My Newest Californain Rabbits

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by MissPrissy, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They hopped out of the nest all fluffy and fat and sweet.

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    This last one the babies are nursing from momma. Awwww. How cute!
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Nice! Meaat rabbits are on the list for this fall-I have been anitcipating them for a year. (Need to make room in the barn)

    Do you process them yourself?
     
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Golly they grow fast! Wasn't it just a week or so ago that you told us they were born?

    They are too cute!
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
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    Aww they are adorable!! Meat rabbits are also on the list of animals to get here. [​IMG]
     
  5. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are adorable! I am planning on getting meat rabbits here very soon (to supplement our eggs and the meat chickens we're also planning on!). There is a local breeder who has white and red New Zealand rabbits and I was planning on getting a trio. Is there a difference between your Californians and the New Zealands? Taste/Care etc?
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They do grow fast. the babies were born 2 weeks ago tomorrow. They came out of the nest on their own yesterday. They were born about 1/5th their current size, hairless and with their eyes sealed over. Almost like a naked rat. They are so cute.

    I really like my big does. They all are show stock and have nice dewlaps. I can see on one of the babies the dewlap starting to darken under the chin already - seems early to me.

    The bucks do not have a dewlap.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    NZ's are the number 1 meat rabbit. Californains are considered number 2. However I Have been told the californains have a finer bone and with proper feeding and care the meat is almost white and the rumps and thick heavy quarters when harvested.
     
  8. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
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    AWwWWwW! I just got a Cali myself! She looks just like your mama!
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  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Very pretty. How big is your doe? Mine is 15 months old and weighs 9.75 lbs.
     
  10. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Angie, they are so cute! My grandma was telling me today that my great-grandmother raised upwards to 200 rabbits at a time on her property for meat, it seems like a very cool thing to do. Great pics.
     

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