So how would you feel if that was your life? ……..Well let’s hope it’s not your guinea pigs’.
Guinea pigs find it difficult to cope with draughts and damp and every effort should be made to put their home into a sheltered enclosed area. By doing this you will be making life easier for yourself too, you won’t want to be cleaning the hutch out if you are battling the elements and getting soaked through. Move it nearer to your house. Use your common sense and think about how the weather/air temperature will affect your pets. They are your responsibility, you need to take action to ensure they are warm and dry. If you bought a flimsy, cheap, plywood hutch and it seemed ok in the summer then shame on you, as this will prove to be totally inadequate by now. These must be taken indoors as your guinea pigs will not survive outside in one of these. Consider investing in a better and more suitable, substantial hutch.
Here in the South West we enjoy a mild climate and rarely experience the sub zero temperatures that other areas do, however, it is really damp here (that’s why it’s so green everywhere) and damp air can be just as much of a problem to guinea pigs as the cold. Our rescue strongly advises that all hutches are moved inside a weatherproof area throughout the winter months. However, for those of you who simply have no other choice there are some tips for you to consider when thinking about Winter Care. Be creative, think guinea pig! Beg/borrow off granny/aunty/neighbour, you don’t have to spend a fortune but you DO have to look after your piggies.
Please note that if you adopt a guinea pig or two from Little Brambles provision must be made for them to be inside a weatherproof area during the winter months. The advice here is for people who already have pigs living outside during the winter but it is not a practice that we can condone as we know it is detrimental to guinea pigs’ welbeing.