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Outdoor piggies and firework season!

Piggies&buns

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Do those of you who have outdoor/shed piggies bring them inside on firework night (firework weekend in my area!)?
I have no problem bringing them inside temporarily in these kind of circumstances but wonder, because there could be four nights when fireworks are likely to occur here, would that be ok for them to them go back outside from then on - I’m thinking of the temperatures, would they get used to the warmth after four nights and then struggle when they are back in their shed?
 

Piggies&buns

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Is anybody able to help? Would bringing them in for a few nights here and there be worse for them when considering the temperature changes? Or would being brought in into a new environment be more stressful?
 

Claire W

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When I had outdoor piggies, I used to cover their hutch (especially the opened mesh area) with a big thick blanket to keep out the bright lights and to muffle the bangs. I also gave them extra boxes and hides to hide in and my piggies were always ok @Betsy has outdoor piggies and I'm sure she'll be able to advise further
 

Gia

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I bring my piggies inside on Fourth of July because our neighborhood gets especially crazy, but they've never seemed that scared.
 

Piggies&buns

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Thanks
They are in my shed and have a curtain and duvet over the front of hutch at night anyway for warmth. My bunny isn’t bothered about fireworks, in fact he isn’t bothered by most noises, but my husband mowed the lawn yesterday (pigs were in the shed) and one of the pigs didn’t look too happy about that noise. he didn’t run off, but he stopped what he was doing and stood still (I know is a sign of fear) and the mower was fairly quiet compared to fireworks. I might be worrying unnecessarily though (I’m potentially more worried about it than they will be!) because after a minute or so of hearing the mower, he carried on munching his hay and was ok after that it!
 

Incredipigs

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My piggies came in last year during the fireworks but that was only because I brought them in for the winter. The year before that I left my piggies outside and they were fine :nod:
 

Eriathwen

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When I used to have outdoor piggies I used to leave them outside, lots of extra bedding and hideys did the trick. Although one year one wasn't feeling well so I brought that pair inside, I went out one morning to feed the boys in the other hutch and noticed a bloody great wooden stake from a rocket or something sticking through the front of the hutch I had emptied, it had gone through the tarp and landscape fabric cover I had pulled down the front and through the wire mesh, if a piggy had been at the water bottle at the time it would have probably killed them! After that I brought them in every year and then used the garage to acclimate them back to the lower temperatures.
 

Piggies&buns

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Oh no @Eriathwen, that’s scary. One New Year’s Day a few years ago we woke up to to find out gardens (front and back) littered with firework debris, some hit our car. Fortunately all was ok, but it is scary to think how easily some embers could have landed in our house and then we can all guess what would happen. I dislike fireworks.
My two are in a shed, but One of my thouhgs was what if something hits the shed and I don’t see in time ...I think I’ve answered my own question!
 

Incredipigs

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When I used to have outdoor piggies I used to leave them outside, lots of extra bedding and hideys did the trick. Although one year one wasn't feeling well so I brought that pair inside, I went out one morning to feed the boys in the other hutch and noticed a bloody great wooden stake from a rocket or something sticking through the front of the hutch I had emptied, it had gone through the tarp and landscape fabric cover I had pulled down the front and through the wire mesh, if a piggy had been at the water bottle at the time it would have probably killed them! After that I brought them in every year and then used the garage to acclimate them back to the lower temperatures.
:yikes:
 

Betsy

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Thanks @Claire W I'll do my best to advise. I leave my piggies out on fireworks night/New Years Eve/Diwali. I put extra hay in the hutch and there are always hideys in there. I have 3 covers for the hutch in the winter. One is the hutch snuggle with fly screen, the other is the hutch hugger with a see through waterproof cover on the front. Lastly its a really thick blanket. They always have the fly screen, waterproof cover and blanket over the front of the hutch at night from end Sept/beginning Oct to end of March/beginning April. In the morning they don't seem to be that phased about it.
 
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