Anyone house chickens and caged rabbits in the same area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DianeS, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    I used to keep my rabbits in a different area of the yard, but that was before someone came in and stole one! So now they're in the chicken run, behind the locked run door. Still in individual cages.

    But right now they're just sitting there on the ground, and I'd like something different. Elevated, maybe attached to the chicken coop, or maybe to the side of the run, or something else.

    So I thought I'd ask if anyone else does this, and what setup you chose to use. Pictures would be great to see, if you have them! Thanks!
  2. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    My sis and I used to share a building rabbits down one side and chickens down the other. If I remember correctly there was some concern about the poultry giving the rabbits coccidiosis, but the rabbits were in suspended cages, and did not come into contact with poultry fecal matter (other than wild birds). The rabbits never got sick.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I keep rabbits in my chicken run...they are in cages off the ground

    lots of experts on this one...most tell you it is the worst thing to do...guess I am bad...and lucky
  4. sawfish99

    sawfish99 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2010
    North Stonington
    Quote:When I was a teenager we had rabbits and chickens in runs that shared 1 fence side of each cage. Shortly after the rabbits started breeding, we had 25 rabbits die in less than a week. A vet friend diagnosed the cause as coccidiosis. I don't know for sure that it was caused by the hens, but I definitely won't be housing rabbits next to chickens again.
  5. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    at the feed store the other day, I happened to meet a professional rabbit breeder. I asked if they could share the run with chickens. She told me rabbits will get disease from the fecal matter of chickens if allowed to be on the same ground. She said that rabbits in an elevated cage in the run were fine, as long as they weren't allowed to roam the same ground as the chickens
  6. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2010
    Lafayette, Indiana
    My bunny is litter box trained in the house. [​IMG] [​IMG] Poor hens have their own little house/run outside - but they are poopy things. [​IMG] If they weren't... they'd probably be in here too. [​IMG]
  7. nica99

    nica99 New Egg

    Nov 23, 2010
    In our run our chickens, rabbits, and nigerian dwarf goats all cohabitate. The rabbits are caged off the ground and my husband built them a a little "roof" like piece over the top of their cages so that the chickens wouldnt roost above them. They have all been living together for almost a year and we have had no problems.
  8. kcsunshine

    kcsunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Maryville, Tennessee
    I have 2 Black Australorp hens living under rabbit cages during the day. At night I put them on the roost with the other chickens (they can't stay with the others because they're always picked on). I have another shelter with rabbits and when the other hens free range, the first place they run is the rabbits (cages hang on the wall). Not problems with chicken or rabbit illnesses but then these are older rabbits and we're not breeding them.
  9. BHep

    BHep Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 20, 2010
    Faison, NC
    I have a rabbit that lives with my chickens.....he has a dog house in their coop that he sleeps in, my rooster sleep on top. He even free ranges with them and goes back in the coop at dinner time just like the chickens. He has been living with chickens his whole life he is about 7 years old. Guess I am lucky that no-one has gotten sick.
  10. Medicine Man

    Medicine Man Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2010
    Apple Hill
    Joel Salatin does:


    also his practices can be shocking in spite of his elevated reputation so i don't know.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010

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