Although hutches pose challenges when the weather is wet — particularly for the people taking care of calves — it is not recommended to add an additional roof over the hutches as this will limit ventilation, says Becky Brotzman, veterinarian and associate outreach specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Put a roof over your calf hutches?“Calf hutches rely on wind to ventilate, so although a roof would decrease the rain and snow falling in front of the hutches, it will also limit fresh air delivery to calves inside. This could be particularly problematic in the summer, when ventilation rates must be much higher to deal with heat, and when we already need to prop up hutches on cinder blocks to allow more wind to enter the hutch,” Brotzman said in a recent issue of Vita Plus Starting Strong Calf Care E-news.

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