cockatoo and rabbit

by Erin McWhinnie
(sydney west nsw)

can a rabbit live in the bottom of my 3 meter square aviary with two sulpha crested cockatoos.

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Jan 24, 2012
cockatoo and rabbit
by: Linda

No, this is not a good idea at all. Your birds are too big, and the rabbit would be left without anywhere to go if he needed to. You also don't want your birds wallowing around in dirt because this is where they get fleas and disease.

Allow me to caution you about dirt floor aviaries if that is what you have and it sounds like it. Dirt floor aviaries are going to keep your birds sick all the time. There are many diseases found in dirt plus there is no way to properly clean a dirt floor since it is dirt. Fleas and other insects will be right there in your bird's living quarters all the time plus rats, mice and snakes who will eat your eggs.

Making an outside aviary is more complicated and expensive than most people want to think about. Your floors have to be concrete with piping done underneath and a drain in the center so floors can be washed out regularly and kept clean. Floor has to be built up around so gravity takes water to the drain. Piping is all the way underneath and outside the aviary with small size welded wire capping the piping off. These can be removed when cleaning flight and enclosed room. Wire has to be buried in concrete curbs around the entire aviary as this will keep out vermin, snakes and other small predators.

If you have dirt floors in your flights, then you are asking for all kinds of disease, rodents, snakes and roaches plus anything else that can dig a little bit.

So, no rabbit in there and I highly recommend you go back to the drawing board on the floor system in your flight. This would also include the closed in room where your birds will sleep. If large enough the nestbox can be put into this closed in space for additional protection and security for the birds. Make sure you have access to both the wire front and the inside small building. Also make sure these accesses have double doors where outside door is shut before opening inside door in both places. When the larger birds are breeding, they become dangerous, so take precautions when entering their space.

Linda

Jan 24, 2012
cockatoo and rabbit
by: Anonymous

I would not advise putting the two of them in the same cage.

for one thing, the cockatoo could really hurt the rabbit plus I'm pretty sure a rabbit's saliva is toxic to a parrot.

Jan 24, 2012
Rabbit & bird
by: Anonymous

I have a grey and a rabbit. The grey will tolerate the rabbit until he goes near her cage then he gets a sore nose.

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