rabbits and chickens

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Janet, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. Janet

    Janet New Egg

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    Even though our baby chicks are now in the hen house, we still have the rabbit loose in the large run (the chicks brooded in the rabbit cage). Anyway, the rabbit has managed to be safe for 2 weeks now in the run so I am feeling pretty optimistic about security for the run---the electric wire, unfortunately, killed two squirrels and a bird--but the dogs sure have left the neighborhood.
    Do you think the rabbit can stay in the run when we let the chickens into the run? Do they get along? We can move the rabbit back to its cage but it seems so happy out there hopping all around and rolling in the grass!
     
  2. Julie R

    Julie R Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont see why they would not get along just fine -- right now i have a rooster and one hen sharing a run with my two male ducks and " next door " in another run is my two rabbits and they all get along fine sometimes I let the ducks/chickens into the yard with the rabbits and they do fine my hen is alittle flighty when the rabbits are behind her and once in awhile my rooster likes to chase the rabbits but does not hurt them.

    Julie R
     
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey I was wondering the same thing.......I have 2 rabbits and would love for them to be in a run of somesort..along with my baby barred rocks..... so much grass for them out here since we have had so much rain........I threw some clippings in coop today for my Gunieas......they went totally mad [​IMG] ....so hoping to build a tractor soon and try it.....
     
  4. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have friends whose rabbits and chickens co-habitate just fine. Only thing is, one needs to be mindful of the fact that rabbits like to burrow. I'm not sure what preventive measure they've taken.
     
  5. Janet

    Janet New Egg

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    oh dear...you are right about the burrowing...that could be a problem. I'll have to watch him now and see how big of a problem it is before we put the chickens in there. Thanks for the "heads up"....
     
  6. EboyDog

    EboyDog Out Of The Brooder

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    I "had" two rabbits in my run with the chickens and they got alogn very well, I wished I would have known more about the burrowing as that was how they got out and unfortunatly Missy my golden retriever got them.

    To only issue that I had was that I was concerned about their feed, I tried feeding them their food but the turkeys found it much more tasty but other than that they did very well

    My rabbits were name Crimson and Clover and Crimson I believe actually believe he was chicken as he would climb up the ramp into the coop were the chickens roosted at night and sleep with them, Crimson also would flock with them when I would let the chickens free range, he would stay with them and when one chicken went running after a bug, he would chase it to as if he wanted it too!! OH!!! and in a most almost twisted funny thing, I had a hen that hurt her leg in feeder accident and fr a few days the hen limped around and couldn't move very well.... Seems that Crimson took advantage of her and tried to do the "wild thing" on her.

    When I saw it I almost passed out laughing but as a good parent I promptly took the garden hose to the rabbit to "cool him off" [​IMG] !!
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2007

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