We're getting some New Zealand Whites in the next month or so. I've finished fencing in the side yard where all the animals live (just chickens and dogs at the moment) so it's time to move onto the rabbitry. Living in central VA we have mild winters, usually it stays above freezing, there's a few days below 30, and two nights or so a year where it gets below 15. I think a roof is all I'll need for shelter, especially since in the summer we are basically 90s with high humidity. Does that sound right to you guys? It seems that a 36"x24"x18" cage is the standard size for meat rabbit cages. I'll obviously need three for the producers (2 does, 1 buck). Then it seems like you need one for the weaned rabbits of each litter. That means I need a minimum of four cages to start out, right? I'm going to expand but maybe not this year since money is tight. The nice thing about doing four would be that that is 8' of cage (I plan on building one large cage which is 3'x8'x1.5' and then dividing that 8' down into four 2' sections to save on materials) and 8' is a standard size for lumber dimensions, plus it's how much room I have on the side of my house for the rabbitry. When we expand I plan to add on an additional two does so that I can be producing a litter of meat a month. I think that would be 8 cages. Does anyone put their fryers into a rabbit tractor the last few weeks to let them feed on grass? I'm wondering if that is a successful way of getting them fed while keeping feeding costs down. If you have done/do this how much square footage do you find a 8 to 10 week old rabbit eats in a day? I only have a front yard and a backyard with grass so I'm not even sure if I have enough to satisfy their hunger. Does anyone have tips for keeping feed down? I'd rather not have to buy alfalfa pellets all the time. They're pretty cheap at the coop I think $15 for a 50# bag of 17% protein alfalfa, and we could definitely accept that hit as we'd probably only eat meat raised on our property once the rabbits start producing and the chickens start laying. How much does a rabbit eat a day? Just talking pellets as that's the only thing that is a cost for me (hay is free because we own horses and the rabbits' hay use won't even put a dent in the horses' hay rations. What's a good schedule for a rabbit trio? I see people saying you need two weeks after weaning before mama can breed and others saying six weeks. And some say weaning is at 2 weeks, others say 6 weeks. But it does seem everyone agrees that you butcher at 10 to 12 depending on weight. Do I need to worry about inbreeding if I'm butchering everything? The trio is from the same litter I believe (free is free so I'm not complaining). Eventually the next trio will be from different lines and at that point I'll consider keeping stuff from the litters I've got.