Chicken Coop and Rabbit Coop???

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Wannabee, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Wannabee

    Wannabee Foggy Dew Farms

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    I have a 10x10 shed that is being used as a chicken coop. (Well, ok, about a 3x10 section is chickes, the rest is storage. Can I put rabbits in the same shed? ANyone know if there are any health reasons why rabbits and chickens can't be under the same roof??? I've never had rabbits before, and we are looking at getting a few for meat purposes only - not 4-H or pets. Does anyone have any tips for rabbits AND chickens? Does anyone have any cage ideas to intertwine into a 10x10 shed??

    Thanks!
     
  2. rzrubek

    rzrubek Flying Z

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    Do some searching on the site, I don't remember the exact disease but there is something the chickens have that rabbits can't handle. So no, don't keep rabbits with chickens.
     

  3. MaineFarmMom

    MaineFarmMom Columnist, Feature Writer

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    Coccidiosis can be a problem when housing chickens and rabbits together.
     
  4. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    You may be referring to "Salmonella". It MAY be transferred between
    the two species as I understand. If you do have poultry on your
    property along with rabbits, you might want to pay close attention
    to sanitation. IF the poultry have salmonella (the percentage is
    very small), it can be transferred to the rabbits by contact with
    the fecal material.

    Poultry coccidia are host specific according to Merck Vet Manual:

    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/present/mvm_about.htm

     
  5. JAS

    JAS Well-Known Member

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    I have rabbits in my coop. Just make sure the rabbits don't have contact with the chicken poo. I have the cages hanging on the wall with a "roof". The chickens will get on top of the cage so make sure the poo does not fall in the cage or feeders. The chickens do a good job of cleaning any of the wasted feed from the rabbits.

    I have not had any major problems with this set up, just make sure you can clean the cages (mine are a little too close to the roost and I have to do some climbing to get to one of the cages). Also, it does add to the ammonia gases in the coop so make sure you have good ventilation.
     
  6. germanbini

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