Rabbit Information!!! Bunnies!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by awesomefowl, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Hello BYCers,
    I am writing a book, "The Encyclopedia of Micro-Farming" about farming in your suburban backyard, and am making animal and poultry breed profiles.
    However, not being greatly interested in them (and rather allergic), I don't really know a ton about rabbits, but know that they are great animals for small spaces, tasty, fluffy, etc.
    So this is the format for the breed profile:

    Use to the farm:
    Life span:
    Husbandry ease:
    Space requirements:
    Housing requirements:

    Can I have some information about them please? Thank you! I am posting this query on BYC as well. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    [​IMG] I am NOT in a hurry.... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    TIA! (thanks in advance)
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    well, i will stop posting
  4. Alicia G

    Alicia G Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2010
    Nova Scotia
    Well I have had rabbits for 6 years as 4-h animals so I know a little ablout them
    Use at farm:Meat/Fur/Pet
    Lifespan:not sure but Ive had rabbits live 6 years, friend had one live for 9 1/2
    Husbandry ease:?
    Space requirements:small rabbits(holland lops/ netherland dwarfs etc)2x2x3 minimum, large rabbits(rex/new zeland/calafornia etc) 2x2x4 1/2 minimum
    house requirements:Need shelter from elements/predators;secure fenced in area to keep them from escaping, need to have warm secure area in winter;cool shade in summer(they can over heat easy)
    Tempurement:Depends on the breed, but in general friendly and dosile when handled enough
    Noise:little to none;rabbits are very quite though they may growl when threatened. Oh and if there hurt theyll tell ya! sounds like a baby screaming!
    Pros:There very clean;they tend to have one spot were they choose to use the bathroom making them fairly easy to litter train. There also quiet(as I mentioned above) and are an easy and afordable pet to keep. I spend about 25$ a month for my rabbit
    Cons:They are a soliatary animal so you cant keep rabbits togeather(they will attack each other) unless you are planning to breed them and even then if a doe is not in heat shell be agressive towards other rabbits. As well as being solitary they are a 'prey' animal so dogs and cats should not be aloud to be around your rabbbit unsupervised.They are also not the best animals for spay because they do have a higher risk of complications to seditives.
  5. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Just what I needed to know! Thanks a lot! [​IMG]
  6. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Anyone else?
  7. Lifesong Farm

    Lifesong Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Noble County
    Other than adding a rabbits gestation is 31 days and a good meat rabbit should be up to weight and ready to process by 12 weeks of age.
  8. BBK

    BBK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2009
    upstate NY
    rabbit poo, is one of those poos that can go directly into your garden, the rewards are great...

    on the solitary thing... most of the time that's correct, but i have 2 males that chewed into each other pens(homemade cage) and now are together...they get along fine. They jump back and forth to each side. one side to eat and bathroom, the other side to sleep.
    we have 3 Netherland Dwarf and 3 Lionheads...

  9. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I got a black rabbit (8 weeks old) from a lady that breeds them for meat for her dogs.Some sort of ridgeback dog breed. The rabbit was nice until she hit her teens and became hormonal.Now she bites.She is about 2 or 3 now. Atleast her poo is useful for the garden.

    I have not had any health issues with the rabbit.Besides biting she chews through plastic and wood like there is no tomorrow.When I had her cage in the living room I noticed too late that she was chewing the window trim next to her cage!

    She likes various dried grasses and fresh fruit and veggies.

    I had an uncle in Hungary that raised rabbits. I was quite young when we visited,but I do recall eating rabbit.The meat is quite good for people,so the market might increase demand.Honestly I don't know what method is used to kill the rabbits,but as with other animals we eat I find the killing to be the hard part.Prepping the meat for sale is easier than chickens!

    I have my rabbit in a large dog crate,and added a shelf for her to hop up on.
  10. percyj

    percyj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    To get rid of the hormonal issue, spaying/neutering works wonders, along with preventing many health issues.

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