The Basics Of Raising Meat Rabbits


In this video I cover the basics of raising meat rabbits. This was recorded from one of our regular online video live events where we discuss a variety of homesteading topics to help and encourage both experienced and beginner homesteaders.

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List of Topics Discussed In This Video:

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Reasons For Raising Rabbits For Meat:

  • High meat to feed ratio – Roughly one pound of feed per three pounds of meat.
  • Doesn’t require much space for high yields
  • Easy to care for
  • Tastes really good – I hate to say it but it really does taste a lot like chicken.
  • Great garden fertilizer – Rabbit manure doesn’t even need to be composted, it can be put directly on the garden.

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What Breed Should You Raise:

This is a list of the more common meat breeds.

  • New Zealand
  • American Chinchilla
  • Californian
  • Rex
  • Satin
  • Cinnamon

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Cages or Colony?

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Cage Types:

  • Wooden Hutches – Least favorite due to rabbits chewing on wood and difficulty in cleaning.
  • Wood and Wire Combination – Better that hutches but rabbits will still chew on wood.
  • Wire Cages – Best option for long lasting and ease of keeping clean.

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Other Equipment You Need:

  • Water Bottles – You can also use bowls and you may consider heated bottles depending on your climate.
  • Feeders – Bowls can also be used instead but cage attached feeders make daily feeding easier.
  • Hay Rack – These can easily be made instead of purchasing.
  • Nesting Box – These also can be made with basic carpentry skills.

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Feeding Rabbits:

I use a combination of all of these feeding option and I explain why in the video.

  • Pellets – Store bought feeding pellets come with all the minerals the rabbits need but if many desire to feed their rabbits in a more natural way.
  • Forage – Through the warmer months foraging for your rabbit’s food is a great way to feed them and even save on feed costs. Mine receive a healthy dose of dandelion, plantain, mulberry leaves and even plain grass.
  • Fodder – This is a great way to feed your rabbits especially in the winter months. This option provides them with greater protein and fiber and also helps with digestibility ofthe food.
  • Hay – Rabbits will need hay to chew on regularly to help with digestion.

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Breeding Rabbits:

  • I give a brief overview of the breeding process.

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From Birth To Butcher:

  • Time and Stages – Such as weaning, grow out cages and butchering age.

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Common Problems:

  • Ear Mites – This is a common and easily treatable problem rabbits are prone to.
  • Coccidiosis – A serious problem usually resulting in dispatching the animal, more common in colony raised rabbits.

 

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Harold

Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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