Chicken and rabbits in same area?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by daniel-delarosa, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa Songster

    Dec 14, 2010
    Seminole, Oklahoma
    Im getting some rabbits tomorrow and the only place I had to put the hutch is IN my run. Room wise Im ok, but is it safe for the chickens to have rabbits in the same area?

  2. Savannah Poultry

    Savannah Poultry The Source

    Mar 29, 2010
    Lakeview, OR
    I'm not positive as I Don't raise rabbits but I think I remember someone telling me once that you can't keep them together because they can share certain diseases and parasites. Hopefully someone that knows a little better can come on here.
  3. thekid

    thekid Songster

    I heard you can and I believe somebody on here kept one with chickens for 13 years till it died
  4. CatDaddyAlbert

    CatDaddyAlbert NoFeathersRuffled

    Apr 22, 2011
    Gumboro, Delaware
    I do not have bunnies to keep with my chickens but I have very good friends on another farm that keep them together all of the time and they have never had any problems that I know of.

    I think they will be just fine together.

    Good Luck [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
  5. Chickens? WOW

    Chickens? WOW In the Brooder

    Mar 21, 2010
    Western Montana
    I am planning to do the exact same thing... I have asked this question before and was told that yes you can totally keep them together as long as their is plenty of room, and they all have their own place to go to be alone. Sorry I can't remember more![​IMG]
  6. Sword

    Sword Songster

    Dec 27, 2010
    I don't keep them together myself (don't have rabbits), but I know someone who does. She's had no problems that I know of. You do have to bury wire underneath the run. Her rabbits are always trying to dig their way out.
  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    different rabbit different personalities..... we had rabbits in the chook run and some can get very territorial.... they can shred/ kill your chicken with their bite and back legs rucking, so, just in case, be ready to separate them.

  8. te dave

    te dave In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    evangeline parish
    both my bnl and i keep rabbits and chickens in the same area, in fact helps with all the rabbit manure, the chickens scratch and turn it over very often, helps alot with the ammonia smell that will build up if just left alone, not to mention keeps the flys under control also d/t the manure staying drier. however, we have had 2 problems occur over the years. my first hutches were too low to the ground, and the chickens would peck the toes of the young ones, the other is that if the chickens can get on top of the hutches (we use the wire cages), they poop all over the rabbits, and it really makes the does nervous, some have aborted or abandoned litters or have been very difficult to breed. just keep these in mind and you shouldn't have any trouble. in fact after we worked out our 2 problems, everyone seems happy, and are co-existing well. this has been over an 11 year period combined.

    good luck,

  9. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Songster

    Aug 31, 2010
    Lebanon, TN
    Joel Salatin and his son, Daniel, keep layers and rabbits in the same area. The rabbits are in hutches off the ground. The rabbit manure falls to the floor where the chickens can scratch it out. A year or two later the whole hot house gets turns into a green house for tomatoes and such. They also have the rabbits over bins so that the manure goes straight to earth worm for direct composting.
  10. In His Service

    In His Service Wise Men Still Seek Him

    Apr 25, 2010
    And if the bunnies get too rambunctious...


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