Health questions about rabbit kept with chickens

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by SIMZ, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello! We keep a 4 year old female flemish giant with our chickens. She's been with them for about 1 1/2 years. She has her own hutch in the run, but spends most of her free time hanging around in the chicken coop. Our chickens have a huge fenced in area (between 1/8-1/4 of an acre) to free range, so the rabbit also wanders around as well.

    Questions:

    * I routinely worm and dust my chickens (they've had lice & mites at different times). Should I be doing the same with the rabbit? If so, what should I use?

    * The rabbit eats the chicken food - almost exclusively. Is this a problem? (She has rabbit food available but turns her nose up at it unless she can't get to the chicken food.)


    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013
  2. TwinArrowsFarm

    TwinArrowsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is an interesting question that I would also like to know the answer to. Anybody??
     
  3. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    If you see lice or mites on the rabbit, then dust. If the rabbit has lice, rest assured they are not from the chickens.
     

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