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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will be putting out some winter straw to help the animals stay warm.



Here are some related articles.
 - Winter Care of Animals
 - The Deep Litter Method
 - Overlooked Ways to Keep Livestock Warm







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must put out winter straw to help animals stay warm

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must:
 - post a picture of where the animals are sheltering during the winter
 - post a picture of you adding some of the winter straw
 - post a picture of the new winter straw in the shelter for animals to stay warm
 - OR post a 2 minute video of you doing this
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This bb needs some love. Some of the videos show wood chips- so if we define "straw" as non nutritional cellulose strips that the animals can use for bedding and insulation.
Ta-da! I get these paper shreds for the low price of not throwing them in the garbage from my job which requires Personal Protected Information (ppi) be shredded to prevent identity theft.
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Paper "straw" in rabbit nest cubbies
Paper "straw" in rabbit nest cubbies
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Note: Sorry Aurora, this BB is specifically for using straw.  Also, for a proper submission (for this BB) you'd need to submit three pictures or a video

 
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Aurora House wrote:This bb needs some love. Some of the videos show wood chips- so if we define "straw" as non nutritional cellulose strips that the animals can use for bedding and insulation.
Ta-da! I get these paper shreds for the low price of not throwing them in the garbage from my job which requires Personal Protected Information (ppi) be shredded to prevent identity theft.


take 2 https://permies.com/wiki/110323/pep-animal-care/Clean-Shelter-PEP-BB-animal
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All the Timothy Hay I have left
All the Timothy Hay I have left
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All the Timothy Hay I have left
All the Timothy Hay I have left
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All the Timothy Hay I have left
All the Timothy Hay I have left
 
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Damn repost sorry. On the left you can see where the bunnies can choose to be on the upper or lower floor so both have access to the hay. But that is all I had so I used it all in the upper cubby since the lower one often becomes a bathroom and I wanted it to be a decent amount of insulation.
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Note: please add a photo showing hay in the bottom part of the hutch

 
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- post a picture of where the animals are sheltering during the winter
- post a picture of you adding some of the winter straw
- post a picture of the new winter straw in the shelter for animals to stay warm

Prepping a 2-level rabbit hutch for winter with dry straw.

During the warmer months,  the lower level is opened up with just a hardware cloth cover for air/ ventilation.   The bottom is lined with flat slate pieces as a cool resting surface.  

My doe that is housed in this hutch is nicely litter trained, so the upper level holds a pan of shavings for her to use,  that keeps the bottom level clean and dry (my buck unfortunately is NOT clean and can't use a system like this if I want it to stay dry).  

Before winter,  the lower level gets stuffed with dry clean straw (as much as I can fit in) and then the front panel is covered with a solid wood insert and then the hardware cloth is put back over that to secure it.

I can add dry straw through the hatch door in the upper level to top off as needed;  some of it does get nibbled and broken down.
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Quick question. Does it have to be winter to meet the requirements? It is not too cold here yet.
 
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My laying hens have roosts, but they will need insulation from the ground when it gets cold. I laid out a good four inches of old hay for them.
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The roosts make shifting things behind them, thankfully the chickens will spread the bedding out for me.
The roosts make shifting things behind them, thankfully the chickens will spread the bedding out for me.
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All done!
All done!
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Excuse the mess, we're 'winterizing.'
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Note: Missing before photo and photo of you adding the bedding: - post a picture of where the animals are sheltering during the winter  - post a picture of you adding some of the winter straw  - post a picture of the new winter straw in the shelter for animals to stay warm

 
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I am worried about my mama bunnies kindling in this cold snap! I will try giving them fresh straw and see how that helps.  They live in a colony, and deliver babies underground, so hopefully the mamas pull some into their burrows.  
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dropping straw to Butterscotch
dropping straw to Butterscotch
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loading hutch with straw
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happy mama bunny
happy mama bunny
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job well done!
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Sorry for not following directions the first time.
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This is my first PEP badge attempt.  In preparation for the Blizzard of December 2022, I put straw in our ChickShaw.

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Matthew Wagner wrote:This is my first PEP badge attempt.  In preparation for the Blizzard of December 2022, I put straw in our ChickShaw.



UPDATE:  All the chickens survived the multi-day subzero temperature and even layed eggs through it all!  
 
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Here is my submission for this Badge bit. It is warm today, good motivation to work outside before the big frost of february. I put 1 bale of new straw for the chicken so they be warmer when they are inside. They are Chantecler, a local breed more resistant to frost. They sleep in the mini-bus in security and can take a stroll in winter in the solarium and are free on the lot in summer.

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We've got two sheep that stay in this shelter during winter with an area to go outside. Every week I put in straw so their shelter stays nice and clean and warm.
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I think we need a BB for dealing with mud and livestock because I thought I was making a video for it and turns out, there is no BB for mud! So I have the video, but.......
 
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It is supposed to be very cold tonight so I added some straw to the chicken coop. I added a bucket of straw to the nesting boxes first because sometimes they sleep in there. Then I added a bucket of straw to the coop area under the ladder.
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A big snow storm is due to hit tonight, so I figured now would be a great time to give the ladies some extra hay.
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