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READY FOR Rabbits?

Having chickens can lead to raising another easy-keeper: rabbits
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In the world of livestock, chickens are the easiest animal to raise on the farm or homestead and usually the starting point for most homesteaders. They’ve been called the gateway farming animal for their simplicity, accessibility and the amount of return for their care. In recent years, they’ve grown in popularity because many cities have lightened restrictions on keeping chickens. Today I offer one other homestead animal that rivals the chicken in ease of care: the rabbit.

In general, rabbits are quite easy to care for, and we’ll explore the details of care for these adorable critters in this article. The good news is that chickens and rabbits can — and often do — cohabitate on a homestead harmoniously. With a few precautions, of course, you can reap the rewards of caring for both on your land.

Plucky Personalities

At the risk of sounding obvious, remember that chickens are birds, and rabbits are part of the animal family logomorpha. (They were previously considered rodents, but that was updated in 1912). This quite simply means that the needs of these two species are different — sometimes very different. While they can live together copacetically, we must never forget that they have different instincts, behaviors and social structures, and this fact alone will determine how we best care for them.

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