One main concern when you engage in farming or livestock is combining different animals into one pen, hutch or farmhouse!
We often see in television shows that feature a farm, is that farm animals can coexist with each other! Is that really possible?
Let’s look here at two specific types of farm animals, do rabbits and chickens get along? If you have no idea if they can co-exist in one small ecosystem, it could come as a problem for you.
The answer is …
…Yes, providing our animals have the right amount of private space, as necessary, that is safe and secure.
But what if space is an issue and you want to maximize the space you have for different types of animals?
A chicken might peck a rabbit and a rabbit might bite back the chicken.
Does that really happen?
We’ll discuss the issues and concerns about the keeping them both under the same roof.
Do Rabbits And Chickens Get Along?
Ducks are 100% guaranteed to live alongside chickens. They are the type of birds that do not have any quarrels with each other. Some farmers even say that they sometimes sleep together as a pack to generate more insulation and to keep a close watch out for each other but what about rabbits? Do rabbits and chickens get along?
Fortunately, they can but you have to take into account the traits of that particular animal before putting them together.
Chickens are aggravated by a fast-moving animal. For them, it imposes a threat of attack or something that is dangerous and can harm them. Rabbits hopping around the pen or play area can get pecked by chickens. For adult rabbits, it’s not a problem as the pecks wouldn’t hurt them at all.
The major concern would be for baby rabbits running around adult chickens. The skin, muscles and skeletal system of baby rabbits are not fully developed and the chicken pecks can cause an injury.
Here is a short video of a rabbit spending its play time with a chicken:
The greatest solution and suggestion would be raising both young animals together. The bond between the two will be much stronger and they will learn to tolerate each other’s differences and therefore live peacefully together.
Also, for those who have one rabbit hutch for both types of animals, it is greatly advised to put the rabbits on the upper part and the chickens on the lower part.
Chickens tend to poop or defecate even in their sleep.
Rabbits on the other hand are hygienic animals that cannot tolerate a dirty sleep area. Keep both animals in one place would also require additional effort in cleaning and maintenance.
For rabbits living in a chicken coop, it is required for you to install some deep-fencing around the area. Rabbits are quite a digger. They can dig holes for their escape.
Building strong and deep fences around the chicken coop can prevent any breakout from occurring.