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How hot is too hot for rabbits?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by SIMZ, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! Our rabbits have been living in our garage and we recently moved them outside. We're having an unusually hot summer here in Northwest Indiana. Today and tomorrow were supposed to be really hot, so I was considering bringing them back in the garage for those days. Except now I see the forecast is going to stay in the mid-90's for the next several days.

    They're in shade and have large fenced runs. Will they be alright or should I scratch the outside experiment and just bring them back in? [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Jacksonville+FL+32277:4:US

    Mine live outside year around, but when they are young or sick, they live inside- I do not switch them back and forth between hot and cold.

    They have a large water and full shade, the river provides breezes and I monitor them- I may add ice into the pen directly onto the bedding, the bedding is deep and half is kept moist in the morning (dry by evening else I have to switch out the bedding).

    I use sand and aspen shavings as bedding - they are active at night in this weather so I feed fresh food at dusk, they have free choice rabbit pellets.
     
  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! Thank you for responding!

    I'm monitoring them and so far they seem fine. It's hard to tell if the Flemish Giant is dying from a heat stroke or just being his usual bump on a log! Perception is everything, right? I put a frozen water jug in there with him for good measure. The mini rex is zipping around like he doesn't notice.

    They've been full-time garage rabbits (or coddled pets might be more accurate), so I'm adjusting!
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I'd be especially careful of the flemish- I have breeds the tend to do ok in heat- well, for rabbits

    If you want you can stretch out a wet towel and have a fan blow through the towel.

    (swamp cooler)

    I don't do that as it tends to over wet the bedding and it's humid here anyway... doesn't help as much as somewhere dryer.
     
  5. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We decided to bring her in. There is no breeze and it's so humid. After you mentioned that I read several other things that say Flemish don't do so well in the heat -- and it's going to be well into the 90's for the rest of the week. [​IMG]
     
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    sounds like a good plan.

    Good luck
     
  7. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    We had left over stone floor tiles and placed one in each rabbit cage. The stone stays cool and they stretch out on it to sleep or relax.
     
  8. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a great idea! After today it even sounds good to me to lay down on a cold stone tile and stretch out! Whew! [​IMG]
     
  9. d3rabbitry

    d3rabbitry Out Of The Brooder

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    we raise flemish giants and they dont do well with the heat anything around 80 we put in two litter soda bottles of frozen water in with them they will lay right up against them and try to stay cool
     
  10. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    Rabbits do not do well in temperatures over about 85 degrees. We keep ours outside, and on hot days we put in frozen soda bottles or milk jugs. A few days ago we did take one inside when it was 106 out there and he wasn't looking good. He's okay now, though.

    I would try the cold tiles, but we don't have any tiles like that!

    Just make sure they have plenty of ice, water, and shade. I've also heard that some people put in ice cubes for their rabbits to lick.
     

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