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It's that time of year again. Time for a new 'Keeping the Super Furry Animals cool' thread

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 19-Jun-13 18:24:48

There's alot of new piggie mums coming on board (and rabbits,rats,hamsters and all things furry)

So a thread to pool ideas (grin pool see what I did there? Though I don't see my boys enthralled at a swim ).

What works for you. What can we try. What to look out for.
And don't forget he Flystrike risk sad.

My boys turn their hairy little snouts up at water so they have watermelon and cucumber ,

I'm going to remove the hay bedding in favour of hack-rack and fleeces.

Persuade DH to line the haybox with ceramic floor tiles.

Plastic water filled bottles in the freezer on standby for quick chilling.

Come and add your top tips wink

quirrelquarrel Sat 06-Jul-13 11:52:52

Bloody hot today!!

Mine were NOT impressed with their impromptu bath this morning (lasted all of ten seconds for each) so had ten minutes of free range garden time (which they wasted, as always, by keeping as close as poss to their run) while I sorted out a run in the shade of the garage for them. The long grass in there has been watered to within an inch of its life, so has the wooden hidey thing (an ill-fated bookcase I knocked together last week) I popped in there. They weren't happy but deigned to accept some guilt-powered parsley.
I'd rather they shivered for a bit than got sunstroke! Poor pigs. I think they'll forgive me. Hope the sun calms down next week or they might have to accept a dousing as part of their morning routine........

They sleep indoors and have one box in the shade, one box in plain light so they're okay there.

superfluouscurves Sun 23-Jun-13 15:10:08

Oh I see ... waiting in ambush eh? grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 23-Jun-13 11:48:31

He was wide awake super - I think he was hiding from GP1 ready to leap out and wrestle him to certain defeat...........

Like they do grin

superfluouscurves Sun 23-Jun-13 09:53:37

Just got back on here...

Was he sleeping 70? (One of my late gps - a sow - used to fluff up hay around herself but you could always see her head or bum sticking out.)

(Sorry you are dealing with fox threat btw.)

Also, used to worry about cats when we had gps... but can relax a bit more with rabbits ... they grew so huge I reckon they could see the average cat off ... one of them chases huge woodpigeons away anyway ...

Arf at Piggy haircuts and Piggy Pimms!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 21-Jun-13 21:53:41

GP2 (who is very fluffy and jet black - so not built for heat.His saving grace is he's very slender) was buried in hay today. Literally a shadow under the hay.
I put a plate of grass down (too rainy for outdoor play). GP1 dtormed out, GP2 meh.

He's livelier now thankfully but hmm that boy is going to need careful micromanaging .

KRITIQ Fri 21-Jun-13 18:57:13

Well, DBoar1 is getting a haircut this weekend, so that should make him cooler! Their "room" is in the corner of the living room, so when we haul the fan out of the shed, they'll get the benefit of that same time we will.

At the moment, they are necking ice cold strawberries. I expect they'll be demanding Pimms and DH to fan them with palm fronds tomorrow. smile

guineapiglet Fri 21-Jun-13 15:22:33

I hate my phone
sorry for typos

guineapiglet Fri 21-Jun-13 15:21:26

It is a shame there are one point our neighbours had 7 @#%*ing cats eyeing up guinea girls for their bolognese...woyld only let them frre range if one of us was outside patrolling, never entirely on their own...often would take mire than an hour to round them all up!!

70 - foxes?"? Not to be trusted at are right to keep your boys under your close eye,where they wont end up as fox tea.

FernieB Fri 21-Jun-13 13:35:09

Mine would be lovely mincemeat and with the amount of tomatoes and basil they eat, would make a great bolognaise grin

Also jealous of free range pigs - we have far too many cats around, one of whom is an excellent hunter.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 21-Jun-13 12:25:30

Very envy of Free Range Guineas.
There is a family of foxes in the service road at the end of my garden. They are completely unflappable and nothing I do will shift them.

The 70isa Boars would be mincemeat sad

devilinside Fri 21-Jun-13 11:58:15

My girl pigges are free to roam the garden, so plenty of shade, they have also taken to hiding in the shed. they are doing a good job at saving me having to weed, by eating the dandilions

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 21-Jun-13 09:57:03


no worries with the hi-jack.

SFA threads have a mind of their own (and I know I've hi-jacked a few in my time blush )

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 13:55:31


FernieB Thu 20-Jun-13 13:49:54

They're not nibble marks, they're nice frilly patterns

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 12:20:40

[apologies 70isaLimit didn't mean to hi-jack thread!]

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 11:53:05

Lucky you Fernie Would love mine to be a bit more civilised so they could be on the sofa, and not chew dh's Internet radio wires.

Mine are a bit too 'rampant' (for want of a better word) to come inside main house now apart from the cellars. They used to live in a large cage in the sitting room when they were tiny, but they grew ... and grew... and then they started to chew ... and chew.... . So they mainly live outside now - which is great and a good natural life - but you do sacrifice a closeness in your relationship with them. It's not quite the same. So I envy you having one in and one out!

They do occasionally come in if the French windows are open in hot weather - it's very funny to watch. They are like a pair of adolescents checking out somewhere that they are about to burgle .. they look round guiltily first .. then fall over one another as they rush in ... then they go and seek out the first bit of unprotected wiring or upholstery they can find grin

Had guests coming to dinner not long ago and was just setting table at last minute ...spread out 'best' tablecloth ... and noticed a row of nibble marks all along the middle folds ....grrrrrrr

FernieB Thu 20-Jun-13 11:37:56

Your rabbits sound like they have a great set up. My indoor boy is not massively impressed with outside and at dawn is generally hopping around the breakfast table. At dusk he's normally leaping on and off the sofa. grin

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 08:09:24


they love it

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 08:00:13

Remembered one good tip for rabbits in hot weather ...if your schedule/stamina/fox population allows for it ...

... try and ensure that they have outdoor access at dawn and dusk when it is naturally cool. They are love it because they are naturally crepuscular.

superfluouscurves Thu 20-Jun-13 07:56:58

Fernie buns are both indoor and outdoor ifyswim. They can go where they want during the day. (Walled garden.)

They are still in their "winter" routine of going downstairs to cellar to be locked up for the night though. (Has hutch with in/out access for winter months + half room's worth of enclosure). Haven't moved them to summer outdoor cage with run because of strange weather - hot one night and cold the next. Maybe that is why they haven't moulted? Cellar is not heated though.

Definitely should brush them more but they hate it too!

Maybe should move them outside and block access to cellar. They have less space overnight but perhaps healthier for them.

Good to know mine aren't the only ones that drink intermittently though!

noyouhavehadawee Wed 19-Jun-13 22:08:52

my lazy pigs free range, the poorly one gets too lethargic to go back up the ramp so i have placed a large ceramic bowl of water at the base of it and she been lapping it up and washing herself in it. keeping Wendy shed windows open at night once i have locked them in.

FernieB Wed 19-Jun-13 21:58:34

Guessing yours are outside buns super? Current Bun has been moulting like mad - he's turned our carpets black with fluff. Poor Hoover is struggling to cope. I've been brushing him (which he hates) and have extracted enough fluff for several pillows or perhaps to knit piggy scarfs/ hats for winter.

Actually I do groom them a bit more in warm weather to help get rid of excess fluff. Will be getting watermelon tomorrow and putting water bottles in freezer, so expect temperatures to plummet!

MissPricklePants Wed 19-Jun-13 21:54:50

2 bunnies here and 1 (soon to be 2) guinea pigs! Guinea Pig has been sat in his hidey hole thing most of the day. Rabbits have been bouncing around loads, turned there noses up at the water! hay is always in a rack, they are currently ligged out on the stone floor of their set up, bouncing around the run occasionally.

FernieB Wed 19-Jun-13 21:52:31

None of my boys are much interested in water either. Have only seen Smoothpig drink once. Scruffypig drinks every 3 or 4 days. Current Bun has a monthly drink but we all know about it as it's usually in the middle of the night and lasts about 20 minutes (he's a very noisy drinker)

superfluouscurves Wed 19-Jun-13 21:51:12

Mine favour the cellar too Fernie

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