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Raising Meat Rabbits

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by nayeli, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We only have 2 rabbits but we have a couple extra cages =) I wanted to be sure I had enough!
     
  2. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice! So you have 10 rabbits? I think thats more than we would want/need! I like your plan though. Since we are using them for meat for our family purebreed wasn't an issue but if we ever wanted to experiment to create a really good line or a new breed it would be!
    I wish I could find a doe that was breeding age. Around here most of them are young so you have to wait MONTHS, those that are breeding age go for a premium and you have to worry just how old they are and if they are good mothers or not!
     
  3. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oops, 9. Don't have that Californian buck, yet.

    I don't "need" that many. I don't "need" fifty chickens, either [​IMG]

    When a couple people heard I might start raising meat rabbits, two people said they wanted 6 a month. I can't legally sell processed meat in my state, but there are legal ways around that.
    I didn't start this as a money making enterprise, I want to be able to provide as much of my own food as possible.

    For their age, the crosses seem to be the best size of what I have, although I doubt continual crossing is the way to go. I don't know, just guessing. That is why I started with good breeder stock from people who show. (Except the crosses from a meat raiser). Some have pedigrees, a couple are true show quality, I'm told.
    Total invested in rabbits - $250. Cages and equipment a lot more.
    Just learning, but jumping all in. If it fails, I can eat them and sell the cages!
     
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @chiques chicks that is really cheap if that is all you invested! I have two and I spent a bit. Cages are expensive!
     
  5. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    That was just stock. Cages and equipment were around $1500,

    I look at it as an investment in my well being. I kind of like the chores involved with carrying for my animals, otherwise I wouldn't live in the country so I can have them.
     
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  6. regcal966

    regcal966 Out Of The Brooder

    We got some rabbits over the weekend. So excited and already can't wait to get more. We have 1 New Zealand buck and 3 Californian does. 1 of the does should have babies next week and 1 of the does was bred right before we picked her up, so more babies in a month, hopefully. The buck we have is pedigreed and beautiful. My husband wants to buy more pedigreed does and sell their babies, if possible. If not they will be meat for our family.
     
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  7. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats regcal966! I have a Californian breeder nearby. I hope to pick up a buck from him. My does came from another state and breeder.

    You want me to pick one up for you, if I can? That way you'd be getting a different blood line.
     
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  8. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! Your lucky, I have had mine for 2 months and am still waiting to be able to breed them!
     
  9. regcal966

    regcal966 Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks!! But the breeder I got the New Zealands from has a different blood line than the buck I got. We are gonna get some does from her. My husband has to make some cages before we can get more LOL. Shouldn't be long but we are out of room already. He is going to make 2 cages that are pretty big so the breeding does will have more room when the kits come.
     
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  10. juststruttin

    juststruttin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! Sounds like a great start
     

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