Can Donkeys Eat Grapes? (Answered)

by Kloee Ngozi
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Like many of the donkey owners, you have some fun creating your donkey and giving it what you know they like.

This often takes the shape of sweet treatments such as apples, carrots, and other vegetables or fruits.

Donkeys, as herbivores, may without any negative effect eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, but are grapes in these foods?

Grapes are tasty, beneficial treatments for a man, and fortunately for your donkey, they are safe also.

If you were mumbling on grapes and wanted to have the pleasure of sharing with your equine mate, you are lucky.

But while the grapes make a good occasion, they should not be a staple in the diet of your horse.

What Are The Benefits of Feeding Grapes to Donkeys?

Can Donkeys Eat Grapes

Grapes were farmed for thousands of years and treasured for use in wine production by various ancient cultures.

Many varieties of grapes are available, including green, red, black, yellow, and pink. They cultivate in clusters and are available in seedless variants.

Grapes are planted worldwide, including Southern Europe, Africa, Australia, and North and South America, in moderate conditions.

The bulk of grapes cultivated in the United States come from California.

Because of their high nutrient and antioxidant content, grapes offer a variety of health benefits.

Here are 5 benefits of feeding grapes to your donkeys

1. Enriched with the goodness, vitamins C and K in particular

In numerous vital nutrients, grapes are high.

The following nutrients are in one cup (151 grams) of red or green grapes

One cup (151 grams) of vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin essential for blood coagulation and healthy bones, supplies a fifth of the RDI.

They are also a good source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient and a strong antioxidant for the health of connective tissues.

2. High antioxidant content can prevent chronic conditions

Antioxidants, for example, are chemicals found in plants. They help to repair cell damage produced by free radicals that are damaging chemicals that cause oxidative stress.

Several chronic disorders including diabetes, cancer, and cardiac ailments have been connected with oxidative stress

In several potent antioxidant chemicals, grapes are high. This fruit has identified more than 1600 useful plant components

The skin and seeds have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Therefore, most studies on grapes were carried out with seed or skin extracts

Red grapes are more antioxidant since they are colored with anthocyanins

Even after fermentation, antioxidants in raisins survive, which is why Red Wine is similarly strong in these components

Resveratrol, which is classed as polyphenol, is one of the antioxidants in this fruit.

Many investigations of its advantages have demonstrated that resveratrol protects against cardiovascular disease, reduces blood sugar, and protects against cancer growth.

Grapes also include the strong antioxidants C, beta-carotene, quercetin, lutein, lycopene, and ellagic acid.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on can donkeys eat lettuce?

3. It helps reduce Cholesterol

Cluster compounds can help guard against excessive levels of cholesterol by reducing the absorption of cholesterol.

A study in 69 patients with high cholesterol showed a decreased total and a “bad” LDL cholesterol in three cups (500 grams) of red grapes each day throughout eight weeks. White grapes had no same effect

Furthermore, rich resveratrol diets such as the Mediterranean diet have demonstrated that cholesterol levels have also been reduced

4. Contain several important nutrients for bone health

Grapes provide several minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and vitamin K, required for the health of the bone.

Although research has shown resveratrol enhanced bone density in rats, these findings in people have not been verified.

In one study, rats were eating freeze-dried grape powder for 8 weeks with improved bone absorption and calcium retention over powder-facing rats.

There is currently no human-based research on the effect of grapes on bone health.

5. It helps their digestive health

The grapes are not astoundingly fiber high, with one or two grams of the cup.

However, fiber and moisture in the grapes promote bowel regularity, and grape polyphenols operate to change intestinal flora in a good and healthy way.

These can include the development of microorganisms linked to increased immunity and better mood.

How Often Can Your Donkeys Eat Grapes?

You should not overfeed your donkey grapes because of the high sugar content in grapes.

Do not give more than one pound of grapes to your donkey at a time. 10 – 12 at a time is usually a good deal to offer as a treat.

Every time you give your donkey raisins, you can give 10 to 20 grapes without worrying about any unwanted effects, including addiction.

Can baby donkeys eat grapes?   

Yes, they can. Grapes are soft and easy to chew. This makes it easy for baby donkeys to eat.

Can donkeys eat grape seeds?

Of course, they can. Grape seeds are relatively small, and the seeds of several varieties of grapes can be consumed by your donkey.

Some donkeys, however, will refuse to consume seed fruit.

If this is your concern, remove the seeds or go on to another seedless grape before you give your horse grapes.

Also check out this article I wrote on the importance of feeding your donkeys pumpkin

Can donkeys eat grape leaves?

Is there a risk of horses eating grape leaves?

No, they’re not; however, you won’t want them to wrap in (or anything for that matter).

You shouldn’t eat so much that you won’t be hungry for your regular food.

Things to watch out for before feeding them grapes

If any of the following reasons apply to you, don’t offer your donkey grapes.

1. You’ve got a donkey resistant to insulin

HYPP is the most prevalent insulin-related illness in donkeys. An insulin-resistant horse cannot use the sugars in its body fully, which increases its blood glucose level.

If the veterinarian states that your horse is insulin resistant, don’t offer your horse grapes without confirming with your veterinarian.

Bear in mind that the grapes do not normally present a problem if your horse enters a bag of grapes. It’s the sugars in the grapes that present an issue for an insulin-resistant horse.

Therefore, green grapes are often less a problem than, for example, red grapes. In any case, HYPP donkeys have low sugar treatment possibilities.

2. If your donkey is allergic to grape.

Is your donkey grape allergic? If your horses have broken out in rubble or have other symptoms of grape allergy, you should avoid feeding them in the future.

Of course, we do not typically know whether a horse is allergic until we have nourished and reacted to it.

Remember to always cautiously introduce new meals to your donkey, including grapes, so you may only monitor these foods if necessary.

3. Don’t feed them unwashed grapes

You should always wash the grapes before giving them to your donkey due to the presence of pesticides on the grapes.

Can donkeys eat frozen grapes?

Nearly every fruit and many vegetables for healthy horses are safe treatments.

Traditional favorites are apples and carrots.

You will be able to offer raisins, celery, pumpkin, and snow peas safely, grapes, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, or other melons


Grapes have been at the peak of the fruit list for your donkey to feed.

They’re packed with water, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, all healthy for your donkey.

Your donkey could still easily become addicted to the sweet taste of the grapes, which could cause feeding problems such as refusing to eat your donkey’s healthful feeds.

Then, just feed your donkey grapes one or two times a week and make a delicious, healthy, and safe treatment.

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Kloee Ngozi

Kloee is a backyard farmer and avid gardener who enjoys tending to her garden and plants. She is so engrossed with her plants that she has pet names for all of them. She likes to relax with a bottle of wine and read a book.


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