If you ask most people whether they have pets, they may well say yes, but the species they tend to keep will often be similar: domestic dogs or cats. This is understandable. Canine and feline friends make the perfect companions!
However, if you find yourself paired up with more unlikely species, you may have to accept that your pet cannot live indoors, as they cannot be housetrained in the same manner that kittens and puppies can from a young age.
If you have outdoor pets, fear not. You can still provide them with safe and comfortable accommodation. You might just have to do a little more research around the subject. Here are a few different ways to make your garden the perfect living space for just a few different types of outdoor pets.
Horses, Ponies, Donkeys, and Mules
Equine animals are often much too large to accommodate in your personal home. They also cannot be house trained and fair better outdoors in large, open spaces where they can trot and gallop to their heart’s content.
However, from dusk onwards, they should be housed in stables to protect them from the elements, allow them warmth, and keep them out of the way of predators. Vale Stables are a good place to start if you are considering investing in quality equestrian timber buildings. They can offer advice and ideas regarding the best size for your pet, as well as optional extras for their safety and security.
Pigeons make wonderful companions. They are often unfairly cast with negative associations, with people claiming that they are dirty, stupid, or a pest. Pigeons are, in fact, clean birds and highly intelligent. These slurs to their reputation are sadly the result of rumours spread by pest control companies.
The pigeons that you see on the street are actually the descendents of racing or homing pigeons bred by fanciers in the past. They have simply made a bid at life in the wild and proven extremely successful.
While it is unfair to keep birds in cages and the practice of breeding birds to be kept as flightless pets is questionable, you can easily form a bond with a pigeon through sheer kindness. If you come across an injured pigeon and take care of it, you may find that they follow their homing instinct and return to you day in and day out. In situations such as this, you’ll want to offer them a form of accommodation.
Pigeon lofts are the way to go! A small loft is essentially a shed that the bird can nest in. A wooden trap on the front allows them to get in and out as they please while keeping predators out. It’s the perfect set up!
More and more people are opting to keep a flock of chickens or brood of hens of their own. Not only are you rewarded with the companionship of some fine feathered friends, but you also get a constant supply of eggs!
Allowing your chickens free roam of your garden can guarantee them a healthy and happy life. However, it’s important to remember that they are extremely susceptible to predators: foxes in particular. So invest in a secure, high-quality chicken coop where they can retire at night, safe and warm.
These are just a few different outdoor pets who can become a part of your loving family. Just remember that as soon as you take on ownership of any animal, you become responsible for their health, happiness and wellbeing. So make sure that they are warm, safe, well fed and have the best housing possible.