Bunnies and Guinea Pigs --- sharing a cage?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Hoover67, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Songster

    May 31, 2008
    My son was reading a book on rabbits the other night. He said that it said the guinea pigs make good companions for rabbits? Does anyone keep the two in the same cage?

  2. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    It'll be a no no. They need a different diets and they may fight with one another.
  3. cherrychicken

    cherrychicken Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    absolutely not the rabbit will kill the pig!
  4. Hoover67

    Hoover67 Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Glad I asked. We are new to rabbits. Just goes to show that you cannot believe much of what you read! I sure hope we are not making any other mistakes too. Good thing I did not let DS spend money on a guinea pig. I sure do not want another cage!!!
  5. CountryMom

    CountryMom Songster

    Jun 21, 2008
    South Texas
    Guinea Pigs are not good cage mates to Rabbits at all. I breed and raise pigs and I could not see even one of our toughest being able to win a fight with a rabbit. Dietary wise they are really not too far off. Cavies need at least 20 % protein and a vitamin C supply. We use a Rabbit breeder pellet actually to feed our pigs as I cannot get decent cavy pellets in the quantity I need. Then we put human grade Crystalized C in their water. Also, a guinea pig is much better suited to a controled envirnoment like a house with AC and heat. Rabbits can take a lot more temperature extremes. Rabbits can and do house better on a wire bottom cage where as guinea pigs tend to break their legs on wire bottoms. All of our stock is kept on solid bottom pans with bedding. Both can be good pets and good show animals depending on what you desire to do with them.
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    I have a scare on my hand from trying to separate a male guinea pig and a male rabbit... [​IMG]
  7. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Hoover, i did the same thing kinda......we got a second bunny so our new bunny would not be lonely [​IMG] I now have 2 bunny cages to clean [​IMG]
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    i have housed guinea pigs and rabbits together successfully more than once.

    i have one rabbit and 3 guinea pigs in a chicken tractor and they get along very well. their diet is as stated, very similar. like any situation, it will depend on the animals. watch them closely upon introduction.

    it was actually recommended in a rabbit husbandry book; they make good 'cell mates'[​IMG]. ours are all male.
    they were all intro'd at different times. they are a happy group and follow each other all over.

    they also do inspection work when dad builds new chicken tractors...[​IMG]



  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    forgot to add...they come in when the weather cools and have cages all side by side! the guineas don't do michigan winters!
  10. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Mostly I have heard that no, it isnt a good idea, though I have also known of a few people who have done this successfully.

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