Tell me about chickens in the rabbitry. Pros? Cons?

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judymac

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A friend of mine had rabbits with a trough-style automatic waterer that ran alongside the outside of the pens. Her rabbits came down with a terrible attack of coccidiosis. Her vet said it was because her free-ranging poultry were using the troughs as well. She eliminated that possibility, and never had trouble with coccidiosis again.
 

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We mix them with no problem. We have coverings on the pens to keep the chickens from leaving droppings in the pens. Bunny water is in each pen, away from the poultry. Deep litter removes the issue of messy poultry manure on a bare floor. No issues.
 

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I've got my weird looking raken house... My solution was not cheap but works well and solves most of the mentioned problems. My cages are effectively chest high hutches with their own roof. They are above/inside the chicken run attached to my coop. My goal was predator proofing, and making care more comfortable for me (I have a roof in the rainy months, and I don't have to bend).

This is not a cheap build, but space in my yard is at a premium. Maybe some clever people here can use the concept for an economy version.

The highest perches are in the large box on the left, and are used exclusively. Chickens have the full run of the yard during the day, but still keep the area under the rabbits churned up.
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eco2pia, that's a fascinating solution. Predator-proof is so much more important in many areas than rabbit-proof. Where predators are not an issue, a loose rabbit is inconvenient, not a disaster. Where predators are prevalent, it can truly be a disaster. The smaller mesh, heavier wire you used for your enclosure wouldn't have been cheap, but priceless when it thwarts an attack on your beloved bunnies and chickens. Great design!
 

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