Housing for your Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs are surprisingly hardy and will live without
supplementary heat in the coldest of winters, providing they have draft
and waterproof quarters, dry bedding and a balanced diet.
hutches in outhouses has both advantages and disadvantages. If several
hutches are to be kept, it may be wise to keep them in a well-lit shed
or garage to reduce the exposure to drafts and rain, especially during
the winter months. Hutches kept under cover need not be as ornamental or
as substantial as those constructed for outdoor use and so will be
cheaper to construct.
The disadvantages of keeping the hutches in
outbuildings are few, but airborne infections are more likely to spread
amongst the stock in stuffy unventilated quarters, especially if large
numbers of animals are kept.
Guinea pigs kept in outdoor hutches which are well
constructed and protected from the worst of the weather will develop
thick, sleek coats and are less likely to become infected with airborne
germs. The choice of location for your pets, therefore, is an individual
one and will be influenced to a certain extent by the prevailing