Tonie and the Donkeys

Tonie and the Donkeys



11681 s.w. TOOZE ROAD



Thursday, October 23, 2014


Our new baby Donkey arrived on June 6, 2014. He is a 32 pound baby!
His mom is a "jenny" by the name of Chocolate Suprise.
His full registered name will be Tollen Farm Chocolate Rascal.
At one month, he weighed in at 62 pounds. He is really growing fast!
At 3 + months, he is too big for me to weigh! I am guessing that he weighs about 100 pounds. He still has plenty of baby "fuzz" all over. His face and chest areas are beginning to shed out to his real coat which will be dark brown like his sire, "Cisco Kid".
Photo taken 6/29/2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Here at the farm we are waiting for the birth of our first baby mini donkey foal in 5 years.
 It's been a long while since we've had a new baby donkey around here.
With the sales of a few of the herd, it was time to breed one or two of the Jennys.
We bred Chocolate Suprise to Cisco Kid last June and she is due to foal this June.
The gestation period for a mini donkey is 360 days. At this writing, June 18th, she is
over due by 13 days.
Many Jennys take a bit longer to decide to fact one of ours took 13 months!
We will post photos of the new foal when it does arrive !
Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 8, 2014



My 2 ewes each had a set of TRIPLETS ! I write that word in capitol letters as it is that rare! Usually the "girls" each have twins. This spring they outdid themselves!
Camilla had triplets outside in the apple orchard on a sunny day and her good friend , Gracie, ended up having triplets the next morning in the barn.
When I arrived at the barn in the morning, 2 lambs were already born and the third one was not in evidence yet...After about 30 minutes, Gracie began the paw the ground and circle, a sure sign that something is unfinished! She laid down and pushed a bit but when her 2 babies began to baa, she got back up to check on them.
 I could see 2 toes sticking out . That view would be normal if there were also a nose but that was not the case. The 2 feet that I was seeing were back feet and they were upside down!
This third lamb was going to need some very quick help to make it into the world alive! I waited until the back legs were a bit farther out and then I pulled that little baby out FAST!
OK, it began to breathe ! Within about 15 minutes, it was trying to get up and trying to stand.
I knew then that it would make it!
After I made sure that all 3 new babies had been able to get a nice drink of warm milk from their mom, I left everybody alone.
I did check them later on and everybody was doing fine.
The 6 lambs are all growing and frolicking in the orchard. They   are now 3 weeks old. 
I have set up a special place in the barn where they can go to get water, grain, and hay.
 It is called a "creep"and the  ewes cannot get into the area. 
If they could get into the 'creep", they would eat up all the food that is there for the little ones.
You are welcome to come visit on the days that we are open.
Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4 April - September

Saturday, March 8, 2014


I can't tell you exactly when it happened or why, but I began to "find" slightly used cowboy/girl boots in my travels and began to collect them. I have boots from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Oregon, California, and Nevada. It seems that every time I go on a road trip, it becomes a quest to find MORE BOOTS!
There are about 11 pair in my office that I am keeping , for now anyway, and an ever growing number of pairs in the shop.The current count in the shop is about 60 pair.
 If you are looking for a good pair of used boots, you just might find some you love right here on the farm!
There are men's boots, ladies bots, kid's boots and some that work for anyone who likes them!
The great thing about most of the men's boots is that women can wear then too! That does not hold true in reverse!


Here are the new lambs enjoying the grass!