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*****Bunny Question!! :))))

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by BeccaB00, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Okay I have a bunny. [​IMG] His name is JoJo [​IMG] . I need to know a few ways to keep him warm this winter. If it helps any for you to know, Our chickens' water is already freezing into ice. So it's getting preetty cold, and getting colder. [​IMG] He's in an outdoor hutch. We've tried to bring him inside several times but the other day he managed to pull a wire through his cage bars and chewed holes all in it [​IMG] I know, It WAS my fault. I forgot to move the wire, but he also destroys lots of other things. SO. That basically cuts an end to him coming indoors. so What can I do to keep him warmer this winter? I've made plans to put thick layers of bedding down, and hopfully get him a heated water bottle. He's my pet, and I love him. So I don't want him to suffer this winter!

    thankssss!! [​IMG]
     
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  2. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    His coat will keep him warm enough. You were actually doing him a disservice by bringing him in. He needs to be out in the cold so his body can adjust. He should have shelter from the wind. For water, what I do, is have 2 water bottles. One for the morning, one for the evening. I switch them out and thaw the frozen one while the other is in use. This has worked great over the years.

    Good luck and have fun with your bun bun!

    Trish
     
  3. herfrds

    herfrds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A wood box with a hole big enough for him to fit inside and some straw.
    The wild rabbits around here stay in their holes when it is super cold. It helps them stay warm.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Rabbits do well in the cold. It's the heat that results in deaths. Do not move a rabbit (or most other animals) indoors unless you are ready to keep them there no matter what. They will get sick if you try to move them back out in the cold. Make sure he has some shelter or is in a building without wind or snow hitting him and he should do fine. The rabbit waters froze 2 weeks ago here and we'll probably see -20 if not -30F before spring. The rabbits don't care except some younger ones I tried to move out there during a few warmer days we had. Someone just bought them to be indoor pets so we are good now. When it's 90-100F next summer is when it's time to hit the internet and find ideas for keeping them cool.
     
  5. roocrazy

    roocrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    their fur should keep them warm if it gets below zero you could bring him in the house and keep him in a box
     
  6. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Protect him from wind, if you can't move his hutch to a sheltered area, pile some straw bales around it or at least on the windy side. Also make sure his box hole doesn't face the wind. If you don't have a box for him, give him a piece of wood (not osb/or plywood, it has glue) that he can sit on to get off the wires and to keep his belly/feet warm (also gives his feet a break from the wires)

    If you have an apple tree or other fruit tree in your yard clip some branches off in reasonable sizes and give them to your rabbit. They LOVE to chew on them. It also helps to maintain their teeth health. You need to provide something for him to chew to keep from being bored.
     
  7. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    I often bring in some of my older rabbits when it is going to be extremely cold out. No problems so far and it's been several years.

    A tall sided box, like a chicken nest box, works well too. Fill the box will hay or straw and he will snuggle up. Other than this rabbits fair well in the cold, but in the wild they do hide away when it is really cold. I have lost a couple of old rabbits, but not any young and fit ones.

    Just giveing them a handful of hay or straw is better than nothing.
     

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