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Is it safe to keep our little mini lop in a hutch on the

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Is it safe to keep our little mini lop in a hutch on the patio shaded area all year round. As far as health of rabbit?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

If you reside in an area where the temperatures stay between 60 and 75 degrees year round, yes, your bunny should be able to stay on the shaded patio in a raised hutch. If the temps fall below 60 or above 75, no, your bunny will need to have at least part of his year spent inside while the temps are less stable. Rabbits tend to need to stay at roughly the same temperatures that we do to be comfortable, so logically they usually do best inside especially if weather outside is more harsh.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it possible to insulate the hutch in the winter to stay outside, winter temps are from 15 degrees to 60 degrees.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

You can certainly build or have built a hutch that can provide heat, but even insulation will require a rabbit to be warm. One caveat to this approach is that the bottom of the hutch needs to be relatively open for stool to fall through and that's where it's going to lose the most heat. Some people will heat one area of a hutch and then litter train their rabbit so they can change out the box without risk of losing too much heat from the bottom of the hutch. Your rabbit then has a toasty warm bed it can return to. Consider also a larger hutch with a 2nd rabbit so the two can help keep one another warm.

Here are some heating options:

Keep in mind that any cords, insulation, etc. that is near the rabbit(s) may wind up being chewed on or ingested. Keep this in mind when planning out any heated options for a hutch.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing? Is there any further help I can provide to you?