Our bunny won't stop humping one of the hens! Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AustinChick8717, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. AustinChick8717

    AustinChick8717 New Egg

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    I know this sounds funny (believe me!), but I'm wondering if this could harm our hen? For the past few days, the bunny won't stop mounting her and won't leave her alone. This goes on all day! The bunny has never paid any attention to the hens, but it's been constant for the past 2 days. I feel so bad for our girl!

    Is there anything I can put on her back that will repel the bunny? Can she defend herself if she was being hurt? Should I get rid of our bunny?

    I know it's all "nature", but I still don't want this bunny to drive my hen coo-coo!

    Any suggestions from anyone out there that might have experienced the same thing? Or do I have the only hen-crazy bunny?
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Haha! Sorry I am giggling. We have wild bunnies out with our chickens and I have never seen anything like that. So I would say if he isn't injuring the hen then what do you do. My hens just give the bunnies stink-eye and they move to the side. [​IMG]

    Get him a new bunny friend? New girlfriend?
     
  3. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Call me crazy, but how about just housing them separately?
     
  4. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    The bunny might just need a "friend". Do they have enough space to get far away from each other?
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Ditto on housing them separately, at least until the bun gets over the need to breed. He could hurt your hen, rabbits have sharp teeth and claws, not to mention that chickens and rabbits don't do things the same when it come to mating. Maybe get him neutered, though that still may not get rid of his desire.
    And, for what its worth, most rabbits don't care to have friends (as in, they don't like to live with other rabbits). Some people do well keeping them in colonies with a lot of space, but housing rabbits together typically results in a lot of fighting and stress for them and their keeper.

    Anyway, you aren't the only person who's had this problem, if that's any comfort. But, I do think its something you should nip in the bud, or at the least, monitor very closely.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Female rabbits typically do not like living together. Males with males, and males with females will usually get long just fine all year. Get your bunny a friend. I would not separate them if it means the rabbits will have less outdoor freedom.
     

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