Meat Rabbits!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TroyerGal, Aug 23, 2016.

  1. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey there!! im gonna start breeding Flemishes soon... for a meat breed... would it be good to breed a New Zealand doe with a Flemish buck? or a Flemish doe and a new Zealand buck?
     
  2. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    From everything I have read, Flemish Giants are not good meat rabbits. If you like them, breed them, but if producing meat is your objective, there are a lot better rabbits for meat out there.
     
  3. foresthomemama

    foresthomemama New Egg

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    I raise Flemish giants and New Zealand crosses for meat. There is a lot out there about not using Flemish Giants for meat purposes, but a lot of people cross them with New Zealands for meat. I've heard breeders more experienced than myself say they prefer them for meat purposes. You absolutely can use Flemish for meat. They still have a lot of meat. There is way too much information about how they have to grow their bones when young and therefore don't have as much meat, but I am beginning to find that it is just repeated information. I would love to find an actual breeder that can place the two side-by-side at butchering time and show me the results.

    Like I said, though, there are many people who prefer a Flemish/ nz cross for meat. I am a newbie, but I have butchered mine and find them to produce good meat.

    After I butchered my last 3, they weighed 2 1/2 pounds without the backbone. I have cut the loins off of the backbone then weighed the results with front and back legs. I have read a lot of people talking about how their New Zealand's butcher out to be 2 1/2, but that is including the backbone. So, I think mine are producing the same amount of meat than straight New Zealand's, which are the most prominent meat rabbit breed. And those weights are at around 12 weeks. I have butchered at 14 weeks and get good results as well.

    As a side note, I don't think I will take the loins off of the backbone the next time. I need new butchering tools/ knives, though, to make a prettier cut. I'm hoping to get a pressure cooker next month and can't wait to experiment with that cooking rabbit.
     
  4. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks for the info! [​IMG]
    i have a silly question... what does rabbit meat taste like? *sheepish grin* Ive never tried it before
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Rabbit is pretty similar to chicken, but is very lean. With Flemish, you get a huge rabbit, but most of it is bone weight, not meat. You need to cross with a lighter built rabbit. One popular choice for crossing with Flemish are Rex.
     
  6. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wasnt planning on breeding the flemishes for meat... i love their breed and hope to breed for show....
    im probably gonna get a couple Californians... or NZ
     
  7. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    check out my new thread: Hey Seasoned Rabbit-ers!!
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I've got some New Zealand does. They are really good moms. When breeding, you must be sure that the buck is smaller than the doe. Otherwise, there could be issues with birthing the kits.
     
  9. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks! i didnt know that :D
     
  10. foresthomemama

    foresthomemama New Egg

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    I use rabbit in any recipe that calls for chicken. One issue is their lack of fat, so when cooking you have to account for that. Our favorite ways are on the grill and in crock pot recipes. I cook chicken teriyaki a lot. I substituted rabbit for the first time a while back and my kids didn't notice the difference.
     

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