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How to Keep Bun Warm if He Hates Bedding

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Kstep

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My bunny lives in an outside hutch. The hutch is two stories with a ground level on concrete and his top level has a small room, partially enclosed. I cannot bring him inside, so I’m trying to get his hutch ready for winter. He hates bedding though! I’ve tried a pillow, fleece blanket, shavings, paper fluff, hay and a nesting box! He will either kick it all out or if he can’t, he’ll go down to the bottom level, which is much colder. What should I do??!!
 

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I used to have outdoor rabbits and they did not like nesting boxes. One of my rabbits would use a nesting box for a litter box. Make sure that your rabbit is sheltered from the cold winds. I used to fill the whole hutch with hay. They would pick one or two spots to potty, so I would shovel those corners out often. If you are worried about the cold concrete, maybe you can block off the bottom level and only give him access to it on nice days.
 

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I would give my outdoor bunnies a cardboard box and lots of straw and they would figure out what worked for them. As long as they were protected from rain and wind never had a problem with them. Some liked to make a bed or hang out in their box, others never did.

The most important thing to keep bunnies warm in winter other than protection from rain and wind is to make sure they have liquid water at all times so they can process their food. An outdoor bunny will grow a winter coat that helps keep them warm, and with proper food and liquid water they do fine in cold weather. If your temps drop below freezing, make sure they get a bowl of water at least twice a day.

In my experience rabbits are more susceptible to overheating than to freezing.
 

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If your temps drop below freezing, make sure they get a bowl of water at least twice a day.

In my experience rabbits are more susceptible to overheating than to freezing.
Yes, but SC only gets so cold. ;) Cincinnati winters are well below freezing every night during winter months.
 

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I've lived all over the country and kept rabbits for decades.
I'm not disagreeing with you. Just noting how cold Ohio can get -- especially significant if the OP's hutch does not have the adequate protection you describe. (and why I asked for a photo)
 

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I'm not disagreeing with you. Just noting how cold Ohio can get -- especially significant if the OP's hutch does not have the adequate protection you describe. (and why I asked for a photo)
I simply shared my experience. The OP can evaluate it and ignore it if they don't find it suits their situation.

Your comment and winky face implied you didn't think I knew what I was talking about, so I posted my qualifications. I'm familiar with cold winter conditions.

I'll bow out now.
 

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I used to have rabbits outside. The temperature here can get down to -10 F, and on rare occasions, -20 F and the cold didn't seem to bother them, as long as they had bedding and protection from the wind. Although the colder it got, the less time they spent outside of their hutch in their exercise area.
 
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