Hope there are still some Eastern Ontario members here, that might be able to give Robin and I some pointers on keeping our newly rescued bunnies outside for the winter.
Now notwithstanding those very odd days where the weather man warns to bring your fur animals inside - (we have already prepared for that and will come in to the laundry room should there be warnings)
So just need the tips for their hutch and water - feeding runs and such with winter - snow in mind.
We just got a new hutch for them which I am going to make a few modifications right away - the doors are dab smack in the middle so will be closing them off and making new ones on the ends with a draft baffle - like they do in outdoor dog houses. The hutch is too low so it will be raised.
Putting insulation on the bottom and will enclose most of the space under the hutch for their outdoor hiding place and eating area - sort of like a bathroom/dining combo.
Will make a sub wall system to slid in extra insulation - that will keep the hutch warm in the winter and a little cooler in the summer.
The hutch has two 3 foot ex runs attached. Okay to stretch their legs in and not be so confined to a hutch all day. As my buns are somewhat bigger I want them to have a bit of ceiling height so they can stretch up in the mornings on their hind feet - good for the back muscles and general health. So removing the flat screen roof and making it into a peak and solid for more wealth protection and shade.
I plan to have an outer pen for the hutch to be inside of - so that they can be let out and run somewhat free all day. It is nicely tucked under trees and out of the wind too - but I will not be able to cover the top of that larger pen - so they will have to be put away in their safe house so to speak each day. Maybe after a year and we see how the care of them goes we may build a structure with a screen over it in the trees.
Any additional suggestions would be really great - to keep these cuties nice and warm....