How about five of them?
It's not as bad as it sounds. Really!
Since I am a Satellite Adoption Center for Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, the Rescue sends me all of the meds I need for the donkeys in my care. I love this. I received this cute box in the mail that had these little, single-serving, plastic cups with worming medicine in it:
And these helpful directions:
Despite the picture showing various injection sites, I was ever so grateful that one doesn't do injections for worming. I was equally relieved that I didn't have to do the paste wormer. That's the stuff that comes in a long, plastic syringe thingy that you have to stick in the backs of their mouths and squirt down their throats:
Now, maybe some people's donkeys will stand still for this squirting-in-the-mouth sort of thing, but my donkeys run at the mere sight of the fly spray bottle. There is no way they're going to let me put some big plastic thing with foul tasting medicine in their mouths.
So, still feeling extremely fortunate, I followed the instructions. Based upon their weight, I choose the appropriate number of plastic containers and pour the worming medicine on top of a bit of sweet feed (they LOVE this):
The sweet feed is a very special treat, as they normally only get grass hay and occasional treat carrots, watermelon, etc. Donkeys are very prone to weight issues, so I monitor their intake pretty closely. After adding the medicine, I mixed it up a bit, just so it wasn't sitting right on top, looking all medicinal and such:
I thought for a minute Brownie was on to me:
But then he and Ian settled right in and practically moaned with delight over getting a bit of grain:
My son, Aidan, monitored the other donkeys who were getting their grain (tee hee - worming medicine) in the stalls. We separated everybody so we could ensure they each got the appropriate amount:
Aidan's friend, Chris, assisted Ian in getting the last little bit (sheesh - look at the dust covering my camera lens - ugh):
Ta daaaa...absolutely painless. It was over and done in virtually no time and I was amazed:
Donkeys need to be wormed every three months, so this will become a regular part of the routine here on Critter Farm.