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AnyBunny
02-01-2010, 07:49 PM
All

Please don't be caught out and please don't underestimate how severe it could be.

"Britain facing one of the coldest winters in 100 years, experts predict,
with temperatures hitting minus 16 degrees Celsius.

They predicted no let up in the freezing snap until at least mid-January, with snow, ice and severe frosts dominating.

And the likelihood is that the second half of the month will be even colder."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6921281/Britain-facing-one-of-the-coldest-winters-in-100-years-experts-predict.html

Various parts of Scotland have already been seeing night-time temperatures of minus 16 degrees Celsius in recent weeks.

mini lop1
02-01-2010, 07:51 PM
my dad was saying he cannot remember it snowing soo much since he was a little child :shock: its like the rain has changed for snow

Mackers
02-01-2010, 07:52 PM
*GASP* - that'll be global warming then :lol::lol::lol::lol: Quick - shove some more taxes on the car drivers. That'll slow it all down a bit.

Better make sure I've got more fresh straw for the bunnies - although they don't seem too bothered by the cold.

Bunny Buddy
02-01-2010, 07:53 PM
:shock::shock::shock:

I'm definitely taking it seriously. We had snow on the ground for a week which I haven't seen for a lot of years.

It's snowing like it means business outside and everything is white again :(

I've heard some old folk saying, "I told you it would be another 1947 - there was a lot of berries and rosehips this time" :shock::shock:

I'm wondering how my ponds will cope with such cold temperatures. I have a couple of 100 gallon ponds above the ground, they've not had to face anything this cold before :cry::cry: *starts thinking about some sort of insulation to protect them*

AnyBunny
02-01-2010, 07:58 PM
I've heard some old folk saying, "I told you it would be another 1947 - there was a lot of berries and rosehips this time"

I hope they're wrong .....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_of_1946%E2%80%931947_in_the_United_Kingdom

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/anniversary/winter1946-47.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article5671468.ece

Lillian
02-01-2010, 07:58 PM
Where's the snow? Surrey's like :censored: Hawaii

Gimme some snow, you greedy people.

Bunny Buddy
02-01-2010, 08:05 PM
I hope they're wrong .....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_of_1946%E2%80%931947_in_the_United_Kingdom

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/anniversary/winter1946-47.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article5671468.ece

I realised 1947 was grim from a getting from A to B point of view - but had no idea of all the other implications I've just read. Poor souls had just got through a war and then they had that to get through :cry::cry::cry:

dayle_x
02-01-2010, 08:05 PM
Nooooo. I hate the snow and the cold. Thank god I bought the shed heater the other day, looks like i'll have to have that on for a while if it gets to -16 :shock::shock:

DemiS
02-01-2010, 08:07 PM
I have to really really important thingsI've dreamed of doing for a long time I have to travel for at the end of january :( Please melt snow

Charys
02-01-2010, 08:22 PM
It does seem pretty cold this winter,m and apparently the next few weeks are going to be more snow and cold than most of us have seen !

halfpenny
02-01-2010, 08:46 PM
I hate this weather it is so hard on my old farm animals. Every day I dread that the cold has just been too much for them- even though mine are better protected than others. To add to the worry a friend's outbuilding has just collapsed under the weight of snow on the roof, I'm now panicking something similar will happen to us and the pigs, goats and horses are in all of the time or overnight.:shock:

donnamt
02-01-2010, 08:50 PM
my vet today said bunnies are really suffering in this weather. shes had loads and loads to see these last few weeks. Alvin has already done hunger strike and Pearls breathing has gone awful

cant win.... too hot for them in the summer and too cold in the winter...

i need to live somewhere that the seasons are a constant type of weather so my poor angels stop suffering :cry::cry::cry:

Wilbur
02-01-2010, 08:57 PM
I bought a heater for the bunnies shed a couple of weeks ago. It is the best thing I have bought in ages. Their water doesn't freeze and their hay doesn't feel damp. And it was only 21!

Also means I don't freeze to death when I go out and sit with them! :D

Snowberry
02-01-2010, 09:01 PM
Only good thing about loads of snow- cant go to work!!! I knew living in the country had its advantages. Ok so I can't order Dominos and if I want fried chicken at 2am its tough poo, but when it snows those country roads are impossible so I wont be going anywhere!

AnyBunny
02-01-2010, 09:04 PM
my vet today said bunnies are really suffering in this weather. shes had loads and loads to see these last few weeks. Alvin has already done hunger strike and Pearls breathing has gone awful


I spoke to Louise/doorkeeper before Christmas about the extended cold spell and suggested that she add barley rings to the rabbits' diet while the weather is so cold.

The usual criticism of barley rings is that they are very high in calories and therefore not suitable for rabbits as anything other than an occasional treat. However the extra calories should help rabbits to maintain their body temperature against the cold. Obviously, small rabbits such as nethies have a much harder job than large ones such as French lops in maintaining body temperature, but all would probably benefit from a few barley rings added to their pellets.

They're also very cheap (about 8 for a 15kg sack) and can be softened with warm water to make a porridge for dental bunnies.

beki
02-01-2010, 09:09 PM
not the time to have all of the double glazing packing up then! i am having awful problems with condensation if it gets any colder i will have ice inside the house! i live up a hill too so driving anywhere is awful, but becasue i am close enough to the city centre i can't call in a snow day like i could when i lived in the middle of no where :( but we get it bad up here on the hill :(

dayle_x
02-01-2010, 09:31 PM
I bought a heater for the bunnies shed a couple of weeks ago. It is the best thing I have bought in ages. Their water doesn't freeze and their hay doesn't feel damp. And it was only 21!

Also means I don't freeze to death when I go out and sit with them! :D

Best thing about my heater too! I was lovely and snug sat in the shed on my little deck chair with my buns tonight. Was just sat snuggling and cosy for half an hour, didn't want to come out.

lottielouise
02-01-2010, 09:58 PM
Where are you getting these heaters from, I would have thought they would be dangerous in confined spaces. I am thinking of bringing Sophie and Granite into the outhouse for a few days -6 tonight and -8 predicted for tomorrow.

I do wonder what I can do for the outdoor bunnies.

weeble
02-01-2010, 10:02 PM
Where are you getting these heaters from, I would have thought they would be dangerous in confined spaces. I am thinking of bringing Sophie and Granite into the outhouse for a few days -6 tonight and -8 predicted for tomorrow.

I do wonder what I can do for the outdoor bunnies.

I started a thread on this - hope I get an answer and they arent too expensive I cant have 5 buns indoors :shock: Is Cherry coping ok with the cold?

lottielouise
02-01-2010, 10:15 PM
I started a thread on this - hope I get an answer and they arent too expensive I cant have 5 buns indoors :shock: Is Cherry coping ok with the cold?

Cherry is still inside. I am worried about Frankie as it is his first winter, plus only had a dental a few weeks ago, although you would never tell.

Not sure what to do for the best. Frankie is in the kennel, so is well protected from all this snow, but Sophie and Frankie are only in a hutch set up :?

*lily*
02-01-2010, 10:17 PM
I hate the cold and snow and ice :evil:

And the gas bill is going to be through the roof :shock:

Only good thing in it all is that Louie lives in the house :D

dayle_x
02-01-2010, 10:28 PM
I have a halogen heater, and i have it on about 20 minutes before i go in the shed, and then its on while i'm in the shed seeing to them, and then turn it off when i leave. it was only 7 and is 400w

thumps_
02-01-2010, 10:48 PM
It's not only the outdoor buns with problems. Thumper's free ranging indoors & has had issues with hypothermia & a dental between.
We've both moved into the back bedroom as the only room we can keep at 18C. He's no longer free ranging & I put a dressing gown over clothes to go to "essential places".

Buuny_Friend
02-01-2010, 10:49 PM
What do those of you do that don't have electricity in their sheds? :(

lottielouise
02-01-2010, 11:02 PM
I have 2 snuggle safes, I feed them warm porridge( tonight I have added hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and alfalfa cubes as it is expected to get to -6 tonight), when there is snow on the ground. I have moved Sophie and Granite to the outhouse, as it isn't exposed, or as cold in there as it is outside. I have put a box of straw in there, is a small hutch there stuffed with straw and hay . I have given them extra hay and pellets.

Im freezing, come in to warm up, I had to scrap 3 inches of snow off their set up cover, before I could open the hutch :D oh the joys!!

Next I am going to do the trio. I am going to block them into the shed tonight, with plenty of toys. and yummies.

dayle_x
03-01-2010, 12:48 AM
to be honest right now i don't think my bunnies could care less about wether I have a heater, they are usually sat out in the run on the frost & snow, and i have to pile them all inside to shut the door while i am in there.
but as it gets colder, what about one of those really big extension cords?

happybun
03-01-2010, 09:42 AM
-17 recorded last night in scotland, according to radio 4

Willow_Warren
03-01-2010, 10:02 AM
I thought last year was cold, can't believe it's another cold winter!!!

I've already seem temps of -7C, when I've gotten into my car of a morning, I'm not sure I can cope with it going much lower!

Rabbit bottles didn't freeze last night so it couldn't have been too cold! They don't seem to mind too much, and the chickens are just huddles together to keep warm!

I too can not imagine what the gas bill will be like, I've not got it set high, but it still must be working hard as it's so cold outside! Been lighting a fire every day which is lovely and does make the living room warmer, don't think I'm the only one though as I had to go to 3 places to buy coal yesterday!

Roll on summer I say!

Hannah :)

Michelleox
03-01-2010, 10:12 AM
We've been quick lucky here in Oxford. We've had hardly any snow here and its been quite sunny the last couple of days - very cold and frosty though.

halfpenny
03-01-2010, 10:54 AM
Temps of -7 here last night and more snow this morning, in some places to is now over our wellies. Really starting to worry now, as the longer this goes on the harder it is on the older, outside animals- well most are in at night, and the goats are rugged as well as the horses, but it is still hard on them in this weather, especially for the older goats, they tend to stiffen up and get sore.

thumps_
03-01-2010, 12:42 PM
Thinking of you & your lovely animals, especially farm animals & farmers trying to care for them across the country.

Crystal butterfly
03-01-2010, 12:49 PM
Its freezing here and I have about 5 inches of snow (which is snowing turning to ice in my garden and estate i couldnt get home new years eve because i live and up and down huge hills my buns have lots of extra hay and im placing a snuggle safe in there bed area at night im hoping thats keeping them warm enough

AnyBunny
04-01-2010, 10:56 PM
In view of the continuing, and expected to continue, Siberian cold snap.

Please plan ahead if you can. Don't leave it to the last minute to buy pellets, hay etc. Restock well before you run out in case your suppliers can't deliver, or you can't get out, when you really need the stuff.

Give some thought in advance to what you can do to help your rabbits survive. This cold snap isn't about the odd night below freezing, but about days on end, possibly weeks, of well-sub-zero temperatures which may take their toll on older rabbits or those with underlying health problems.