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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #75 on: January 23, 2018, 10:39:31 AM »
Always wanted to try this. What kind of time commitment are meat rabbits? We had plain pet rabbits.growing up that we fed and played with but I'm curious if the time commitment for breeding and upkeep is significantly higher for meat rabbits?

My wife and kid have rabbits that they show. I assume they spend more time with them than you would meat rabbits because of grooming and stuff. Probably 30 minutes a day if they don't spend time playing with them or whatever. Once or twice a week we clean cages and that takes an hour or so dumping trays etc.
You can set up your rabbitry without trays if you have the place to do it and then use the poop for fertilizer. It's really great fertilizer. That would save cleaning time.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #76 on: January 23, 2018, 10:47:50 AM »
So other than the butchering process there's nothing specific meat rabbits need? That's good to know. Really like eating rabbit the handful of times I've been given it.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #77 on: January 23, 2018, 11:03:46 AM »
So other than the butchering process there's nothing specific meat rabbits need? That's good to know. Really like eating rabbit the handful of times I've been given it.

I think you need some cages to house your rabbits where they'll live and when they're kindling, then maybe cages for the grow outs after they're weaned. Babies are probably good together till 10 weeks or so, which I imagine is probably about butcher time depending on your breed and growth rate. Cages take up space. With 2-3 does and a buck you can make a crap ton of babies if you do it right. Meat rabbits are usually big so 24"x30" cages where they live and kindle and then a big place for the babies once the litter is weaned. It takes some space.
Quality pellets, timothy hay and wire floor cages. Figure out a way to dispatch rabbits....broomstick, bolt gun, hopper popper, etc.


 
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #78 on: January 23, 2018, 11:58:10 AM »
I used to just club them at the base of the skull.  But I made a homemade rabbit wringer (look at Google images), very easy to make and really easy to use and kills them very quickly. 
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #79 on: January 23, 2018, 03:28:03 PM »
It's been super easy so far. I was even able to score cheap and free cages. The few we have now are in the house for the winter, in a utility room. But as we move in to spring they will be moved outside.  About the same maintenance level as chickens in my opinion.

I've been helping a lady butcher her extras in exchange for meat while my small set-up matures. So far we've made some pan-roasted, simmered in curry sauce, and jerky. Tacos next?

Bonus: All the waste has been going to the garden (rabbit waste is "cold" manure, so you can directly apply it in the garden without composting first.)

Machias, those are beautiful kits! Congrats!

My 4 surviving kits from the first litter are doing great, and I will be ready to re-breed my NZ doe next week. I did lose a couple after birth.
I'll be adding a Champagne D'Argent doe soon from a breeder who will also provide her with stud service until she can make an unrelated buck for me. I decided to keep the Champagnes are purebred and pass on the Silver Fox buck.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #80 on: January 23, 2018, 05:00:50 PM »
There's nothing wrong with line breeding. Super common in the rabbit world.
Breed her back to her best male offspring.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #81 on: January 23, 2018, 08:08:47 PM »
There's nothing wrong with line breeding. Super common in the rabbit world.
Breed her back to her best male offspring.

Yeah, I'm not opposed to that. Keeping my options open in the meantime.  :tup:

 

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