would a rabbit kill a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by vincehick, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. vincehick

    vincehick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2010
    leroy twp., OH
    i just found my 12 week old hen dead. I could not see a positive cause of death. she had a broken wing and few tiny blood spots on her head and face.
    we got a good amount of snow today so i checked for tracks. Only tracks i found around her were our rabbits tracks.
    I have noticed the rabbit biting at our chickens feathers before, didn't think much of it just figured the chickens would let the rabbit have it if it bugged them.
    Or could it be a hawk or owl and i just couldn't see the tracks. when i found her she was still very warm.
    Also we did introduce a new hen with the seven we already had. She is the same age and breed, B.O. and they've been together for a week.
    dont know if it was her.
    thanks for your help!
  2. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    You might want to take a good look at the bird again, a rabbit wouldn't likely be able to break a birds wing.

    Is her neck broken?

    Is there something close she could have flown into?

    Did you look her over really well? Especially around her vent and her back towards the tail.
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    I don't think a rabbit would do that. Have you had more snow on top of what you had when she died?
  4. vincehick

    vincehick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2010
    leroy twp., OH
    my first thought was broken neck but i dont see any obvious signs.
    she was about 8 feet from a tree, so maybe your right.
    checked her vent and everything again but didn't see anything
  5. vincehick

    vincehick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2010
    leroy twp., OH
    No it stopped for now. looked again and still only see rabbit tracks.
  6. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    a rabbit kick can easily break a chicken's neck... we have wild ones around us and every now and then you get a teritorial buck... I had orpington roosters neck, wattle and comb rip to shreds by rabbits.
  7. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    It is entirely possible. Are they housed in the same pen? Some of the larger breeds I am sure could kick hard enough to break the wing of a 12 week old bird.
  8. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    Yes! A rabbit can seriously injure or even kill a chicken. The rabbits can become teritorial and will attack a chicken if they feel threatened. I have seen this firsthand, it's not something I have read or heard. I have seen it with my own eyes. Cute fuzzy bunnies can do major harm.
  9. BeccaB00

    BeccaB00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    I don't think a rabbit would do that [​IMG]
  10. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    i dont think a rabbit would do that, however they have tough back hind legs,, that could do some serious damage. [​IMG]
    we have a 6 year old house rabbit and if provoked by our 8 month old sheltie,, Oreo makes a grunting noise...oh yeah, even my 2 lil kids stay out of mr. oreo's way.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2010

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