Outdoor hides?

stephanieclarex

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Hi! What type of hides would be recommended for outdoor runs? Our hutch has a run attached to it and I’d like to put some hides and houses in it permanently but it’s completely open/mesh and I’m worried about rain getting in and rotting wood, soaking fleece etc.
If I got wooden ones and coated them with Plastikote, would they be suitable/waterproof?
 

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I'd just put the hides in when you allow them access to the run, and take them out afterwards so they don't get damaged by the rain or damp conditions 🙂
 

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If it's a run that extends outwards from the main body of the hutch, could you cover it in rainy weather?
 

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I just move hides in and out of the runs each day as everybody is only out if it is dry anyway, but you could make either a temporary or permanent roof to the runs - temporary in plastic sheeting which gets clipped on, or permanent with cladding some of the run in wood or putting corrugated plastic over and making a roof.
 

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If it's a run that extends outwards from the main body of the hutch, could you cover it in rainy weather?
Ah yeah I can! We have tarpaulins we put on top of the hutches in winter which would fit. I mainly didn’t think to do that because it’s rather ugly, but I do prefer functionality over looks.
 

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I'd just put the hides in when you allow them access to the run, and take them out afterwards so they don't get damaged by the rain or damp conditions 🙂
Thank you! I didn’t think of it that way - I thought the only option was to keep them in the run and take out when it rains, I didn’t realise you could keep them separately and only put them in when it’s dry 😂
 
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