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Hi all,

 

I am new to raising rabbits for meat. I currently have 4 does and might reduce to 2 or 3, I am not sure yet.

 

I currently have two litter, so about 16 kits total. I expect to raise maximum 20-25 at the same time.

 

I have seen a few farms around where I live, and they put all the babies in one large pen.. but I don't think they have 25 ;)

 

Can you guys with experience guide me please?

 

Can I leave all the kits together until processing time?

How big of an enclosure do I need for 20-25 kits?

 

I thought of doing a kind of rabbit tractor setup, like for meat chickens, and move that around my lawn over the summer. I know I need to have wired bottom to the cage. Would it be OK? Will it smell too much and force me to move the pen everyday?

 

And if I use a "fixed" enclosure instead, the best would be a wired floor so I can pickup the droppings easier, right? And if so, what do I put below the cage to gather the droppings? Do I use wood shavings in a "box"? I'd need to protect it from the rain because I learned with chickens, that wetness and wood shavings = bad smells!!

 

Sorry for all the questions and any guidance will be appreciated :) If you have pictures of your enclosures that would be great.

Flock consist of 6 layers (leghorns and brown layers) + some meat birds that come and go.

All guarded by TarzanBoy, the big rooster with a missing toe!

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Flock consist of 6 layers (leghorns and brown layers) + some meat birds that come and go.

All guarded by TarzanBoy, the big rooster with a missing toe!

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Originally Posted by Sabz View Post
 

Hi all,

 

I am new to raising rabbits for meat. I currently have 4 does and might reduce to 2 or 3, I am not sure yet.

 

I currently have two litter, so about 16 kits total. I expect to raise maximum 20-25 at the same time.

 

I have seen a few farms around where I live, and they put all the babies in one large pen.. but I don't think they have 25 ;)

 

Can you guys with experience guide me please?

 

Can I leave all the kits together until processing time?

How big of an enclosure do I need for 20-25 kits?

I don't know much about size of space because i don't have much more info on the breed and size but what breed of rabbits are you going to use?

I thought of doing a kind of rabbit tractor setup, like for meat chickens, and move that around my lawn over the summer. I know I need to have wired bottom to the cage. Would it be OK? Will it smell too much and force me to move the pen everyday?

that would be great, rabbit excrement is not near as bad as chicken so you could just move it whenever they get the grass mowed down, which with that many rabbits may be once a day depending on if they prefer the food you give or grass

And if I use a "fixed" enclosure instead, the best would be a wired floor so I can pickup the droppings easier, right? And if so, what do I put below the cage to gather the droppings? Do I use wood shavings in a "box"? I'd need to protect it from the rain because I learned with chickens, that wetness and wood shavings = bad smells!!you could use a boot tray, as simple as it needs to be and no shavings because they will no be sitting on it if you have them in a wire enclosure.

 

Sorry for all the questions and any guidance will be appreciated :) If you have pictures of your enclosures that would be great.

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