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Old 11-26-2012, 12:22 PM
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Default Question on Raising Rabbits for food

I 've got a few questions about raising rabbits

Number 1 : Is it worth it ?

My Folks years ago used to get rabbit meat from a local backyard farmer
I always liked it ,Now I'm thinking about getting just a few ( Buck .2 does )
and starting out

What are the Pros and cons about starting this
Making the hutchs is not a problem for me
I might have enough scrap laying around to start
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:23 PM
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i am interested in this as well, tagged
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Old 11-26-2012, 2:27 PM
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Worth, as in money? Start by defining what your time is worth in hours then work backwards from that.
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You'll starve.... Too cute to eat
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Just saw a Bonaza Rerun where they tried to raise rabbits for money
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Old 11-26-2012, 4:44 PM
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You'll starve.... Too cute to eat
Well.............
If I get some I already have names for them

Mr.Fried Rabbit
Mr. Grilled Rabbit
Mrs. Rabbit Stew
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Old 11-26-2012, 5:56 PM
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It's pretty simple. Stick the doe in the buck's cage, then 30 days later you'll have 8-10 more. Take them away from mom at 7-8 weeks, and put them in the freezer 12-14 weeks. The doe cam be bred back almost immediately, but I usually breed when I separate the kits. That means it's slaughter time when the new litter is born.
New Zealands or Californians are the breeds to look for.
We have two bucks and two does right now, and I'm looking for a new Cali doe.
It's worth it to have your own meat that you know where it came from.
If you're building cages, get 1/2" x 1" cage wire for the floors and not 1/2"x1/2" hardware cloth. The cage wire is heavier duty, and won't sag like the hardware cloth.
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It's pretty simple. Stick the doe in the buck's cage, then 30 days later you'll have 8-10 more. Take them away from mom at 7-8 weeks, and put them in the freezer 12-14 weeks. The doe cam be bred back almost immediately, but I usually breed when I separate the kits. That means it's slaughter time when the new litter is born.
New Zealands or Californians are the breeds to look for.
We have two bucks and two does right now, and I'm looking for a new Cali doe.
It's worth it to have your own meat that you know where it came from.
If you're building cages, get 1/2" x 1" cage wire for the floors and not 1/2"x1/2" hardware cloth. The cage wire is heavier duty, and won't sag like the hardware cloth.
Thanks for the Excellent Information
I might P M'ing you for more

I remember useing that " Hardware Cloth " with my Grandpa Many Moons ago!!

Where would be the best place to pick up my starters from?
There is a weekend Swap Meet near me in The very rual area of Winchester every weekend
But they look more like the " pet " kind
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I got my first rabbits from Craigslist. You can eat any rabbit, but some are going to be smaller. If you're on Facebook, there are a few rabbit groups, including some meat specific.
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Pros: They breed like rabbits. 1 bale of alfalfa and they're fed for the year. Rabbit poop is good fertilizer. They're tasty. They're quiet. They are clean.

Cons: Are there any?

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I like to worm them with a little ivermectin in their water.

Kill by holding by back legs firmly, swing hard and smack their head on a cinder block/rock/wall/post. Dead on impact. Clean, cook, consume.
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FYI, Rabbits are very lean meat. You'll need to supplement so you get enough fat in your diet.

Rabbits chew constantly as their teeth continue to grow...make sure they have something to nibble on to keep their teeth healthy.

There is another humane way to kill rabbits.

Hold the rabbit and grab the neck behind the ears and pull towards the nose. It will pop the spine and they will die shortly. It's a technique used by British rabbit hunters.
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You can come to my house and help thin some out, no hunting licence required.

Every morning there is a good 6-8 around the house and at least 15 heading out to the gate.
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the con is keeping up with the meat supply. To live off them takes a good deal of space and time. As a supplement its fine if there is a local grocery store.

Make sure you do the math.

family consumes X rabbits per week (X per day)

Make sure you know how to adjusts the rabbit production when the time comes

Its not a good plan to wake up one day and realize you have to wait 14 weeks too eat meat or your home turns into Easter Island.

Its equally not a good plan to have 98 rabbits in cages around the yard. (1 rabbit per day consumed waiting 14 weeks for the next litter to grow)
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You can come to my house and help thin some out, no hunting licence required.

Every morning there is a good 6-8 around the house and at least 15 heading out to the gate.
No license required?

Hmmm....calguns rabbit shoot @ chknlyps house?
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My parents raised and even sold a few when I was a kid (25+ years ago). The information RROMEO gave is pretty much right on. If you have the room (to raise and store) as well as the time it is worth it. Again just make sure you have enough room to store the meat after slaughter and enough friends and family that will eat it as well so that once your stockpile is complete you have people to give it or sell too. Remember to date your meat before freezing it so that you can give, sell, or use the older meat first. Just my .02
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Pros: Rabbit poop is good fertilizer. They're tasty. They're quiet. They are clean.
I don't know about eating rabbit poop, no matter, how tasty you think they are.
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I was just thinking about that the other day. My neighbor has quite a collection of chickens. I toyed with the idea I'd barter for his chickens when I get tired of eating rabbits.

My neighbor has been selling his chickens to preppers. But I think I can sell the bunnies as pets too. Or make them pet food for my dogs.

Anyone wanna set up a time & date on how to slaughter, clean, & cook a rabbit?
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I was just thinking about that the other day. My neighbor has quite a collection of chickens. I toyed with the idea I'd barter for his chickens when I get tired of eating rabbits.
That's smart. You're sure not going to want to eat rabbit everyday. Reach out to beef, pork, lamb ranchers and do some bartering.

Chickens are great for the eggs, pretty easy keepers. However imo it is a whole lot easier to process a rabbit for meat than plucking a chicken. Chickens advantage (meat chickens) is they put on more weight per pound of feed than anything else. Rabbits and turkeys aren't far behind.
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