Four Tips for Weatherproofing Your Rabbit Hutch
Raising rabbits can be both fun and tedious. It does, however, take a lot of caring and consideration to grow healthy rabbits. This is especially true during extreme temperature changes. In the United States for instance where the cold temperature can get near or below freezing and where hot weather can be equally unbearable, growing rabbits outdoors can be challenging.
While these warm blooded animals can adapt to weather changes, too much exposure to temperature extremes may also cause illnesses or even death to these gentle creatures. That’s why weather proofing your rabbit hutch and cage is a necessity. And to help you with that, here are four tips that you can use to weatherproof your rabbit hutch.
Tip # 1: Put your hutch in a shady area. One of the best ways to protect your rabbit from too much heat from the sun or from the cold air, snow or rain is putting its cage in an area that is already protected by shade. Choose an area in your yard where there is abundant shade—it can be under a tree or your garage. You may also convert storage sheds to rabbit hutches. If you wish to plant trees for shade you might want to try Empress trees. These are the fastest growing trees in the world reaching 10-16′ in a year.
Tip # 2: Keep the cage dry. If you’re using a flat roof, the problem that you will face is that a flat roof tends to store rain water or water from melted snow on the top of the hutch. This could lead to water leaking onto your rabbits. Damp hutch conditions may trigger fungi or bacteria build up, which can infect your rabbits or lead to illness. You can avoid this altogether and ensure that your rabbits are protected from the elements by creating a slanted roof.
Tip # 3: Cover the roof of the cage with plastic sheets. Since plastic is waterproof, it is a good idea to cover hutches with this material on snowy and rainy days. Alternatively, you could also use tarpaulins, plexiglass, sheet metal or awnings.
Tip # 4: Secure a box or a den for your rabbit inside the hutch. Sometimes covering the hutch with plastic alone isn’t enough to ensure your rabbits’ comfort. For example, if your hutch happens to be in the path of strong winds, the wind can blow the plastic away – which puts you right back to square one. To avoid this you can take the extra step of securing your hutch with an additional box inside where the rabbits are free to seek shelter from the cold weather.
Bonus Tip: Building an indoor rabbit hutch can be another really sound weather proofing precaution, as well. For example, if you have a mini-barn you can easily convert it into a very nice rabbit hutch – complete with built-in weatherproofing.
It is always important to know that weather changes may negatively affect the rabbits you are raising. Keeping them in a hutch that is secured can help them grow and also avoid sickness and possible death. It will also enable them to move freely and be in comfort as they grow.
Weather proofing your rabbit hutch does not only mean protecting rabbits from cold weather or from the hot season, but it also assures their comfort and health. So make it a point to weather proof your hutches. This will help make the tedious, but fun activity of growing rabbits a success.
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