Chickens with rabbits
QDuring a recent visit to a children’s farm, we saw chickens in the same run as rabbits and guinea pigs. As we have both pet rabbits and pet chickens, we thought we’d try running them together in a pen on the lawn. Unfortunately, the chickens took an instant dislike to the two rabbits and started pecking at them so we removed them quickly. How come all at the children’s farm co-habited nicely and our pets didn’t?
AJeremy Hobson says; It’s all a question of space – and on well-run children’s farms and ‘petting zoos’ there is usually plenty of space for the rabbits and guinea pigs to get away and hide if a chicken comes too close or shows too much interest. Sadly, that’s not the case in most back garden runs.
Whilst rabbits, guinea-pigs and chickens will live happily next-door to one another, I personally don’t think they should ever be put together in a small run. Despite their lovely nature towards humans (and quite often cats and dogs), chickens can be tremendous bullies and might peck at rabbits and/or guinea-pigs from aggression or, more likely, curiosity and/ or boredom.
Purely out of interest (and, as seen from the above, I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying it), I have, nonetheless, seen it written that, sometimes, a rabbit kept in an appropriate-sized chicken run will help prevent chicken boredom and create a diversion for them as it hops and runs around.
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