I have been researching rabbits for WEEKS and can't seem to figure out what the best thing to do is. I'm interested in getting a trio of rabbits to use for meat. They're going to be fed fodder as their primary food source during the colder months and pastured weather permitting. I'd like a breed that has a good growth rate, but also produces colorful/surprise colored litters. I first thought I wanted to do Rex rabbits so I could have the nice coats and sell some of the offspring as pets, but from what I read, they take longer to grow/are smaller. Then I thought I should do the standard NZW crossed with a Californian doe to get the hybrid vigor, but then the litters would be all white. I've debated on going with a red NZ and a Californian since the litters would be a little mixed, but I'm not sure if I could get a better colored mix elsewhere? Also, I've read that the NZ and Cali don't do the best on pastures, but I'm not sure if that's even true. And lastly, I've read that Silver Foxes taste differently/better than other breeds because they're an old heritage breed...which just throws everything that I'm thinking in a big loop! Is my best bet to just buy rabbits from different breeds to produce my own meat rabbit with the qualities I want? Or is there a good breed I can start with that has what I'm looking for?