Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BrackenFarms, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. BrackenFarms

    BrackenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    Are rabbits really a nuisance or predator to chickens? Why? I am asking because i saw in an advertisement for the electric free range fencing they listed rabbits along with a coyote and a fox???
  2. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    I let my rabbits run around in the yard sometimes with my free range chickens and they don't even care about the chickens..lol

    i guess because most of mine i let out are female rabbits i know male rabbits can be kinda mean sometimes
  3. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    Rabbits are terrible predators of my garden plants. Maybe hens and chicks are at risk but I'm not sure if rabbits like succulants.

    I wouldn't worry about bunnies, especially if you're fencing out coyotes and foxes. Rabbits are prey animals themselves.

    Happy Solstice!

  4. chickypoo

    chickypoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2008
    I think they are referring to rabbits eating the chicken feed. We have had an increase in rabbit numbers since we got the chickens. Luckily the coyotes only seem to be interested in the rabbits so far.
  5. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    I think the reason they want to keep rabbits away is for their digging abilities. They could dig into a coop very easily & cause trouble when other predators use their holes. That & they aren't the friendliest to new chicks.
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    A long time ago, I had just bought baby chicks from the feed store and I had them in a cage with a divider. ON the other side was a rabbit, The next morning I found that somehow the chicks got through the divider and the rabbit ate them. But He had food so I seriously doubt that he was hungry.. But anyways..

    I have free range rabbits and they have never hurt the chickens.
    But yes, they do eat the chickens feed.
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    If rabbits are a problem around your coop, get these chickens. I love this video.

  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    This is why rabbits might have to be kept away from the flock.

  9. Sequin

    Sequin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    [​IMG] Those chicken/rabbit vids are Crazy!!! Very tolerant chicken in the second video. Even I wanted to boot the little rascle. [​IMG] Thanks for sharing those. The first one was hysterical.
  10. SilkieChick00

    SilkieChick00 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 17, 2008
    Des Moines, Iowa

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