Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hutch Ventilation:
If anything go wrong, it will.

We start with good intentions. We prop up the rear of the hutch. Now air can enter under the hutch to improve air flow during hot weather. 
 
This is what we have in mind - open in the back and nice dry bedding toward the front. 

 
But, if enough sawdust is added, especially if it is just "tossed" into the hutch this is the result. 

 
Or, if long straw is added on top of the sawdust the result is a fully blocked off vent area.

If anything can go wrong it will unless we work at doing it right every time. 

You might want to look at the July issue of Calving Ease with the topic of hot weather management with hutch housing - click HERE

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