Do Chickens Get along with Rabbits / Pros Cons

Do Chickens Get along with Rabbits _ Pros Cons

Yes, they do, So a lot of farmers have been asking if rabbits and chickens can be raised in the same spot? However, based on the bitter-sweet experiences some people have had in the past while raising these two animals together under the same coop, it is often a debatable topic on whether or not farmers, should practice this style of animal raising or not.

Both Animals are very docile and are not predators. which is great, and they share a lot of the same needs.

And that is why today, we’ll be making a detailed analysis that will help you decide on whether or not raising rabbits and chickens together is a good idea based on its benefits to risks ratio. let’s get started.

Free-Ranging Rabbits and Chickens

The truth is, with proper care and diligence, it is possible to raise rabbits and chickens together. However, you should understand that both chickens and rabbits are very delicate and cautious animals, which means that they are some rules you’ll have to go by if you wish to have a harmonious multi-specie habitat for these two animals. These rules include;

Free Range Chickens with Rabbits

Advantages / Pros

Young Age

Chickens and rabbits become more intolerant as they age. This is why, if there must be an introduction between these two animals in your poultry or coop, it is best to do it when they are young, so they could grow up together and get to become family together. Introducing them when they are older as adults, they may have more territorial and fears of the unknown feelings.

Spaying / Neutering

Often, rabbits are fond of exhibiting their sexual prowess by trying to mount anything they see in the spot. Sometimes, these activities could often be as a result of a domineering trait. Nevertheless, mounting is one of the things you wouldn’t want your rabbits to do when living with the chickens, as it could spark a war for supremacy. So, you’ll have to spay or neuter the rabbit to help calm them down.

If you are raising tame rabbits, this is an option, another, if you are not, is limiting the number of Buck Rabbits and Roosters you have together. Both having Protective and mating qualities that can be problematic.


Unlike chickens who can afford to live in a dirty environment, rabbits, on the contrary, are a very clean breed of animals. They spend much time grooming and cleaning their coats. Log Hair breeds having problems with hair blockages.

Thus, you’ll have to make the environment where both of them will be raised together neat to prevent the rabbit from falling sick due to an unclean environment.  Adequate space helps this greatly

Free Range Runs

Both animals will likely feel very uncomfortable if they are not housed in Their own place of safety, a hutch for rabbits coop for chickens. , where they could also have their privacy. So, you want to make sure that their habitat is spacious enough.

Free-Ranging Pros and Cons

Separate Sleeping Quarters

One of the ways to make sure that the rabbits, even when raised in the same coop with the chickens are safe from dirt, is by building a hutch inside the coop for them to stay. This is crucial because chickens defecate randomly, and the hutch will serve as a fortress for the rabbits until you get to clean the chicken’s messes.

Farmers build separate hutches and coops then give them free Range Runs. Separate coops allow the farmers to lock them up at night, to one count them but also help protect from night=time predators. Foxes, Cats, Owls, and Racoons

Some Frames have rabbit cages suspended and then chickens forage below also.

Best Chicken Coop

Best Homemade Chicken Coop

More Than One

Rather than just placing a single rabbit and chicken under one coop, keeping them in pairs would be more lively and fun for both animals. They are both Social Animals.

Conflict / Move Early

If you notice a dwindle or breakdown in the connection between the two animals, it’d be best for you to make a separation early enough before it escalates into something ugly.

So, that is that for the rules, what are the benefits you’ll stand to gain when raising these two beautiful animals together?


There is a wide array of benefits to raising rabbits and chickens in the same coop. They include:

Cost of Sharing Space

One of the apparent benefits of raising these two animals together is that it will help in saving you the cost of space. That is, the price you would have initially made for two separate animals would now fall under one. 

30′ x 50′ with 300 chickens, 40 Does and Kits


Animals, as well as humans, do get bored sometimes. And provided you introduced them early enough; you won’t have to worry about always checking up on them because, if you can’t keep them company, they’ll both have fun and keep each other busy. The truth is, it’s often a sight to behold when these two animals get along so well, as there’s never a dull moment.


Given that both rabbits and chickens are always vulnerable to attacks by their predators(prey), they’ll always feel this sense of security when raised together in the same spot. It will be more like an “all for one, one for all” movement. When you protect for the one you will be covering both.

Both are Winter Animals

Both chickens and rabbits thrive superbly under cold temperatures like during the winter. So, when it gets to that time, having to regulate the coop’s temperature to soothe any of the animals are going to be the least of your worries. Put differently; they’ve both got that under control, so you won’t need to worry about regulating the coop’s temperature.


There is nothing as beautiful and fulfilling as having to watch rabbits and chickens have fun and entertain you at the same time. This is what you get, every time you visit your multi-specie animal habitat.

Now, let’s get to have a look at some of the downsides to this adventurous form of animal raising.

Separate sleeping Common Runs

Disadvantages / Cons


These two animals have different forms of meals. And if a rabbit in particular accidentally eats a chicken’s feed, it could cause it to fall sick. This is a common problem for anyone who raises rabbits and chickens in the same coop.


Chickens are not known to be so accommodating towards quick-moving animals like rabbits. That’s why, even when they’ve gotten along if the relationship should get broken along the line, the chickens are most likely going to peck, claw and also engage the rabbits in a fight. It’s more like an automatic reflex for chickens on fast animals.


These two animals are vulnerable to zoonotic diseases, which could spread like wildfire all through the coop, and wipe out your entire animal family, if not detected earlier.

Coop Materials

It’s not unlikely for rabbits to easily injure themselves in any of the materials found in the coop because they are born with very delicate skins. However, you can avoid this by making your choice of materials carefully.

In a nutshell, even though it isn’t natural to raise these two animals together in one coop, it is possible, and can also be exciting if done correctly. Nevertheless, after going through the merits and demerits of practicing this form of animal raising, it’s all left for you to decide on whether or not raising these two animals is a good idea. Cheers!

Chicken Perches

It is a wise idea to provide chicken perches around the coop and in different places in your free-range areas. It gives them the ability to get away from the other chickens and also the bunnies. Allows them to get off the ground.

Free Range Bucket Rabbit Hutches

This Farmer came up with a creative way to build rabbit hutches out of 5-gallon buckets. They closely resemble something a rabbit would have in the wild.

Bucket Rabbit Hutches

Chicken / Poultry Breeder Associations

Rabbit AssociationLocationLink
US Poultry & Egg AssociationUnited StatesUSPA
American Poultry AssociationCaliforniaAPA
Ohio Poultry AssociationOhioOPA
National Chicken CouncilUnited StatesNCC
British Poultry CouncilUnited KingdomBPCE
Poultry Club of Great BritainUnited KingdomPCGB
Association of Poultry Breeders in EUEuropeAVEC
Australian Chicken Meat Federation IncAustraliaACMF
Australian Poultry HubAustraliaPoultry Hub

Rabbit Breeder Associations

Rabbit AssociationLocationLink
American Breeders AssociationUnited StatesARBA
House Rabbit SocietyCaliforniaHRS
Ohio States Rabbit Breeders AssociationOhioOSRBA
Livestock Conservancy North CarolinaLC
Rabbit Welfare Association and FundUnited KingdomRWA
British Rabbit CouncilUnited KingdomBRC
European Association of Rabbits....EuropeEAP
Australian National Rabbit CouncilAustraliaANRC
Australian Rabbit House SocietyAustraliaARHS
ARBA - Rabbit ShowsUnited StatesARBA - Shows
Resource List of Rabbit Breeder Associations

FAQ Rabbits Living with Rabbits

Can you put chickens and rabbits in the same pen

You can if you provide seperate sleeping quarters, and enough free range space so that both can roam freely. One of the challenges in raising them in too close of spaces. Rabbits are very clean animals, Poop in one spot and constantly grooming themselves. Chickens are birds and are not able to control when they poop. They do not have anus muscles to hold anything back. When it is time it comes out.

Will rabbits kill chickens

Yes, If you house your Rabbits and Chickens in Too close of Quarters. There very well could be problems. Chickens love to peck, even at each others, Rabbits are docile but will protect thyemselves and their young. Chickens tend to eat about anything, Rabbits will not bother chickens. But Thinks are generally good if enough space is given. Bucks and Roosters are more Aggressive.

What animals can be kept with chickens

You can co mingle chickens with almost all large farm animals. Horses, Cattle, Goats, and Sheep. It gives good benefits to both. Chickens will keep the parasite population down.
Farm Animals that do not work well with Chickens are Pigs and Mink Farming

Can rabbits get coccidiosis from chickens

Yes this an Internal Parisite that can be passed from chickens to Rabbits and each other. It is common to both species. It is transmitted through eggs coming out in Feces of both animals. Symptoms to watch for
Lethargy, Listness,
Decreased food intake

Is it OK for chickens to eat rabbit poop

Generally yes it is fine. As long as Chickens are disease free. Chickens eat their own poop, and rabbits naturally eat their own night droppings. an Added Benefit of any spilled feed they will clean it up. Again the problem is too close of quarters, it they are given space, they work well together

Can rabbits and chickens free range together

Yes, this works great. Just give both species room to have ther own space. Sleperate dsleeping places for each are best.

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