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Rabbits coexist with chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by harley96cube, May 16, 2011.

  1. harley96cube

    harley96cube In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2010
    My chicken run is about 1600 sq. ft (40' x 40').
    The primary fence is wire mesh that has 2" x 4" holes.
    Yesterday I put a row of chicken wire around the bottom of the inside of the fence...so when I have little chicks, they can't just escape through the wire mesh.
    This got me thinking about rabbits.
    Would rabbits and chickens coexist in the same run o.k.?
    I was thinking about just making a couple of ground level boxes with slanted roofs to keep the water off and getting a couple of rabbits.

    Anyone have experience with rabbits and chickens sharing a run (fenced in outdoor area)?

    Would the rabbits dig under the fence and escape? (which would be deadly, as my dog would get them).

  2. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Songster

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    Quote:I don't have my rabbits in with my chickens yet but plan on doing it at some point. My boss has his together and they do just fine. When he first put them together they all kept their distance but after a short time they were ok. One morning while checking on them he couldn't find one of his banties and finally found her cuddled up with the rabbits!!! I would just recommend doing it when you have time to sit out and watch them for a bit. Also make sure you have somewhere for the rabbits to get into to hide if they want. Good luck!

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    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  3. THough1956

    THough1956 Songster

    I would think rabbits would dig under that fence. I would also worry about disease housing them together. I don't keep mine together.
  4. alchik

    alchik In the Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Cross contamination would be my worry too.
  5. pistol123

    pistol123 Chirping

    Mar 16, 2011
    My chickens watch out for my rabbit and he thinks he is one of them, eats and sleeps with them.
  6. CheekyChooks

    CheekyChooks Chirping

    Apr 22, 2011
    Bless! I think as long as the coop/run is big enough and they can get out of each others way then it is probably fine. Though rabbits like to 'binky' alot (where they buck and flip in the air when they are happy) so a large rabbit could accidentally hit a hen quite hard doing this as they don't think about whats around when they do it.

    How would you keep their food seperate, would the rabbit have his own hutch in the chickens run?
  7. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
    i had a rabbit i got for free living with my chickens for about a year and then i sold him he drank from the chicken waterer and ate their feed and he did fine

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