Caring for your hutch
As with most outdoor products the lifespan of your hutch can be dramatically prolonged by taking a few of the following recommended steps.
Your hutch has been treated with a base coat of wood preservative and while the wood we use for the majority of this product is highly durable and resistant to decay and rot, we strongly recommend that you treat your hutch with a high quality varnish or wood preservative before exposing it to the elements and that you re-treat it once a year (preferably before the winter season) to maintain the applied preservative and water repellent properties.
It would also be beneficial to occasionally spray the locks and stays with products like WD40 to keep the metal lubricated.
We also highly recommend that you try and position your hutch in a protected area which is not overly exposed to the elements or high winds but one that also allows for adequate air circulation around the entire hutch.
Every year in the UK we have a few strong storms that bring high winds which can result in your hutch being blown over or even the roof being blown off.
Apart from the damage that these high winds can cause to your hutch don't forget that your pet may be inside at the time! During stormy weather make sure your hutch is well protected from the elements and bring your rabbit or guinea pig inside until it passes.
We also highly recommend that you clean your hutch out regularly (once a week) making sure to thoroughly wipe down and disinfect the insides of it. This includes the undersides of the roof and the back of the hutch if it's close to a fence.
Clean and disinfect any water bottles and toys and replace any wet or soiled bedding and hay. In addition you should aim to remove droppings every day if there is a build up.
Over the colder, damper months, mould can form on the insides of your hutch if there is not adequate ventilation. This can be exacerbated by keeping the hutch covered or preventing good air circulation.
If you have a cover for your hutch then we recommend that you allow both your cover and hutch to air out regularly, especially after long periods of wet or damp weather. Failure to do so can result in a build-up of mould.
Always use a good disinfectant when cleaning out your hutch.
There is always the possibility that some rabbits and other rodents may chew parts of their hutch and prolonged chewing can weaken your hutch and decrease the protection they offer against foxes.
We recommend that if your rabbit starts to chew that you take the necessary precautions to prevent or lessen the chance of them damaging your hutch. Here are some helpful tips.
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