During winter, your outdoor rabbits need to be protected from the cold winter temperatures and biting wind. As this season approaches, you need to make a few changes to their outdoor housing to ensure it keeps your furry friends as comfortable as possible.
To keep them warm, you can opt for thermal hutch covers for winter, good heated pads or lamps, or insulate your hutch, among many other ways. While doing so, don't forget to buy heated water bottles and bowls as their drinking water may freeze too.
How cold is too cold for rabbits
Bunnies can live and thrive well in cold climates. Given proper housing, runs for exercise, they can be at their best even during the coldest winter. According to Qualitycage.com “cold weather often increases the energy level of domestic rabbits and invigorates them!”
During cold climates, outdoor bunnies tend to be more active. However, they will need a little more food, and you should ensure their water bottles, bowls or the watering system do not freeze. Going for heated water bottles and bowls will help resolve this problem.
According to RSPCA, the ideal temperature should be “between 10-20°C is recommended as ideal for domestic rabbits, though they can cope with lower temperatures, they tend to suffer from too much heat.”
As much as they can thrive well in climates that are relatively cold, they will not thrive well if their housing is damp and on draughts. These two conditions will make them fall ill often.
Also, older bunnies must be kept warm to reduce the chances of getting arthritis while young ones without enough fur need special care to avoid freezing.
Whereas there are many other ways to keep them warm, let us look at covers, hutch insulation and well as providing bedding. We will cover more while looking at bunny care during winter.
Rabbit hutch covers for the winter – thermal
There are many good rabbit hutch covers you can go for including brands such as PetFace Guinea Pig/Rabbit Hutch Cover, Weemoment 4FT Double Layer Cage Cover Waterproof Breathable Hutch Covers, Made to Measure, Trixie, RabbitShack as well as Scratch and Newton’s hutch huggers. All these will ensure your bunnies remain dry while in their housing.
However, these covers will not be sufficient on their own. You need to go to those with thermal liners or use rabbit thermal hutch covers. This will ensure minimal heat loss and keep your furry friends warm and happy.
Note: Always go for durable rabbit hutch winter covers. Do not consider the initial price alone. Factor in the quality and how soon you are going to replace them.
Insulated rabbit hutch
Insulating your hutches will ensure they remain warm. It is all about creating a heat-trapping barrier to help heat inside bunnies’ houses remain there as well as prevent excess heat during summer from affecting them.
You can use various hutch liners such as foil-backed bubble wrap, foam, polystyrene, wool, among other materials during insulation. The process will involve placing your insulating material between frames followed by cardboard or plywood from the inner side.
The floor of your coop could also be freezing during winter. Lining it with a generous amount of an excellent quality rabbit bedding will ensure your bunny is warm during these chilly times and has a place to snuggle.