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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by alcmaeon, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. alcmaeon

    alcmaeon In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2007
    Hey Folks

    I'm new to this board and to backyard chickens. What I would like to do is learn enough from this board and the others sites I am finding to raise some meat and egg chickens in my backyard. My first question for you is the viability of combining a coop or hutch with more than just chickens. My thoughts were pheasant, grouse or quail and/or rabbits. I have very limited space, but would like to add some variety to the mix. I don't eat commercial meat so if I want a rabbit I have to hunt it or raise it and thus far I have only hunted. My wife wants the eggs so the chickens have the priority.
    I'm thinking like 2-3 chickens and maybe 1-2 other birds or a breeding pair of rabbits whose offspring would be raised to a weight worth slaughtering.
    Can I do this in one coop or am I better off sticking to just chickens?

    My second question is about heat protection, I am in the SF Bay Area in California, and our summer is hot and dry- averaging in the 80's with spikes to 100, but with cool nights often in the 50 and 60s. What precautions in coop design do I need to look at? Would I need a swamp cooler?

    Thanks for letting me ask such basic questions!

  2. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
    Usually you shouldn't mix species of birds together in a coop. Maybe if you were free ranging they could spread out and not bother each other, but in a coop there isn't much room. I have kept rabbits with chickens while they were free ranging, but never in a coop, so I can't help with that.

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