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08 February 2017

Gorgeous baby donkey arrives at Redwings

We love donkeys here at Redwings so we are super excited to have three new long-eared arrivals, including an adorable two-week-old foal! 
The owner of this adorable family was struggling to look after them due to ill health so we offered a home to baby Amos, along with his mum Matilda and dad Jeremiah.
Donkeys have very complex care needs and love living in a group with friends, so we always offer them a home at the Sanctuary if they need one. 
Amos is so tiny that when they arrived he had to be carried from the horse box into his stable. After trying on his new teeny rug he quickly settled in and has been playing around in his shavings! 
Click here to see the whole family arriving!

 

31 January 2017

Ducks go ice skating!

It has been rather chilly recently and the ducks who live at Redwings HQ in Norfolk have been out ice skating on our pond! 
But don’t be quackers and try this yourself, frozen ponds can be very dangerous. 
Often the ice is much thinner than it looks and would crack if someone stood on it. The water is also so freezing that if you fell in, you definitely wouldn’t be able to swim. 
Thankfully, our ducks are very light and are used to the freezing water so were having lots of fun sliding around…and we had lots of fun watching them!
 

 

23 January 2017

Donkeys in Winter!

Pictured are the donkeys at Redwings Caldecott enjoying some fresh grass in the winter sun, but did you know donkeys actually don’t like winter very much?! This is because they originate from hotter countries and so are not as well-equipped as their horsey cousins to deal with cold, wet weather. 
Unlike horses, which have oily waterproof coats, donkeys hate rain as water doesn’t easily run off them and they can get really cold. Imagine standing out in the rain for a day with no waterproof jacket on! Their hooves are also prone to abscesses and other problems, which wet weather can aggravate. 
All our donkeys at Redwings have a shelter so they can go inside and be protected from the wind and rain on wintery days. However, our donkey herd at our Caldecott centre wouldn’t all fit in a field shelter as we have over 20 living together – so we have a big donkey barn for them! 
If you’re lucky enough to visit Redwings Caldecott you can see the huge barn which provides a nice protected place for our donkeys to snuggle up and keep warm! Click here to watch a cute video of the donks in the barn having a good ‘ole chat about the nasty weather!  
 

 

08 September 2016

What is a mineral lick?

If you’ve visited a Redwings Visitor Centre you might have noticed that there is something in the horses’ paddocks that looks a little like a brick. It is in fact a specially made mineral lick that contains some of the nutrients that horses need to stay healthy. It’s like a horsey lollipop full of mineral goodness!
The minerals horses need include calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, plus many more. Although they don’t need very much of each mineral, if they don’t get enough they could become poorly.
Most of the minerals that horses need can be found in their natural diet – grass! As grass grows it draws all the mineral goodness up from the soil and horses can live quite happily without needing anything other than grass.
But in some areas the soil can be low in certain minerals affecting the mineral content of the grass, and in hot weather horses produce more sweat, which means they may lose some of these important minerals too; therefore, mineral licks act as a ‘top-up’ on the minerals the horses get from the grass. So mineral licks are another way we keep our horses happy and healthy at Redwings and as you can see from our photo, a lot of our residents love them!