Rabbit hutch in chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MattalynsBarn, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Songster

    Jun 11, 2010
    I'm wondering if it's okay to put the rabbit hutch in the fenced-in dog pen that we have for the chickens? The bottom of the hutch is about 2 feet off the ground, so the can't peck her, and the hutch is out there now so they can get used to it before there's anything alive in it. We have 9 chickens and most of them have met her when they're come in to visit. So the only concern I have is the waste. Can the chickens be around the rabbit waste? And vise-verse?
  2. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Songster

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I have seen a few threads with pictures of rabbit hutches in chicken runs. I think it said the chickens like to "go through" the rabbit poop. I also saw a pic of a rabbit that lives loose in the chicken run and sleeps in the coop with the chickens! I think it would be fine. I'd even be tempted to let the rabbit out for a little exercise (with supervision of course) if you have an enclosed run. I bet she'd love it. And I can't imagine that it would be that much different that my rabbit being in his tractor exposed to dog poo at some point and wild bird droppings I'm sure.

    eta: I'd be the most worried about your rooster.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011
  3. TajMahalChickens

    TajMahalChickens Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    I think it would be fine...I have know of someone who has their rabbit hutch in the run. Not sure if that means it is ok, but they haven't mentioned any problems with it.
  4. paddock36

    paddock36 Crowing

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I used to have rabbits and my pens were inside the run. I never had a problem and yes the chickens take care of the droppings [​IMG]
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    My chickens eat horse and goat poo, I can't imagine they'd stop at rabbit poo. They'll spread it out for you, too. I've heard of rabbits and chickens co-existing several times, no problems.
  6. Zoomom

    Zoomom Certified Cackleberry Consumer

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Just make sure the rabbit can't dig out and under the fence. Rabbits do like to dig and burrow so watch that any excavations don't provide an escape hole. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  7. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2010
    Good news to me! i have been thinking about adding meat rabbits... so this answered a question i didn't even knew i had!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2011
  8. Upcycled

    Upcycled In the Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    Be careful if your chicks were vaccinated against Coccidiosis at the hatchery, as they will continue to shed the oocysts for a time. Once they are in the dirt in your yard this could endanger younger rabbits who are not benefit of such preventative medicine.

    Do your due diligence with regard to sanitation and poke around for some more facts regarding the types of disease shared by poultry and rabbits.

    I house my chickens in an enclosed coop and the rabbits are on the "exterior", elevated in wire cages above a common cement floor under the same shed roof. But I don't let them romp together. My rabbits NEVER touch the ground.

    Do your homework first. They can live rather closely, but some situations will work better than others.
  9. Hippie Chicks Mom

    Hippie Chicks Mom Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Near Old Forge NY
    My rabbit hutch is inside the coop and works fine. I let them out when I clean the coop and only once did one of the girls look threatened by the bun, now they pretty much ignore them (rabbits). we are building a bigger coop this spring and are planning on incorporating the hutch inside. Makes for one cleaning. Much easier. They seem to all get along well.
  10. ModernGameGrl

    ModernGameGrl In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2011
    Chippewa County
    I would make sure the top of the rabbit cage is covered so if your chickens roost on it they don't drop fecal matter in with the rabbits as they can spread a few diseases to rabbits.

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