Chickens with bunnies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jolyn, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    I have a bunny that is in a hutch....however i hate that he's caged.....so i would like to put him in the run with the hens later on. If i introduce them early do you think it would work out?

    Anyone have experience with hens and bunnies living together?
     
  2. ebaribault

    ebaribault Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi jolyn,
    I was thinking the same thing to keep the hens company, but a friend of mine told me the hens will peck the bunny.
    And also the rabbit could give the chickens some parasites.

    Good luck with the bunny,
    Ed
     
  3. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Northern California
    Oh bummer!!! Thanks for the reply Ed!
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2008
  4. halfwaynowhere

    halfwaynowhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The breeder I bought one of my bunnies from did just that. She has a few chickens that reside in her rabbitry, and she has an aviary next to the rabbitry, where there are some chickens, along with several other types of birds. She lets the bunnies run around in the aviary, and they do just fine.
     
  5. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    I know somebody that lets her bunny out in the run with her chickens and they do fine. I, myself, have a bunny (in the house!!) along with a house chicken and they basically ignore each other. I had two other chickens in the house as well but they are now relegated to the great outdoors. When they were with the bunny, they didn't really react to each other at all. I think it would be fine to put the bunny with the chickens. Heaven knows, bunnies need to hop around and enjoy doing binkies, etc. Just keep an eye out until you are sure all is well. Good luck!
     
  6. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Rabbits are notorious diggers. It may just tunnel out of a run that you might think predators can't tunnel into.

    Wayne
     

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