What age to butcher rabbits?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jaketheeggman, May 23, 2011.

  1. jaketheeggman

    jaketheeggman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about getting rabbits for meat and was wondering at what age to butcher them?

    Thanks
    jake
     
  2. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New Zealands and Californians can be butchered between 8-12 weeks for fryers and 12 weeks plus for roasters.
     
  3. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can butcher them as soon as they are the size you want. I have one friend that butchers at about 5 wks and another that waits until about 12 weeks.
     
  4. rickerra

    rickerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And you can keep the buns your raising with their momma for the full 8 weeks (preferably with a larger cage) while they wean and then it's off to freezer camp.

    I have two current litters. #1 is 12 days old and has 8 kits. #2 is 2 days old and has 9 kits.

    Cheers!
     

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