I came across a novel idea on Instagram, great place for inspiration, where someone had housed his rabbits and chickens together. It looked like a brilliant idea to me for a couple of reasons. First, I’m not into doing any more barn chores than absolutely necessary. 😉 I had cages for our buns with pull out trays and they work pretty well, but then again, I had to change out the litter every week. It doesn’t take long, but when you start to do the bunny math and realize that you’re going to have more buns, it can get overwhelming, because I for sure want to keep the odor in the barn down as much as possible too. So I remember how it’s helped to have the chickens able to get into the goat’s side and turn the litter and figured if it works for goats why not buns too?
So I found someone on craigslist who makes these awesome cages. They are 30×30 spaces and it’s two in one unit. So I got a couple of these that can be hung in a shelter for rabbits.
The next thing to do was to hang it in the coop. It’s a small space but fortunately I actually measured first before buying the cages to make sure they’d fit. Once Stuart saw the cages, he decided that we needed a dedicated bunny shelter so the cages won’t have to be stacked, so maybe we can build a bunny barn in the Spring, but for now this is going to work. I hung the cage from the 2×6 on the wall with sturdy nails and just used baling twine to support the front of the cage. I also wrapped chicken wire around the top to keep the silly birds from trying to roost on the top, because there’s no doubt that they would. 😉
So far it’s working well! Snow and Patches seemed really excited to have more space when I moved them in. I moved Snow into the garage recently in case she has babies, and the other problem seemed to be that Patches was spraying pee on Snow through the middle, so…. I think when we get the bunny barn done, I’ll put the Does in these cages and the Bucks will go in individual cages away from them. Hopefully that helps anyway. 🙂
And the chickens like to pick through the bunny berries and alfalfa pellets that fall down. Works great!