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Rabbit hutch for chickens???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jt, May 1, 2008.

  1. jt

    jt New Egg

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    I've wanted chickens in our small, suburban backyard for a while. A friend has offered to give me what she used as a rabbit hutch. It is a wooden box about 2 x 4-5 feet in 2 sections connected by an archway. It has a mesh screen on one side and a roof. It has legs, and is about 3 feet off the ground.

    Can I use the former rabbit hutch for chickens? I assume I will need to build a ramp for the chickens to get to the ground, and perhaps enclose an area for them to roam without danger from cats in the neighborhood. I am thinking of 2, possibly 3 chickens.

    I would appreciate any help you can provide! Thanks
     
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Hi Dawnn, the cage I used for my chicks was basically a rabbit hutch or could be used as such. In fact where we got it we almost bought a rabbit hutch the only difference in the two was the rabbit hutch was 6 inches taller and the door was tall not long like the one on mine. I am sending a picture of the one I used. I would use one if I could have. Hope it helps. Trudy:jumpy

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    this has a lifting roof and slide out pan and the wire bottom lifts out to clean too.[​IMG]
     
  4. Dawn419

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    Hi Trudy!

    We almost bought the one you have, but opted to go with the rabbit hutch by Ware (from Tractor Supply) because of the tall, skinny door. I had visions of opening the door (on the one like you have) and chickens flying out everywhere...[​IMG]

    We use ours mainly to break up our broody hens but we're using it as an "intoduction cage" right now to integrate/add some younger birds I hatched in the bator to our existing hatch.


    Dawn
     

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