Rabbits harrassing hen

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Catalinda8, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Catalinda8

    Catalinda8 New Egg

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    We've got a little flock of 8 hens, and two New Zealand White rabbits that all share our fenced-in yard. For whatever reason, the two rabbits have decided to harrass one hen in particular. They chase her around the yard, jump on her as if mating, pluck out her feathers, and generally make life miserable for her. It's just this one particular hen. I got a hen saddle for her, but I haven't been able to get it on her yet. The better solution would be to find a way to stop the rabbits from going after her. Has anyone run into this before? I would hate to have to pen up either the rabbits or the chickens, as generally they get along fine, and they had stopped bothering her after her last molt, but now it's starting up again. Any suggestions?
     
  2. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    " I would hate to have to pen up either the rabbits or the chickens, as generally they get along fine "

    They may have had their good days, but they are not getting along fine.
    If you separate the hen from the yard, the rabbits may choose another victim.
    By chance is she a different color than the rest? I wonder what would make them single her out...
    Your poor hen does not need a saddle, and unless you give her full body armor they can still hurt/bite her. Pulling feathers is not good, I wouldn't tolerate that for even a day.

    Are the rabbits both males? If yes, are they both neutered yet?

    Or are they a breeding pair? Maybe protecting an area? I had a pair in a 40ft grass run and they dug a hole several feet down. In any case, I highly recommend separation for a bit.
    Good luck.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2014

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