“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

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I made some modifications to my rabbit hutches during the week.  With the coming winter we are due for increased rainfall.  I was a little concerned that my rabbits would suffer some illness if they become wet and cold.  I would like to add some straw to their hutch to give them scope to hide from the cold, yet currently straw is almost $22 per small bale.  I decided to add a temporary cover to their hutches, so I bought several cheap plastic tarps.  Using a staple gun, I attached the short end of the tarp to the wooden shelter.  To the other end I attached a wooden 2×4.  With this done, the shelter was completed.

 

This was finished just in time.  The day after, the downpour began.  Three days of almost constant rain could have been misery for my little friends, yet as I had completed my work it was just a mild inconvenience.

I am able to, with a swift movement, lift the tarp from the shelter without leaking much water onto the rabbits.  It is meant to stay out of the way, allowing sun to keep the rabbit warm, and moved to cover the hutch when the rain begins.  I am pretty happy with the outcome, as it only cost $2 per hutch… such a small amount to keep them safe and happy.

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Ginger is nice and dry in her hutch, with plenty of room to roam.

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