Here they're sharing a handful of sweet feed, a sticky, yummy molasses and grain mixture. It's not really part of their usual diet --- it's a morning treat. We raise hay here, and the donkeys graze their pasture and munch on their hay bales. (I'm buying a big bag of carrots today. I believe in healthy treats!) Their previous owner recommended the sweet feed to help them adjust to us. And it worked! The first day they were eating out of my hands, and yesterday they started following me around the pasture. Otis (left) even let out a hearty hee-haw when he saw me this morning. They have a nice cozy barn and most likely sleep right together. They were raised together from babyhood. There was a beautiful photo-op that I missed when their trailer arrived; I saw two sets of ears and eyes looking out at me, and that's when I knew I had to have them!
Besides sharing their charming donkey-ness with us, they also share their pasture with rooster Fred Mertz. My head rooster Ricky Ricardo has his hens to care for, and I suppose that Fred thinks that Otis and Virgil are part of his flock.
My donkey dreams have come true. I celebrate that!