chickens and bunnies

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by lostmountain, May 2, 2008.

  1. lostmountain

    lostmountain New Egg

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    We have just decided to get chickens and have already promised our girls bunnies. Can bunnies and chickens share a yard if they have their own "houses" in the yard? We plan on having a large yard with a six foot fence. If we lock the chickens and bunnies in their coop and hutch at night, could we get away with an uncovered yard?
     
  2. GlacierNan

    GlacierNan Out Of The Brooder

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    There is a great blog site at www.hencam.com
    She has a bunnie in with her girls, that has it's own hutch. The stories she tells about them interacting are a hoot! My chicks come in 3 weeks and they will have a bunnie for sure.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    If the bunnies will be in the yard, you will need to do extensive dig-proofing all around the fencing, since although bunnies do not fly as well as chickens do [​IMG] they are top-notch tunnellers.

    There are some disease concerns, but by and large if conditions are kept sanitary *and* the chickens and especially the rabbits are in very good physical shape and not stressed in any way, you are relatively unlikely to have problems with disease transmission between the two.

    ...she sez, still having not *quite* finished research for an article on the subject [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  4. ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr

    ZykloniaDark-GothikRanchr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my bunny lives with my goose and 3 baby roos and they all LOVE each other!! If I move any of them, the rest have a FIT!!! they are all healthy and happy, and have lots of room, and they aren't lonely!! [​IMG]
     
  5. belibutn

    belibutn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How nasty would it be to have an angora in with the hens?
     
  6. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering that too.. I rescued my rabbit last spring and I would LOVE it if he could run around in my big chicken enclosure instead of being stuck in his hutch or the little 10ft portable run I made him. Plus, it'll be great to see them interact (he used to run in my big fenced dog run with my dogs... until I moved!)

    I'll have to make him a ramp for his hutch and see what happens!!! YAY!

    This is Chubs...
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  7. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh kelly, that must be a holland lop........i just got a baby this week [​IMG] Yours is beautiful!!!!!
     
  8. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Someone else said that too when they saw his pictures... but he is pretty small... I think he's either a mini lop or a stunted Holland...

    My neighbor (a farmer) got him with a bunch of girls at an auction. He put them all together in a big hutch (not knowing that Chubs was a boy!) and the girls almost killed him (he must have been too "friendly"!) They skinned his back and ripped half of one of his ears off. He was also VERY underweight. He looked horrible. [​IMG] I grabbed him out of the hutch when I noticed it (I was feeding my neighbors chickens and the bunnies). I told my neighbor about it and he said I could either keep him or just let him loose. So I kept him!

    He's a real sweetheart! (and he's MUCH fatter now! Thus the name!)
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  9. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and I forgot to mention... he and my boyfriend have matching mustaches! Hahaha!! It was meant to be!

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  10. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    OMG......he is related to mine as well [​IMG]

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