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 I know many people fret when the temperatures drop below freezing, but if you take some precautions,​ you don’t have to suffer losses to the cold. Use nest boxes made out of material that insulates and make sure your does have plenty of nesting material. I know many people fret when the temperatures drop below freezing, but if you take some precautions,​ you don’t have to suffer losses to the cold. Use nest boxes made out of material that insulates and make sure your does have plenty of nesting material.
  
-{{ :​farm:​rerun-2011-01-01_12-34-46.jpg?​nolink&​200|}}{{:​farm:​2008-06-24_16-26-43_001b.jpg?​nolink&​200 |}}I use either wooden nest boxes with lids or plastic storage bins (about 18" x 12" x 8" high) with a 6" hole cut in one side and the lid on (see the photos on the [[care:housing|housing]] page). I set that on top of a piece of plywood so there are several layers of something between the babies and the cage wire. Remember that babies wiggling around will often end up on the bare floor of the nestbox so it’s important that that not be metal. My nest boxes are big enough that the does can sit inside next to the babies without sitting on them. Many of my does sit near the babies when it's really cold. I make sure the does have plenty of straw for bedding.+{{ :​farm:​rerun-2011-01-01_12-34-46.jpg?​nolink&​200|}}{{:​farm:​2008-06-24_16-26-43_001b.jpg?​nolink&​200 |}}I use either wooden nest boxes with lids or plastic storage bins (about 18" x 12" x 8" high) with a 6" hole cut in one side and the lid on (see the photos on the [[housing|housing]] page). I set that on top of a piece of plywood so there are several layers of something between the babies and the cage wire. Remember that babies wiggling around will often end up on the bare floor of the nestbox so it’s important that that not be metal. My nest boxes are big enough that the does can sit inside next to the babies without sitting on them. Many of my does sit near the babies when it's really cold. I make sure the does have plenty of straw for bedding.
  
  
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