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We have one bunny (her companion died a couple of months ago) living outside in an Eglu. She is always ***** away at night, and currently has wood shavings and hay for bedding (I was told not to use straw because of potential eye problems). I’m wondering when people would consider it cold enough to put the insulating jacket on? What else could we do to ensure she is warm enough? We don’t have a garage or large enough shed. Thanks
I live in the Southern US and have 5 medium/large hens (Welsummer, Australorp, Legbar etc), all in their first winter. They live in an Eglu Cube Mk2, with a 3m x 7m walk-in run attached. The run has proved to be secure against our local predators; these are mainly raccoons, with their naughty little monkey-hands, that leave muddy prints all over the latches to the coop and run after a wet night! Local chicken forums report a very high rate of predation inside runs and coops, so I'm very impressed by Omlet's security! As the run is secure I generally leave the coop door open at night. When the weather gets "cold", though, I start to close it (and have ordered an automatic door to help with that), and when it gets "very cold" I add the Eglu thermal jacket over the coop. At the moment, though, I'm guessing at what "cold" and "very cold" are and would love some opinions/advice on that. I understand that chickens are pretty good at staying warm, but the roosting bars of the eglu are at the same level as the door so I imagine the cold air seeps in around the sleeping hens. In winter here it can get cold at night (although my neighbors to the north will laugh at that) - perhaps down to -12 deg C (+10 deg F). It's not often wet, though, and there's not much wind. I'm not sure if I'm keeping them comfortable or making them sleep in a sauna! Any thoughts?