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Rabbit killing chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ravencreek, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. ravencreek

    ravencreek Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Benton TN
    Ok I may have one of the strangest chicken murders ever. My sons rabbit who runs loose on our property but is still very tame and lovable dug into my chicken pen and I think killed 2 of my white leg horn hens. I found them dead this morning with bloody rumps that had been chewed by something as well as their wing tips and feet. Well I first thought it was a wild animal of some sort but out of the coop hops Jingles the rabbit. Could he have killed them? And why? He gets along well with them when they are out during the day in the yard. He does chase and try to mate them sometimes but is never aggressive with them. Any ideas?
  2. Actually this does not surprise me. We for a short time kept a tame white rabbit in our run. At the same time I had a hatch of Pekins and Cayugas hatch out. The rabbit killed all but two of the ducklings within the first few days they were alive. IT actually chewed their beaks off while they were alive yet and either we had to put them down or they died from shock ect. A am guessing that a chicken would not be much harder for a rabbit to kill.
  3. Nikki28

    Nikki28 David Bowie is my co-pilot

    Dec 15, 2008
    Sounds like a bunny to me. I'm guessing he is not neutered. Buns can be nasty things when their hormones start going When we had the bunny spay/neuter clinics some of the bucks would try to attack our faces [​IMG] the owners always said how sweet they were 90% of the time.
  4. ravencreek

    ravencreek Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Benton TN
    Thats the strange part. He is neutered. Yet he still tries to mount everything. He is around 15 months old and was fixed not long after we got him at 9 weeks. So I don't understand why he still has the behavior. I have never had chickens and a rabbit at the same time so I never thought something like this could happen. I hope he doesn't decide its a game and continue to dig into my other pens and kill again. I may be rehoming a rabbit!
  5. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Songster

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Rather than rehome him why not put him in a rabbit hutch?
    rabits left to run around free contract all sorts of parasites not to forget to mention easy pick off by preditors.

    Mounting is normal for even altered rabbits, has nothing to do with hormones but everything to do with dominance.
    Female rabbits will mount another male or female to prove who is top rabbit.
  6. kaytlynng123

    kaytlynng123 Hatching

    Dec 29, 2008
    a rabbit cant catch a chicken for one because they would fly away and for 2 the rabbit could have chewed on them after they were dead and you just may have found him there with the chickens
    Stephine likes this.
  7. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    What Gypsy said -- the mounting is about dominance, not sex.

    Chasing and mounting ARE aggressive behaviors -- and chickens are really weird about letting other animals do terrible things to them, while the chickens are roosting.

    Sorry for your losses! Don't rehome the bunny -- just reinforce the chicken pen so he can't dig into it!
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Two words, Rabbit Hutch.
  9. Suess hens

    Suess hens Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    Once again I have learned something new from BYC. I was going to get a bunny and house him in a patch next to the chickens, separated by a redwood fence. But now I am rethinking that idea.
    I'm sorry for your loss. We always think of bunnies as sweet little things, and the bad bunny stories are just a rarity...but I'm starting to think we maybe they are mean little creatures that are just sometimes nice.
  10. PunkerTechnoRoo?ter

    PunkerTechnoRoo?ter Songster

    Dec 29, 2008
    Rabbits that my family raised were mean, bloodthirsty creatures. One attacked and partially ate a baby chipmunk. Oh and their cannibals

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