On your hobby farm, you may be housing a variety of animals so that you may wonder, “can rabbits and chickens live together?” It may not be as complicated as you initially thought. With proper preparation and maintenance, animals can cohabitate successfully, and we are going to provide you with some tips to help your animals thrive!
Though these animals may be able to live together, they are not going to be fed the same diet. New Heritage Feed Co. does have a natural source of animal power feed for both your chickens and rabbits for every stage of life. Not only can our food restore the health of your animals, but can help to maintain their nutrition for life.
This article will discuss the habitats of chickens and rabbits and what it takes for them to thrive in their environments successfully.
The Preparation Phase
Proper preparation is essential for chickens and rabbits to live together successfully. With the appropriate preparation, everyday issues that occur when interspecies are mixed can be prevented. The following preparation concerns should be addressed when housing rabbits and chickens together:
Once you have a successful plan in place, you can move forward with implementation.
Helpful Tips for Sheltering the Animals
Both chickens and rabbits need hutches for shelter. By housing them together, you can save significant space.
Consider housing the animals in a large coop. It may be more efficient to consider than accommodating them in a separate living community.
Likely you will be keeping the chicken and rabbit hutches outdoors. So long as they get used to the environment early, they should adapt well.
There is safety in numbers so consider housing several chickens and rabbits together. Both rabbits and chickens are prey species, so if housed together, they will be better protected. If you notice the relationship falling apart, try a separation to avoid aggression in the animals.
When it comes to cleanliness chickens have less waste compared to rabbits. Rabbits have waste with a strong aroma. Regularly cleaning animal waste from their habitat is critical to create a happy and healthy life for any animal.
Also, be sure to provide an area for privacy. Too little privacy and they can become easily overwhelmed. It’s helpful if they also have safe sleeping quarters to sleep in as well. They will sleep safely and contently if given a comfortable space.
What Should the Coop be Made of?
The coop should be made secure so that it can ward off predators. You want to avoid a solid front cover that would cut off ventilation. Also, avoid wire as it can harm an escaping chicken or rabbit; this includes the floor as it could be painful on their feet.
Roofs should be made so that they are waterproof. For the foundation, consider solid wood as it will prevent the rabbit from any digging.
Will the Chickens Attack the Baby Bunny?
The chickens and rabbits are unlikely to bother one another. Though playful pecking may occur, it will be harmless. Usually, the behavior will discontinue over time.
Is it possible for them to harm one another?
It is a possibility. Chickens are known to eat a variety of animals, and bunnies are not off the list. Baby rabbits are especially vulnerable to harm. To avoid the risk, do not breed rabbits in the same coop as the chickens.
Can Disease be Passed From Chickens to Rabbits and Vice Versa?
Both animals are known to carry disease, and salmonella is quite common in chickens. Often the chickens show no symptoms when they carry the disease. It is possible chickens can infect rabbits without realizing they have salmonella.
An even more dangerous disease is one called coccidiosis. This disease is a parasite that attaches to the digestive tract, and if it is shared across species can be fatal to both animals.
Important Tips to Consider For Your Coop
We have some additional suggestions if you are housing free-range chickens and rabbits together.
You will need to keep their feed separate.
Chicken feed is formulated for chickens, and rabbit feed is formulated for rabbits. Keep each in a separate area. Chickens will forage, and it is safe to give them table scraps. Keep the site clear of anything that may be unsafe.
You can train both chickens and rabbits to drink from water systems. Always be sure to provide them with plenty of fresh water to drink.
As we discussed, safe shelter is essential. With a secure hutch, it can remain predator-proof and hopefully keep any child hands away from the food as well!
You can probably keep the hutch clean by regularly cleaning out the waste. Chickens will keep themselves clean by giving themselves a dust bath, so be sure to access dust or soil.
Behavior may be something you notice between the animals. Chickens will often scratch and peck to explore. Bunnies will nudge to discover the world around them.
So long as housing is set up correctly and all is factored in, the animals can remain happy. Also, give the animals time to adjust to their habitat by putting them together for only short periods in the beginning. Once accustomed, you can extend the length.
We Can Get You Started on Your Next Animal Adventure
Female rabbits, male rabbits, and your entire chicken family can get their nutritional needs met with New Heritage Feed Co. We offer only the highest quality ingredients to assist in the restoration and maintenance of your animal’s health.
We have animal food for chickens, cattle, goats, and rabbits. Visit our website to explore more information about our products and what they may bring to your animals’ table today!