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can chickens and rabbits live together?

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We have chicken's and rabbit's. Right now they are in separate runs. One of our bunny's gave us baby's this morning. A friend is giving us an old shed. We are going to turn it into a chicken house. We was going to combine the two runs so both could use the housing. What will happen if both chickens and rabbit's are together? Right now they share a wall of the fence.

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I don't need advice now. I did a search on it. Thanks any way.
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I have 5 chickens and 3 rabbits.  They are not housed together, rabbits live in their hutch and the chickens have their coop&run. I do let them out in the yard together.They all get along fine when everybody is out and about in the yard. But since rabbits are diggers, I find that the rabbits go into the chicken run area and dig large holes(actually they are more like tunnels) that I am constanly filling back in. I think they like the feel of the sand. Last year when we were building the run we didn't have the rabbits yet. And now thinking back when I had had 2 rabbits years back (but no chickens then ) they were not diggers, they had run of my yard during the day and they rarely dug holes. This spring/summer we are doing modifications to the yard so everybody can live happily( and have no escapees)-chickens, rabbits and turtles.

Lorain
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My gang-2 German Shepherds-1 B&G Macaw, 5 chickens, 2 rabbits, box turtles, 3 ducks, fish!

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Lorain
Right here,Right now, I'm exactly where I'm suppose to be....... Welcome To Wherever You Are........
My gang-2 German Shepherds-1 B&G Macaw, 5 chickens, 2 rabbits, box turtles, 3 ducks, fish!

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My rabbits are in the same building, but they are in cages.

 

I had a rabbit loose and he attacked and injured my ducks.  So if you want to try it, pay close attention and be ready to separate.

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Thanks for the replies. Not sure what we are going to do yet. Our other rabbit gave us 6 more babies. The rabbits are my bf's. The chicken's are mine. I kinda feel sorry for his bunny's but not really. I might just take over the whole thing for my chicken's. L.O.L.

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It makes a difference whether you have one pet rabbit (as I do) or if you are raising your rabbits for meat or show. One rabbit can live quite happily with a flock - if you set it up right. See my FAQ  http://www.hencam.com/henblog/rabbits-and-chickens/ and watch the rabbit live on www.HenCam.com. But, intact male rabbits do sometimes try to mount hens (!) and I wouldn't trust chickens around baby rabbits (chickens to eat mice.) So, it's really a situational answer.

Terry Golson

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The chickens will kill and eat the baby bunnies. My flock found a wild rabbits nest and started killing them.

 

 

  

 

 

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One is a going to be a show rabbit. The other two were meat rabbits. He wasn't ready to cull them yet when we got them. We've had them about a month. That's how we ended up with baby's. They were all supposed to be males.

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