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Rabbit Hutch heaters

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by brendan_dj, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. brendan_dj

    brendan_dj Member

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    Is there such a thing?

    I am looking for a very small heater suitable to go outside in a rabbit-hutch.

    The purpose is simply to make the pets more comfortable on those very icy cold frosty nights in winter.

    Ideally it needs to be at least IP45 weatherproof and of a design such that the pets will not gnaw or chew through the wire etc.

    I dont want to cook the pets, but just create a cosy warm corner in the hutch for them.
  2. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    Rabbits are fine with cold weather, they just don't like damp.

    Just make sure the hutch is clean and dry and there really is no problem with the temperature.
  3. brendan_dj

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    When I was a boy, my sister's rabbit croaked on the first frosty night one winter :(

    Admittedly, it had survived about 12 other winters so I guess it was reaching a fairly old rabbit-age.
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    Oh, :rolleyes: I'll chance my arm and say it's probably not because of the cold.

    There may be heaters available but rabbit proof ones are probably very rare indeed.
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    Mr Incredible Well-Known Member

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    How about a dual purpose George Foreman lean mean grilling machine? ;) :devil:
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    They also need a toilet and hot running water. The home cinema room is optional but they do appreciate it so it's worth considering.
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    True, I hadn't thought of that. I should buy them a few DVDs to start up their movie collection.

    Perhaps "Watership Down"?

    Can anybody think of any other movies?
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    :eek:
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    Hi
    As this is a rabbit thread,i've chucked in a pic of the wife's pets for all you soppy gits! ;)
    I have nothing to do with them,but at least i can put their waste onto the compost heap. :)
    Cheers.
    [​IMG]
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    brian s Well-Known Member

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    Wot no home cinema?

    Brendan

    How about Rabbit Proof Fence?

    All the best
    Bri
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    brian s Well-Known Member

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    Kingfats

    I've just thought your 11 inch screen would be a great start to their AV haven.:D They might like Bugs Bunny as well.

    Best wishes
    Bri
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    Fatal Attraction :D
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    Horror films might be a bit much for them.

    Cheers
    Bri
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    Hmm back OT ;)

    There is no specific item but I would suggest on of the bar heaters secreting the cable away from them. Also put it on an RCD so if they manage to damage the cable it trips. Also bear in mind any cable accross the garden would have to be armoured.

    Last couple of years I've moved the whole hutch into the shed, previously we just put carpet and a tarp on the roof to keep the snow off. Now she wants me to build an insulated, heated hutch for them LOL
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    God!
    I won't let the wife read this,as she might go ahead and do it. :)
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    So'ok King, you can join bunnykins in there, seems plenty of room for you next to the pointy eared little blighter.

    He looks lonely anyway. :D
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    I would keep it simple. More straw. Cheap, safe, effective, compostable.
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    Nah, ours pee all over it then won't sleep in there the daft gits !

    It's a trade off for me, they used to live indoors and kept me up all hours banging about so they moved outside but I have to keep them warm etc
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    Damn cheek! [​IMG]
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    Not that I was suggesting anything :devil:
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    DUH. They are rabbits. They are known for it.
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    :rotfl:

    Edit- And that should keep them warm too. Avoiding the need for any heating :D
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    :oops:

    It has just been brought to my attention that the animals in the rabbit hutch in our back garden are not rabbits.
    They're Guinea Pigs !!!:rotfl:

    Now I understand why the missus is interested in a hutch heater. She says that guinea pigs are not as tolerant to the cold as rabbits are. Therefore I must raise the question again...

    Any heaters out there suitable for rabbit hutches but for pet guinea pigs?

    The hutch is not in a shed but along the back wall of our house. There is an out-door power socket right next to the hutch which is IP45 weatherproof rated and RCD protected.
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    :laugh:

    Classic.

    I used to have a Guinea pig years ago. :) Nice creatures really, so we wouldn't want them to freeze now.

    Have a look here-

    http://www.raisingkids.co.uk/forum/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=3&TopicID=28966&PagePosition=1

    Seems best way is lots of hay, perhaps some carpet as a wrap around, and make sure they have got a sort of "bedroom" to go into.!
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    Guinea Pigs are originally from the Andes in South America, it gets far colder there than in this country so they should be ok. Get your wife to knit them some woolly jumpers if she is that worried.
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    No, but one thing they do have in common is that they both taste great in a tarragon sauce with a side dish of f-f-f-favor beans.
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    :(

    Ow, that's horrible. The're really cuddly, fluffy things, that squeak a lot. (not these though obviously:eek:)

    My old friend,:D Hamish the Guinea Pig RIP
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    That's a shame they're not rabbits because i was going to suggest putting a ferret in with them; they would have been as warm as toast trying to out run the ferret.

    Geoff. :D
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    We have a heat pad that you heat up in the microwave for a few mins then put in the hutch (doesn't get too hot but stays warm for hours). We only use it if the weather is due to turn frosty. Plenty of hay always helps also.

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