Rabbit in love with my chicken

usnimtz

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
2
0
7
This is not a joke. I have 6 free range chickens. Recently our domestic rabbit got loose and decided she loved it. She now hangs all day with the chickens and acts as though she is one of them. Unfortunately she has recently fell in love with one of them and to our surprise Rapunzel is not a female. She has been mating one of my hens. I thought this was just very strange but now I'm finding some of those eggs with blood in them. I have read up and understand this is a fertilized egg and there is not a rooster around my house anywhere. What can be the explanation for this? Has anyone had this problem too. I have read on here that people keep rabbits and hens together but cannot find another post like this.
 

jeepgirl13

Crowing
Mar 13, 2013
1,065
2,059
336
Arizona
Blood does not mean fertile eggs. There are many reasons for blood in your eggs. The rabbit could be hurting your hens. I would start by searching "fertile eggs vs infertile pics" here on byc so you get an idea of what a fertile egg really looks like. Then I would start reading everything I could find on blood in eggs. Perhaps from here you can figure out what is causing it, but I feel the rabbit is inflicting pain on your hens
 

usnimtz

Hatching
6 Years
Apr 17, 2013
2
0
7
Thank you. I had only searched on line and not on this site. I don't understand why my hen does not peck her to keep her away. They actually let her eat with them and wander around together. The rabbit is very docile and will even come up to be petted. Not sure how I can keep her away from them. I didn't think the rabbit would last out on it's own but it has been for a couple of months now. Although we live in the woods with plenty of rabbits, he has not found a rabbit mate.
 

KatieKitt

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 16, 2013
10
1
26
Thank you. I had only searched on line and not on this site. I don't understand why my hen does not peck her to keep her away. They actually let her eat with them and wander around together. The rabbit is very docile and will even come up to be petted. Not sure how I can keep her away from them. I didn't think the rabbit would last out on it's own but it has been for a couple of months now. Although we live in the woods with plenty of rabbits, he has not found a rabbit mate.

Wild rabbits and domestic rabbits cannot breed. Their chomosomal counts are different. For the sake and safety of your domestic rabbit, I would get him an appropriate cage/pen and allow only supervised play time out of that pen. A loose domestic rabbit is easy prey for a predator and it's simple luck that you haven't lost him yet. Rabbits are territorial and he would probably appreciate having a safe home of his own.
 
Last edited:

chickenpets786

In the Brooder
Nov 7, 2015
58
0
41
just neuter/spay your rabbit.I have 3 chickens and 1 rabbit and they are good friends most of the time.
 
Last edited:

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
27,615
27,066
917
CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
Your rabbit IS hurting your hens. Their anatomy is vastly different. Roosters DO not have a penis. Any animal that does and breeds your chickens is capable of killing them. If you intend to keep this rabbit, and your chickens, they will each need their own separate housing. Sorry it's not working out to let them live together, but for the safety of your hens, that's not possible. It might be successful with a female rabbit.
 

chickenpets786

In the Brooder
Nov 7, 2015
58
0
41
well its my chickens that give him the occasional peck but are good most of the time and stay together outdoors and the don't hump btw.
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom