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The other plus with sheds is that the timber is more natural and suits the animals better. These kennels, cages and hutches are available from any shed makers but at the moment Leisure Buildings don’t have an option for them although if the shed is a decent size then it may be worth asking or they may be able to adapt one of their sheds for sale.
However, one of the downsides to timber is that they are flammable so care must be taken to ensure no naked flames are put near them. With the straw, which is used for bedding, it can be very easy for them to catch light which can be tragic, certainly for your poor animals in the shed. You also need to think about how you explain to a small child what has happened to their favourite pet – not a nice thought.
Recently in Marlow in Buckinghamshire 20 rabbits had to be rescued from a wooden shed where they were living nearby by fire fighters. This large 9X9 shed had caught light shortly before 9.30 and a fire crew from High Wycombe was called in an attempt to save it and the rabbits from harm. Thankfully the blaze was managed to be extinguished by the use of a fan and as the rabbits were in an adjoining garden building at that time they were unhurt.
However, the shed itself could not be saved not the rabbit hutches inside. The crew manager, Bill Lambrich, said that he was relieved to find, on closer inspection, that all the hutches were unoccupied at that time. When they looked in the adjoining shed they were greeted by the ‘twitching noses’ of about 20 rabbits. Thankfully they were no worse for wear after this close encounter and were scurrying about.
The fire was prevented from spreading by the use of the fan for about an hour and an inspection was carried out later that day to check on the rabbits and to ensure the garden was safe.
This just goes to show how easy it is to have a possible disaster so care must be taken at all times. In some ways if fire is a risk then the use of metal sheds would offer a safer option. Not quite as nice as wood but certainly are worth considering.