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Californian Meat Rabbit Grow-Out Thread... **Picture Heavy**

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by WhiteMountainsRanch, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

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    Following in the footsteps of sandspoultry here is my journal and updates for my purebred Californian Rabbits. We will be doing 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 week weights. They eat Purina Show, and we will start measuring the food at 2 weeks of age including the doe, they will have pellets and bermuda hay in front of them 24/7 (free-feed), with occasional veggie/ green treats. The doe will probably be kept with the kits until 8 weeks. *Updated moved to larger cage at 3 weeks old*

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    Doe- Lily 9 months old
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    Buck- Novi 1 year old
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    Litter born on 12-09-10. ETA: I finally disturbed them enough to count and there are six. [​IMG]

    1 day old.
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    5 Days Old.
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    10 days old.
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  2. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Very nice. So how many kits did she have?
     
  3. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Songster

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    I need to go show this pic to my NZW doe. She is breed to my Cali buck and is due today. Still no buns! She had started to make a nest in her box so I am hoping she has them tonight.
     
  4. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

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    I need to go count how many there are I am just afraid of disturbing her and then she rejects them or something. [​IMG]


    ETA: I did it, I went and moved them and counted and there are six. Wow they grow FAST! [​IMG] 10 days old.

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  5. Quote:Your good, you wont and she wont [​IMG]
     
  6. terri9630

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    Your Cali's were born the same day as my 5 NZW's. It will be interesting to see how their weights differ.
     
  7. Hey WMR, I got my pet rabbits and my meat rabbits . . .
    Imma give you a few words of advice.

    Dont start paying attention to how cute they are, or give them cute names, or pet them, or get attached to them in any way.
    I consider myself a DIY kinda guy, and there aint much that phases me, but it took about 15mins and many "ready-set-gos" before I could actually dispatch my first coupla rabbits.

    Now I just dont think about it, and keep the meat rabbits away from the pet rabbits.
     

  8. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Yesterday I got another litter ...this time Silver Fox & Cal/NZ mix rabbits. I will have to start another thread to see how this cross measures up to the other grow out thread I did. Just 4 more days and you can weigh them.
    I have never had a mother reject her kits after I handled or looked at them. I just make sure I pet her first and then mess with the kits and then pet her again. I will look at them just hours after the are born. Remove anything that needs to be removed and cover them back up. This is going to be nice to see how other people's rabbits weight out.
    Good going.
     
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  9. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Crowing

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    Dont start paying attention to how cute they are, or give them cute names, or pet them, or get attached to them in any way.
    I consider myself a DIY kinda guy, and there aint much that phases me, but it took about 15mins and many "ready-set-gos" before I could actually dispatch my first coupla rabbits.

    I know it's going to be hard, as I have always been very fond of rabbits but we plan on selling some to the 4h kids, keeping some for breeding stock, and then whatever is left will go in our freezer. I know it will be tough but I am tougher. [​IMG] Also, it's my very first litter from my favorite doe and her first litter as well so I can't help but gush. [​IMG]


    Yesterday I got another litter ...this time Silver Fox & Cal/NZ mix rabbits. I will have to start another thread to see how this cross measures up to the other grow out thread I did. Just 4 more days and you can weigh them.
    I have never had a mother reject her kits after I handled or looked at them. I just make sure I pet her first and then mess with the kits and then pet her again. I will look at them just hours after the are born. Remove anything that needs to be removed and cover them back up. This is going to be nice to see how other people's rabbits weight out.
    Good going.

    Wow neat! I am looking very forward to our 2 week weights to see how they compare, also I am very interested to see how they compare to your new litter there. [​IMG] Neat! However, it's gonna be a pita to weigh them with all the wind and rain we've been having!​
     
  10. Hooligan Farm

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    I think I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and do a thread on my NZ/Rex crosses. That's if you guys are interested.
     

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