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Can a rabbit live in my chicken coop with my chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by moodlymoo, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. moodlymoo

    moodlymoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a very tame male rabbit who lives all alone in his cage and I was wondering if he can move in with the girls when they get a bit older? Is it bad if they eat his food? Will he or his poo or chicken poo cause problems for the other one?
     
  2. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can only be in the same area if you keep them out of each others poo. If they share bedding where rabbits are hopping around where chickens poo then you risk losing your rabbits.
     
  3. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Both of my daughters have rabbits and chickens with their babies in full range habitant with no problems. I think it might depend on how much space there is. Any time you have too small a space all animals can suffer from sanitation problems.
     
  4. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a rabbit and a turkey living in the hen house and run without any problems except they both grew to be huge.
     
  5. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The day after I brought her home, this chicken ran to Boo-boo the rabbit for protection!

    Here's the funny looking chicken asking for trouble!

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    On a serious note: You need to be sure that both species are free of coccidia and yes, IMO, be pretty scrupulous about cleaning.

    Male rabbits can be pretty territorial when they reach adulthood - another thing to bear in mind. They can be pretty tough.

    BTW - I got my first eggs from a recently adopted hen today and yesterday. She laid them in the rabbit house...![​IMG]
     
  6. Tressa27884

    Tressa27884 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two male rabbits in my chicken run and they've done fine. I'm pretty good about keeping the run and coop clean, but the chickens don't seem to mind the rabbits in the coop. My run is fairly large 10 feet wide, 10 feet tall and about 20 feet long. I have 13 hens, 1 rooster, 2 cockatiels, several parakeets, a dove, and two rabbits in there.

    Tressa
     
  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Well all i Know is I have wild rabbits that like my chickens and also are found in the coop with my chickens from time to time. The chickens seem to accept them and the rabbits seem perfectly ok with it too.
     

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