Anyone else wake this morning to an absolutely soaked through hutch? We've moved the pigs back into their indoor hutch whilst we can dry out the outside one. Thankfully we hadn't put it properly away yet (there are some plus points to procrastination). Just feel really guilty that I hadn't twigged how wet it was going to be!
Sounds as though you might just have an inferior hutch. We've had outdoor rabbits for more than 15 yrs, and their hutches have never, ever been soaked through. I haven't yet put them out in their runs today, as it is pouring and our lawn tends to get a bit sodden in heavy rain (and they are very old girls now, so don't want to risk them getting pneumonia) but their hutches are as dry as a bone. What sort of design do you have that enables them to get so wet?
Sorry it was the angle of the rain, the very back was dry as was their sleeping quarters. It could probably do with a bigger overhang on the roof although I think the storm was so bad no much would have helped last night.
Sounds as though you could do with a tarpaulin for heavy weather or as I have done in the past (for mild rain or snow), used one of those elasticated car covers. They are good, because they are large enough to easily fit over a combined hutch and run, and you can sort of anchor them to the bottom of the run, to stop them blowing away in heavy winds. But for worse weather, heavier-duty tarpaulins are necessary!
And yes, I agree, you probably need a larger overhang. Glad to know they're dry now!
I bought a couple of the Hop In tunnels ( couple of years ago) they are water resistant for up to 8 hours, so fine for a drizzle but not a deluge
The plastic tunnels are more waterproof but when you pick the guinea up, they've been sitting in their own wee and mashed up pooh <vomface
The HopIn website suggests a handful of hay in the tunnel (there is plenty of room in it)
My pigs have been enjoying some grazing , yesterday we moved the run to the bottom of the garden where the grass is a foot high . They only had a couple of hours though- DD and I got them safe before the heavens opened.
They don't make it any easier to catch though. No thinking "Hmm, rain, must get indoors" It's "HaHa Muck about. Let them get drenched, " then we're towelling them dry and putting in fresh hay (while it's tipping down)
My garden is a bloody pond at the moment <<glares at NDN with their concrete bases to their fences>> takes ages to drain. I've just pootled down to check the pigs (in the monsoon) they are cuddled up cosy , supper is eaten and they're picking at hay.
Day 4 of not being able to play out after more than a week of being in the outside run for hours at a time, has Sadie bouncing off their house walls currently. Mollie just sits wistfully at the door waiting for anyone to release her from their prison. They have their budget glare down to a fine art Doubt they'll be out mowing this week