this picture is from last years parade.)

On Sunday (12/6) don't miss the College Grove Christmas Parade - it also begins at 2pm.  We hope to have several members from the Tennessee Donkey ASSociation join us at this parade to help make a big showing . This will be the first time our little donkeys have been in this parade.

I do want to mention the Spring Hill Parade.... though we will be unable to participate in this one (due to scheduling of the Liepers Fork parade) our friends from ASS ME Y Farm will be participating in their very first parade that day and would love cheerleaders! This parade is on Saturday 12/5 at 5pm. 

Hope to see you!!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Watch our Babies!

I was in the kitchen at 630 this morning pouring myself a cup of coffee and I looked out the window and there was quite a show going on.....  I grabbed the video cam and ran out on the deck (Brrr!!!) and this video is what I got.  (BIG SMILE!)

Hope you enjoy as much as I have.... CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tennessee Donkey ASSociation Awards Banquet 2009 - Sat 11.14.09

It was a beautiful day for fellowship with members of the Tennessee Donkey ASSociation. We met at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin for a wonderful meal catered by one of our members and had our awards banquet. 

The awards were spread out thru members of the club - as we had new members that participated in the programs that TDA offers.  (to see a list of all winners, go to the TDA website)

Bill and his buddy ROCKY (Engmans Rocky Rococco) took home two awards!  Both for driving. Bill and Rocky spend a lot of time together driving at show competitions; in parades or just on the back roads around our farm.  Bill was very surprised!


(award presented to Bill by TDA President Lydia Spears)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: The Cabin at Cedar Run Farm

Want a place to get away for a few days?

New friends of ours (and donkey lovers) are the proprieters of a great getaway cabin in the beautiful hills of Liepers Fork - just outside Franklin, TN.

The cabin is a fully restored log home that was originally built around 1840.  You can find letters written during the Civil War by the cabin's original owner hanging on the wall of the cabin, along with other documents that trace the familys history back to building the original cabin.

Visit their website at:


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank You Veterans!

Our family is full of veterans - husband, dad, grandfather, uncles, cousins and sons! Couldn't let the day slip by with out sending a big THANK YOU to all that have served our country.


Friday, November 6, 2009

A Quiet Sun, a Cold Winter

(from the Old Farmer's Almanac)... calling for a colder-than-normal winter. One contributing factor is sunspots—or the lack of them!

This year and next, sunspot activity will be very, very light. Whenever this phenomenon has occurred in the past, the result has been a cooling influence on Earth. Solar experts believe that the Sun will remain calm for another year.See sunspot activity for 2009.

Robert B. Thomas, who founded this Almanac in 1792, believed that weather on Earth was influenced by sunspots and solar radiation. Sunspots are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun. Click here to read “What Are Sunspots?

To this day, the Almanac uses three disciplines to predict the weather: meteorology, climatology, and solar activity. (See How We Predict the Weather.)

If you’re interested in learning more about the Sun’s effect on our climate, read “The Influence of Solar Activity on the Weather.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Living out on the farm, we aren't used to seeing trick-or-treaters. What a cute surprise to have a visit from Shrek & Donkey!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


What a day! The weather was gorgeous, the hayrides were fun and the donkeys all behaved! Add a ton of friends (and new friends) to share the day with - and wow!

Thanks to everyone that has sent pictures to us - keep them coming. I will update the slideshow as I get them. Special thanks to our friend Lynn for spending the day away from her family to capture images of our day. Great friend!

In addition to enjoying s'mores; hayrides ( hosted by neighbors Pete & Jack); visiting with others and playing with donkeys, we asked a few of our friends to "show off"....

Heidi & Rod Trusler of Rolling Hills Farm told folks about their farm - specializing in pasture based products, including all natural grass-fed beef. Heidi has also published an adorable donkey-themed childrens book and had them ready for purchase.

Lucy Hatcher of Hatcher Family Dairy (Hatchers even does the processing) gave out samples of their yummy milk (even one of our cats got some!) and told about their farm tours.

And, Bonnie of Bonnies Barnyard walked around handing out Moon-pies and answering questions about her business (the best feed-store!)

To top off the day, the donkeys dressed-up (with lots of helpers) and held a parade to show off their cotour. It was truly a "catwalk", donkeywalk - like no other.

And finally, lest we forget... The Braying Contest! Though we did not have many takers - every single one did a superlative impression of a HEE-HAW! Great going!

....and we are blessed!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wasting Hay?

Are you tired of wasting hay? We were! Last year Bill & I went on a "quest" to find a better way. We watched our donkeys pull hay out of the mangers on to the ground, tromp on on it, poop on it.... you get the picture. Seemed to waste more than ever went in their mouths.
Came across a website that is a spin-off from a "natural horse" site, discussing SLOW FEEDERS. Peeked our interest! Wanting to try something without having to do much experimenting, we ordered small mesh hay bags. OH MY GOSH! These things are the bomb! The openings in the mesh are 1"x1" (versus 4" of a regular hay bag).
We have been using the bags for almost a year now, and the donkeys prefer the bags over any other - even loose on the ground!
The process of filling the bags is a little time consuming. We have been reading up on ways to add the bags to the bottom of barrels, etc to make "feeders" out of them. If we try anything successfully, will post it here later.
You can purchase the bags on the Internet. We get ours at Smith Brothers and they have held up very well.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Need more donkeys? There is always room for more!

We just updated our FOR SALE page to include some "buddy" pairings at discounted pricing.

We are offering PAINT ME FLASHY and her little sister IT'S ALL ABOUT ME together and also SHEA BAHA BURRO and her foal KICK THE HABIT together. Give them a look and feel free to call us for a visit!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What a temperature change!

Bill and I were JUST chatting that it was going to be a cool fall and cold winter because the donkeys are already fuzzy-wuzzys! Sure enough...... it is 44 degree's this morning! Woo-Wee!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HA! Out of control around here!

Yesterday was a crazy work day and we didn't get home until almost 7. With it being premier night of so many tv programs we NEEDED to enjoy a couple of them to unwind. So..... the donkeys said it would be okay to wait 30 minutes or so to feed them. (they're the best, I tell ya!)

We use one of our stalls as a "creep" feed stall for the babies and I had re-filled their feed pans and had gone out to do the rest of the chores. Stopped by to check on our fuzzies and apparently they have added a new "fuzzy" to their gang!

The picture below was taken in terrible light with my blackberry - but as you can see, our barn cat, Bella Boo-Boo kitty has now joined the "Fuzzy Gang"! HA! We have caught her sneaking a morsel or two before, but apparently she even has her own pan now.

Crazy around here I tell ya! Just wild! Hope your day begins as happy as ours ended watching this scene!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The "purpose" of the ADMS Registry

(reprinted from THE BRAYER Vol #42 10/2009 by ADMS Staff)

What does "registered" mean? The work of a registry is multi-faceted Horses are registered so that there are pedigrees - a verifiable record - of the parentage of an animal. Reviewing a pedigree can allow the breeder and future purchasers of an animal's offspring to avoid inbreeding (which in itself can lead to severe genetic defects) to see what colors and sizes were in an animal's background (heights being essential in any breed that uses height limits as a criteria) and for owners/breeders/buyer to make intelligent decisions when planning future breedings. If you are planning on breeding Miniatures with heights averaging 32", it makes no sense to use animals that are over 35", with four generations of 35" tall animals in their background.

Working with breeders, a registry also has a goal of making sure that animals in the registry are an improvement on their breed.

Recording such things as known color, mature heights, animals which have bite issues, and lines with certain conformation aspects (long backs, swaybacks, dwarfism) can build a picture of the breed as a whole.

Some registries (such as some warmblood breeds, and even the Poitevin/Mulassier) have approval procedures (inspections) where all horses of both genders must be inspected for conformation and even ability (such as jumping, form in-hand) before they are given a breeding license and some also require that the foals must be inspected for registration. These registries may give a provisional or temporary number to the offspring, then advance them once they have passed their testing. This means that weanling foals are presented alongside their mothers. They are evaluated on conformation and the way they move. If they don't have the right paperwork to even start the process (id, parent verified with DNA) they might not be able to have foal evaluation and therefore never have a chance to make it as far as the Breeding Studbook. Complicated? Absolutely.

ADMS as a registry keeps track of pedigrees, of heights and colors, and requires minimal inspection of donkeys. Geldings and mules are exempt from inspection since they are non-reproducing animals. While ADMS (as do most registries) allows animals with BOTH registered parents to be admitted into the book without inspection, it is asked that the bite of teeth and the status of testicles be reported in breeding age jacks. NO registry will accept cryptorchid or monorchid breeding males - nor should they. These are inherited defects, and males will pass it along to their offspring, they should not be used even for breeding mules, as it can lead to more prolonged and complicated surgery in their male offspring. The bite of the teeth is also an inherited factor, and it can be traced through lines where a jack sired offspring with bad bites.

In short, a registry can help the owners with a vast amount of information about the animals they are purchasing and breeding. Each time an animal is sold without being registered, another piece of important genetic information is lost.

Please register your foals as soon as they are born, instead of waiting until they are several months old (and awaiting export, or going to a show, or already sold to a new buyer). This helps keep paperwork running smoothly, and the numbers current.

Members may not be aware that statistical data about the horse industry (which includes donkeys and mules) is taken from direct polling of registries. The USDA and other agencies discount unregistered numbers. While we know that there are 4-5 unregistered animals for each that is in the ADMS books, the numbers we are polled on in general (how many total in your registry, how many new registered last year) show only those that actually have papers. If there is budget involved for farmers, ranchers, breeders, etc, it's based only on actual, not projected numbers.

Do you have Pets, Types, Landrace, or BREED? What do your record books look like? Could your family or children find your paperwork?

Registered is not just a piece of paper. It's a history of your breed, of your animal in specific, and part of a network of family and genetic records. While the paper itself is of marginal importance -it's a title, like a car title— it's the information that is holds that is vital. If you sell your animals as "Registered", be sure you already have that paper. This means your donkey(s) or mules will already have been added into the ever-growing database of information. Help your breed, keep their future possible, and support your registry with accurate, timely paperwork.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Miniature Donkey Show at the Tennessee State Fair!

This Saturday, September 19th, is the NMDA Miniature Donkey Show at the Tennessee State Fair. The show will be held in the "Mule Pulling Shed" Starts at 9am!

Bill and I will be showing a couple of our donkeys in several different classes.

Here is a link to the Fair's website.

We love cheerleaders! Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Firecracker The Miniature Donkey Makes A Marvelous Choice

Our friends over at Rolling Hill's Farm have just written and published a wonderful childrens book! Visit their website to learn more!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Last foal for 2009 getting close!

Loretta, our mystery due date jennet, has cloudy+ milk this morning. What that means is (usually, haha) anytime in the next 2 days she should foal.

This picture was taken a couple of weeks ago, she has been just miserable.
As always, we invite you to our barn via webcam to help us watch. Loretta will have access to her paddock and stall during the day, unless I think things are progressing. You will also see TEXAS coming and going in the back stall. She is in a separate paddock, but she and Loretta can keep each other company. Click here to view the birthing stall.
To read the most up to date information about Loretta, make sure to visit and read her thread on Because people from all over the world help watch our jennets via the webcam, it is better for me to post on this message board. Click here to read her thread.

Friday, August 14, 2009

WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: Shoo fly, don't bother me!

If you have animals.... you have flies! In the past, we have spent time every day during the summer spraying our donkeys with spray to keep the biting flies away from them.

Last winter, I read an article about FLY PREDATORS and both Bill and I were intrigued. Decided to try them out for a few months, somewhat skeptical that they worked. WOW, do they work!

Click here to view Spalding Labs website. It is very informative and explains how the non-stinging wasps take care of the pesty flies.

Also, if you have animals that are not shown on the website, call them. They were very helpful to me in assessing the best quanity of flies and the schedule of mailing them to us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Step Asside Girls.... she's comin' thru!

Well, Mia is our "drama queen" of the year! She had folks from all over watching her barncam for 2 days! But finally, her little one said..... "it's time!" And it was my birthday donkey! A cute little smoky black girl!

I took this video on my blackberry, so the quality isn't the best. But at 30 hours old, you can see she is not a "fainting flower"!

To see pictures and get her stats, Click Here!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Mia on foal watch!

Mia (PPHFarm's Ketch Me if You Kan) is on foal watch. When checked at 730am this morning she had white milk. At the moment (945am CT) she is not showing any imminent signs so she still has free access to her paddock. I will not close her in the stall until she looks like she is in early labor as she really dislikes being locked in.

To watch the barn cam, go to:

The most up-to-date information on Mia is at:


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Williamson County Fair starts this weekend!

The fair starts this weekend and POOLES PARADISE HILL FARM's Miniature Donkeys will be there! A few months ago we were contacted by the 4-H department. They wanted Miniature Donkeys represented in the "Childrens Barnyard" for the duration of the fair. The barnyard is more than a petting zoo, its an educational area too! We are so excited to help out.
Come on by and support the barnyard and give our donkeys a pet when you come thru! We will be there a couple times per day to check in - but the 4-H club is taking care of all their needs, so we don't have to be there the whole time. Such a great set-up!
Click Here to visit the Williamson County Fair's website.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

It's a tyger-spotted boy!

Well, it happened again! These July babies just "shoot" out - no drama at all - except watching Bill and I try to get our "catchers-mitt" on fast enough! HA!

Introducing PPHFarm's Kick the Habit, born 7.31.09 at 2:38pm!

Kicks has his dam's personality and has been so comical to watch at this early age. Take a look on our barn-cam! Do it quick, as we will be moving donkeys around this week with another jennet due next weekend.
Kicks and his mom (Shea Baha Burro) are offered for sale as a package deal. We may change our mind, so if you are looking for some cuties to add to your pasture, call us quick! 615.807.3848

This picture is one I snapped with my phone - hope to get some great pics later today and they will be posted on our farm website.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Shea Baha Burro (aka Burgerdoodle) on foal watch!

Burgerdoodle had cloudy to 2% milk at 11:30am today. She is a maiden jennet so she may not go by the rules..... but she is should be about 24-30 hours out from foaling. We are excited to see if this will be a spotted baby like her!

Burgerdoodle and her foal are for sale, so if you want a ready-made pet package, this is a good one! You can even name the foal!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Equine "Passports" Now Available in Tennessee

To help ease the current health certificate restrictions on moving equine out of state for fairs, exhibitions and trail rides, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently approved our state's participation in a voluntary regional "passport" program. To read more about the program, go to:


Monday, July 27, 2009

Bedford County Fair - Miniature Donkey Show 7.25.09

Had a blast at the show this past Saturday. It was sunny and very warm.... but had a great breeze so it was easily tolerable!

Friday, July 24, 2009

"Burgerdoodle" in front stall

Comical "Burgerdoodle (PPHFarm's Shea Baha Burro) is now in the front stall under the barn cam. She is due this next week and all signs point to her foaling on time. But, only time will tell won't it?
In case you don't look at our website, Burgerdoodle and her foal are for sale! If you would like to raise a baby - this is a great deal! As soon as the foal is 2 weeks old, Burger and baby can travel "home" and can be enjoyed by the family. If interested, give us a call at 615.807.3848!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009


If you have been watching our barncam then you already know this service. was created to provide people with a window into the magical and exciting world of equine birth. has been a God-send to so many farms all over the world! As farm owners, we can hook our barn cams up and feed them thru to the internet be viewed by anyone. Many people have become such great barnsitters by keeping cams in the corner of their computer screen and peeking in from time to time. This allows the owner to rest a little easier knowing that others are watching the beloved animal.
I personally have experienced the wonderful help of Marestare - either by allowing me to get a little much needed rest (many people in Europe watch during their daytime) and last summer I had a foal saved by someone watching!
Though the name is MARESTARE, this service is used by farms and breeders of all sorts of animals - donkeys; dogs; goats and sheep to name a few! Check them out, maybe you can help watch for someone..... or use the service yourself!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Barn cam is back - it's foaling marathon time!

Well it is time for our farm's "marathon"! Over the next 3-1/2 weeks we have three jennets due.

First up is Katie, our beautiful light sorrel. She is bred to a gorgeous red jack and is due 7.25.09. She has a pretty good bag going and looks like she will be pretty timely. Katie will be closed up in the front "birthing" stall at night, and will usually have free access to the paddock area during the day, until she bears a closer watch.

We have some finish work to do on the new "back" stall. It doesn't have a light or the doors on it yet, but by the weekend, Shea Baha Burro (aka BurgerDoodle)will also be shut in at night as she is due 7.30 and is a maiden. She is a spot and has more white on her than the other spot you will see. . She is a maiden jennet and is bred to our solid black herdsire PMF King Coal.

For reference, the other jennets you will see "sashaying" thru the back stall are: Ketch Me if You Kan (aka Mia) a beautiful grey jennet bred to our black herdsire. She is due 8.10. And the mostly gray spot is Loretta. She was aquired from a farm that pasture bred. We believe she is due around late September or early October. Time will tell with her.
Thank you so much for visiting our barn! We really do appreciate any help you give! Never, ever hesitate to call us if you question something that doesn't look "right" to you. We will never be upset for a false alarm. (Marestarers saved a foal for me last year!!!!)
I will be keeping the barncam messageboard updated, to view (and post) on it, go to:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

We are recovering!

Bill and I have not done anything except one-day shows since owning our miniature donkeys. So, "the Celebration" was quite an experience! This is a three day event and classes were held for donkeys of all sized and for mules.

Rocky and Bill put in a great showing in driving classes. Bill was most thrilled with his 5th place winning in Reinsmanship. This is a class where the driver (Bill) is the one judged - not the donkey. Bill has never exhibited in reinsmanship prior to this.... and he decides to give it a try at the National level. (Never say Bill is a wilted flower! HAHA) He beat a couple of pro's in this class and has been on cloud nine ever since! Way to go Bill!

This is a picture of Diana & Diva (PPHfarm's Paint Me Flashy) in her first ACOSA (American Council of Spotted Asses) 3-year old and under halter class. Judge placed her 7th out of 11. Not what we had hoped for, but there were only 2 weanling's in the class - so, we chalk it up to experience and fun!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Why our cams are down

I have gotten several emails in the last week asking about our barn cam. We are in the midst of a major project of renovating our maternity ward.

Up to now, our jennets foaling dates were spaced out enough that we never needed to watch more than one at a time. However, this year, we have 3 jennets due to foal in the same week!

So, we are making changes to "the ward" to be able to better watch them on the cam. It has taken us longer than anticipated as the weather has been extremely hot and this week we are readying a few of our donkeys for the Celebration show at the end of next week.

The cam will be back up and working on the internet as soon as possible. I will notify everyone when it is and will really appreciate any help in watching that you are able to do!

For Sale Page is Updated

If you have been waiting and wanting for a miniature donkey - now is a great time to buy! Poole's Paradise Hill Farm has several sweet donkeys for sale and we are about to be swamped with more babies this next month. We are out of room!
This is your good fortune as we have lowered our asking price for several donkeys to get them in happy homes quickly! Give us a call at 615.807.3848 to schedule a visit soon!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show - July 7-9

Thursday July 7th through Saturday July 9th is the NMDA (National Miniature Donkey ASSociation) and the ACOSA (American Council of Spotted Asses) NATIONAL CELEBRATION Show in Shelbyville, TN.

We will be showing a few of our donkeys each day and will have some of our babies on display. Come see us, we are in Barn 9!

Here is a link to all the class information and directions to the venue:


Monday, June 22, 2009

Permanent ID for Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys

We have been receiving quite a few phone calls and emails about different ways to prepare for the new identification requirement for registering miniature donkeys with ADMS. Below is the information taken straight from the ADMS website. At the end of the info. I will describe what Poole's Paradise Hill Farm is doing.

from ADMS... Please note the wording for the MDR registration requirements as of JAN 2010 reads:Donkeys will be required to have some form of PERMANENT ID (Microchip, tattoo, freeze brand, DNA on file) by this date. Microchips are strongly suggested. Freeze brands, such as angle brand used by the BLM, are a more visible alternative. ADMS wishes to remind breeders and owners that when the MDR was founded by Mrs. Langfeld in the 1950s, a Lip Tattoo or Brand was REQUIRED for registration of animals. This ruling was later phased out as people did not wish to Hot-brand their animals, and it was found that lip tattoos faded and became illegible over time.

The Registry realizes that not every person, breeders, vet, nor sale barn has a microchip reader. This is one reason that microchips are not being specified as the only form of acceptable ID. However, the cost of readers has decreased substantially over the past ten years. ADMS will not recommend any one brand of chips, as there are already multiple types in use.

What is required is that the brand, location, and individual ID number be stated on the registration papers. Normal locations are: Left nuchal ligament. Back base left ear. Front base left ear. Back base right ear. Right luchal ligament. The first three listed are the preferred areas, as they are the most commonly used. Multi-chip readers can be found on the internet, and your vet may also be able to receive one at a discounted price.

PPHfarm has chosen to use micro-chipping as its form of permanent ID on its donkeys. Though the requirement does not go in to effect until 2010, we are already chipping our herd. We have chosen to use the AVID pre-loaded micro-chip system and have found it to be working very well.

After speaking to our personal veterinarian and others outside the area. We are also placing our microchip in the left nuchal ligament. There has been much discussion about this in our local club, with members concerned that during breeding that the herdsire may bite the jennet in the area of the chip and cause issues. When I discussed this with these vets, all of them stated the same thing:

1) That once the chip is placed in the nuchal ligament, it will form a scar tissue. And that the ligament is so dense that it is virtually impossible to cause an issue.

2) When the chip is placed in this area, it will not move due to the density of the ligament.

3) One other note is that virtually all horse registries require the chip in the left nuchal ligamant. So, by chance a donkey is lost/ goes on a walkabout or is stolen, most vets are going to scan the left nuchal ligament and may not find the chip if it has been placed in a different area.

We don't want to state our way is the only way and the correct way. Please educate yourself as we did and do what you feel is right for your program.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Nothing much to report, just checking in

Bill and I somehow or another figured out how to take almost a week off and leave the farm for the beautiful weather of Green Bay, WI this past week. It was just what we needed... and we celebrated a 50th birthday of Bill's buddy from the navy! What fun!

However, here we are back and temperatures are soaring! It is 92 degrees as I write this! I think we need a big fan from WI to blow their temps down this way. But all the creatures except the humans are tolerating it well.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Donkey Day Expo 2009 - Good turn-out!

Donkey Day Expo was held 6.06.09 at the Maury County Park in Columbia Tennessee. What a beautiful day to hold a function!

The crowds were a little down from what we expected, but all in all, GREAT DAY!

There were very informative clinics to with information on "WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MINIATURE DONKEY?" to MICROCHIPPING and Teaching Your Donkey to drive a Cart!

We also had about 30 craft and flea market vendors to help you spend your money!

Bill and I decided that we should have become a dealer for the Carri-lite Corrals (see the picture.) We purchased ours last year and several of the farms showed up with them this year! :-)

Below are some snaps of the day! Thanks again for everyones hard work!