have 2 guineapigs got in February, they were squeaking last night and I wondered if they were cold, probably not, but has anyone experience of not bringing them in in the winter. we don't have a shed, we don't have much room in the house as it is. i have seen adverts for heat pads, anyone use them? What counts as winter? November, day and night, or do you bring them in night time only?
I tend to keep mine outdoors as theres 3 of them (when we had one I brought her in)
As the temp starts to drop I add in extra hay. As the temp gets below about 5-10c at night I put in a guinea pig house into the sleeping area and pack round the outside of that with plenty of hay. I also put on an insulating lid that my neighbour made for ?something and have a plastic clear sheet that I pull v. loosely over the front to stop the draghts getting in.
If it drops much below zero then I put them in the garage.
Tis my understanding that you shouldnt take guinea pigs from a very cold outdoors and bring them into a warm house. Something about thermal shock?
that's helpful. i do have a shed crammed full and gpigs live in double hutch with rabbits segragated at the bottom - so i spose if i bought a single hutch for them to try and fit in the shed? but this is for the occasions when it drops below zero? hmm, or alternatively buy an indoor hutch and face the fact that they will be indoors from ? november to January?
Its a hard choice! We have no room indoors really for pigs (and one of our cats would torment them endlessly) I think if I did comfortably have the room then I'd have them inside. Mine do seem to have a thicker, shaggier coat compared to my friend who only has indoor pigs.
Ours live outside and spend all day in the run and night in the hutch. They are still very cuddly and tame. We give them extra hay in the winter but if it's really bad we bring the hutch into the garage (the car has never been in it)