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bluebunny
29-05-2009, 10:25 AM
Please be carefull if you house your rabbits in sheds with no attached runs if this hot weather my shed was warm at 8am this morning its far too hot for the rabbits to be in,but they have runs in the garden they will be in untill 9pm tonight

Becky86
29-05-2009, 10:28 AM
Hmm :? Do you have any meshed windows in the shed?

We have a meshed window in ours. Even though Ronnie and Lola have an attached run, 80% of the time they choose to sit in the shed :lol: Hope they will be ok :? *goes to check on them*

xXx

Ted an Petal
29-05-2009, 10:32 AM
i know i've been worrying myself about this i need to make a meesh door for my buns till i can afford to make the runs. luckily it doesn't seem too warm over here.

bluebunny
29-05-2009, 10:34 AM
Hmm :? Do you have any meshed windows in the shed?

We have a meshed window in ours. Even though Ronnie and Lola have an attached run, 80% of the time they choose to sit in the shed :lol: Hope they will be ok :? *goes to check on them*

xXx

No i do have a window that opens and i leave the door open too,but its still very hot

Phill
29-05-2009, 10:35 AM
I'm very lucky that my shed is on the North side of the house so never gets full sun and is quite cool, even so, it still gets warm in there, i can't imagine the heat in some wooden garden sheds.

Ben's mum
29-05-2009, 10:36 AM
Remember that insulation will help keep a shed cooler in summer as well as warmer in winter too, so may be worth looking in to. If you've got electricity (out of reach of the buns obviously!) you could try a fan - remember it will only circulate the air though, as bunnies don't lose heat by sweating like we do, but aiming the fan across a wet towel (or even better, stick the towel in the freezer for a bit) will cool the air down as it's blown across the cool surface.

Fairy13
29-05-2009, 10:38 AM
Fortuantely ours both have attached runs and I also removed the perspex in both and just put mesh over so there's always a through draft too. Definitely one to be careful of though. They can get soo warm if sun shines on them all day.

Lib_n_bunny
29-05-2009, 10:50 AM
What about a couple of icepods? I've never used them so I don't know, just a thought :?

RubyGordy
29-05-2009, 10:58 AM
I've got a couple of battery powered cage fans that I used to have in the car for the dogs. Just wondering about attaching one of those up high in the sheds. They're not mega powerful but might help?

sally1974
29-05-2009, 10:59 AM
Good post Marie, I went out first thing and opened the shed it is really hot today

bluebunny
29-05-2009, 11:00 AM
I've got a couple of battery powered cage fans that I used to have in the car for the dogs. Just wondering about attaching one of those up high in the sheds. They're not mega powerful but might help?

I got some but the rabbits were scared of them

Jack-Bun
29-05-2009, 11:23 AM
The buns was hot inside aswell this morning, but they chose to sit in the run anyway. The roof of the kennel is covered in the tarpoulin that covers the front of the kennel in winter, so the roof is usually nice and cool, which hopefully means that the inside of the run should be a bit cooler.

Ben's mum
29-05-2009, 11:25 AM
I've got a couple of battery powered cage fans that I used to have in the car for the dogs. Just wondering about attaching one of those up high in the sheds. They're not mega powerful but might help?

Fans work on humans by making our sweat evaporate faster (it moves the air that's just absorbs some sweat move away, for fresh air to come along and absorb some more), most animals don't sweat so fans are a bit of a gimmick. They MAY help by circulating the air, but this means you need a way of introducing cool air to be circulated. Air coolers work by blowing air across iceblocks, so you can mimick this with a fan by blowing the air across a cool surface (cold water, ice, etc) but if it's justin a closed shed without much ventilation and nothing to cool the air down, or outside is hotter/the same temperature, it won't really do much in terms of cooling down the animals

minimack
29-05-2009, 11:27 AM
My shed windows are open 2 fans blaring and all buns have been spritzed with the misting spray on a spray bottle

loobie_lou
29-05-2009, 11:32 AM
I don't have an attatched run to my shed, but there's massive mesh panals on the front which should allow enough air in?? The sun was shining on there kennel first thing this morning, but it's shifted now... and the kennel is in the shade under the trees.

I would put them in there run all day, but as I'm not in I don't really trust it :(

xx

*Spider*
29-05-2009, 11:35 AM
My lot's kennel only gets the sun in the morning and then is in constant shade. I'm going to start putting iced bottles of water around it though so the buns can lay near it if they feel hot.

gemmam
29-05-2009, 11:40 AM
You could try a light coloured roller blind if you have a perspex window, that should help quite a bit but still let some light in. Or a white pillowcase over as a temporary measure.

~ Cat ~
29-05-2009, 11:47 AM
My shed has a tarmac roof and its boiling in there today - all the cats are snoozing in there.

Murphy30
29-05-2009, 11:54 AM
I was worried about the weather this morning too - At 8am it was boiling outside! My two have a run attached to their hutch, and I soaked a bedsheet in cold water and draped it over the run this morning before I left for work. I also put both their ice pods in the run in case they want to lie on them. Their run is on paving slabs too, and I've noticed they do come down and lay on the slabs instead of in the hutch when it's warm. Their hutch does get the sun in the morning, but by 1-2pm it's in the shade as the sun has moved round, so I'm hoping they'll be ok. Hubby is back from work at 2pm so I've asked him to check on them and soak the sheet in cool water again if needed

Becky86
30-05-2009, 10:33 AM
bumping this up just incase people missed it yesterday...

very hot today!!

Our shed is insulated and we have also meshed one of the windows. We have kept the perspex to put back in in the winter if need be :) I must say yesterday, our shed was quite cool compared to the foster buns hutches :( they were cooking in them as theyre in direct sun in the morning :(

xXx

Hugo's There
30-05-2009, 10:35 AM
We were up at 5am to open our sheds up, even with mesh windows they are reaching very high temperatures during the day.

Becky86
30-05-2009, 10:40 AM
Dan was out at 4am this morning in his boxers and t-shirt opening all our buns up :lol: I said it mustve been a right sight :roll ::lol: xXx

Jessica Rabbit
30-05-2009, 10:58 AM
I too have been worried about the heat inside the shed.
Mine have an attached run, so can go out if too hot, but they like to sit under a patio chair by the catflap. The air flows through quite fiercely so I think they are cool enough.
Ernie flops out under the hutch inside too, so i think mine will be o.k.

janice
30-05-2009, 11:11 AM
You can get solar powered vents to put in the glass if the shed has not been modified to have mesh windows.

youngbunny2
30-05-2009, 11:15 AM
you need to watch it if you have buns in a conservatory too! mine is like an oven so all animals are outside for the day.

Dumpling
30-05-2009, 11:18 AM
Brilliant post. Loved the idea about the wet sheet over the run i am just going to try it with ours today.

Phoebesmummy9
30-05-2009, 07:11 PM
To be honest, i think its advisable to set alarm clocks and check weather forcasts. Quite a few times my bunnys have had to be let out at 6am because the shed is so hot, i intend on leaving the terrible 4 out till about 10ish tonight as its SO hot :(

yoshi&gizmo
30-05-2009, 07:20 PM
Right my bunnies have hutches in a large shed in the garden. It has a window and glass doors which can open really wide. But when i checked the tempeture it was nearly 30!!! so I have a huge floor standing fan in there and obviously the bunnies are in the run or the house during the day and get the run of the garden [not that they wanted to be out there much today] also being wetting there fur down with cold water. Really worried about them overheating as gizmo is a very long haired bunny not [looks alot like a dulux dog :lol: ] so need to know best ways to keep them both cool

petparadise123
30-05-2009, 07:34 PM
My buns are in a shed with a mess door and the top opens-only 1 inch or soso that nothing can get in. It is warm in there and I worry but they seem quite happy:)

Sam_Spice
30-05-2009, 07:55 PM
Our garage gets warm far too fast now :( luckily there moving in a month but for the time being they get let out at 6am when i get in from work. There hutch unused open hutch stays quite cool in the sun and is laid with viynl only so they seem to like lying on that lately. They also have a massive pub umbrella outside for them to chill out under, many plastic chairs which they love to lie under and a bazzillion plants/toys/tunnels and a few trees. Our lot can't go back inside the garage until its dark because of the heat but they do decide to hop in the house every now again coz its quite cool in here hehe :lol::lol:

Anyone else noticed the heat is slowing their buns down so means i get to cuddle them more!! :D:D:lol::lol::love::love: Oh, and nice cold veg is a winner :D

jenny s
30-05-2009, 08:00 PM
my 2 are freerange from 8 in the morning till 10pm at night, they go in and ot all day.
they also spend alot of timender the trampoline where ther is plenty of cool soil for them to lie on so they should be fine.

i have 3 bowls of water around the garden an 2 in the shed so plenty of water too

will think abot meshing the window too

Becca
30-05-2009, 08:51 PM
Smokey is in a dog kennel/run,it only gets sun in the morning but gets quite warm.OH made an inner door so i can have a door open and he has a large granite tile to lay on.
Angel and Levi are in a shed with an attached run,the shed is in the shade with the window taken out and they also have granite tiles.

Doddy
30-05-2009, 09:44 PM
Love this thread! My shed is in shade for the vast majority of the day, got trees at the back and side that protects it from direct sun.

I am leaving the windows open tonight, and I guess if need be, I can leave the door open all night cuz I have a mesh frame stopping them from escaping. But I feel it still gets a little bit nippy in the night to leave the door open...I'm probably wrong...if they were in a hutch, it would be open all night!

I am gonna go put some bottles of water in the freezer so they will be ready for the morning.