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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2017, 08:42:24 AM »
Also you could keep a buck out of your litter if they're nice and use him to breed. You can breed back to momma and then on down 2-3 generations. Line breeding.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2017, 08:36:18 PM »
I'd like to get a NZ buck, maybe another breed. Some thing to get some color other then straight black or brown.

Some where up around Everett or north would work out the best.
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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2017, 09:47:38 PM »
There are no brown New Zealand's. Black, white, red, blue and then broken varieties of each of those.
I'll have my kid at the show in Monroe in October. If you want to talk to some NZ breeders there let me know. I like the blues.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2017, 01:01:35 PM »
The rsds are what I thought were brown, I see on craigs list late last night there is some one in the Stanwood/Camano area that has breeding NZ bucks. I'll be calling there in a little white and go see what they have, $20 to $60 each.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2017, 02:02:01 PM »
Make sure they're decent quality animals. Make sure they're full in the hindquarter and not pinched. Full and wide in the shoulders. Good body structure is important just like it is with a beef cow or a hog. You don't want to keep breeding bad traits, even if you're only breeding for meat.
This rabbit is a little pinched in the hindquarter.. you can see she comes to a point. The other one is full in the HQ. That's what you want.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2017, 02:03:42 PM »
Another cool breed is a standard chinchilla. I have a friend who raises both of these breeds.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #31 on: September 09, 2017, 08:43:21 PM »
Tomorrow I'll be picking up a broken red NZ doe that they are going to put on a white NZ buck, from that liter I might keep a buck for future use and one doe.

I think I'll rebreed the two does I have on the Rex male I have for meat rabbits, these little ones are getting good size.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2017, 12:20:17 PM »
Sweet. Post up some pics of your new critter.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2017, 08:59:51 PM »
I've been considering meat rabbits for some time now, and had gotten into contact with someone to get a butchered rabbit to try the meat before committing to it. But I went to a rabbit show today with some friends and couldn't resist this beautiful bulky black New Zealand doe. She should be ready to breed in about a month. I'm going to use a friend's broken NZ buck as stud.  :IBCOOL:

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2017, 09:18:45 PM »
Rabbit tacos are GREAT!  :drool:

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2017, 11:41:28 AM »
I have three litters due over the next couple of weeks.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #36 on: October 31, 2017, 09:06:11 AM »
I have three litters due over the next couple of weeks.

Nice, Fred. What breed?
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #37 on: October 31, 2017, 09:06:56 AM »
I've been considering meat rabbits for some time now, and had gotten into contact with someone to get a butchered rabbit to try the meat before committing to it. But I went to a rabbit show today with some friends and couldn't resist this beautiful bulky black New Zealand doe. She should be ready to breed in about a month. I'm going to use a friend's broken NZ buck as stud.  :IBCOOL:


Good stuff. You must have gone to the Pasco show. Have fun. She looks like a nice one.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #38 on: October 31, 2017, 11:20:18 AM »
We have about 40 of them, and eat a lot of rabbit. Italians...... We marinade it in a pickled vinegar pepper we grow, or put it in our sauce to eat pasta with. Love it, the kids love it.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #39 on: October 31, 2017, 09:07:29 PM »
I have three litters due over the next couple of weeks.

Nice, Fred. What breed?


Harlequins
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #40 on: November 01, 2017, 07:15:24 AM »
Excellent! Glad to hear so many others do this.

I am really excited about this new project, though I haven't figured out cages/space for growing out litters yet. I suppose I have at least a couple of months. Yes, I went to the Pasco show.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #41 on: November 01, 2017, 07:18:52 AM »
Excellent! Glad to hear so many others do this.

I am really excited about this new project, though I haven't figured out cages/space for growing out litters yet. I suppose I have at least a couple of months. Yes, I went to the Pasco show.

You're going to wean a likely large litter at 8 weeks old so you've got 31-ish days gestation plus 2 months once you breed to figure it out LOL. Cages you're probably going to want to be at least 30x30 for the doe and litter. All wire is about a thousand times better than wood. Rabbit pee is not the greatest stuff in the world to mix with wood and is not easy to clean.

I have three litters due over the next couple of weeks.

Nice, Fred. What breed?


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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #42 on: November 03, 2017, 09:25:51 AM »
I had 2 rabbits last night, crock pot with an Alfredo sauce.  Mmmmmm so good!!!
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #43 on: November 03, 2017, 07:27:27 PM »
I had 2 rabbits last night, crock pot with an Alfredo sauce.  Mmmmmm so good!!!

Yum!

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #44 on: November 18, 2017, 11:59:06 PM »
I will be making new cages here shortly, the one I built isn't to user friendly.but it worked. I old a few butcher rabbits and put the rest in the freezer until get back. I'm out of state for another three weeks visiting family and getting in some deer hunting.
I'll be making up a weaning pen something like a chicken tractor that can be moved around.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2017, 07:33:28 AM »
The last week+ was full of rabbit related activities for me. I helped someone with a butcher day and learned how easy it is to dress out rabbits. I got my doe bred, which she was very receptive to. And I cooked rabbit for the first time... browned in the pan and finished in the oven.  :drool: Delicious, can't wait to get more! I brought some in to work to share samples.
I got a few more cages this weekend for the future rabbitry. I'm still determining where to keep them, but my doe is in our spare basement storage room for now. I'm excited for the future of this, getting closer to being able to provide most of our own meat between hunting and suburban farming.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #46 on: November 20, 2017, 10:36:22 AM »
Well my 3 young does, all first time Moms, went like this:

Doe #1 built her nest outside of the nest box and had 3 babies.  Since they wouldn't have survived anyways, I moved the whole nest and babies inside the box and put the box where she built the nest.  They made it 6 days, thought they were doing great and then Mom didn't pull enough hair and they all died from exposure. 

Doe #2 did not produce a litter, never made a nest and generally acted like she had never been bred. 

Doe #3 built a nice nest in the box and has pulled good hair.  I have not checked to see how many babies she had, but they are moving good every time I feed, so hopefully in about 5 days I'll be able to see how many she had.

I'll re-breed at the end of Feb.
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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #47 on: November 20, 2017, 10:42:24 AM »
I got my buddy set up with a trio of Californians last week. The buck is a junior but the 2 does came bred to a different buck. Once they're ready to be bred again, the buck will be old enough. These guys should produce some delicious food.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #48 on: November 20, 2017, 10:44:56 AM »
Well my 3 young does, all first time Moms, went like this:

Doe #1 built her nest outside of the nest box and had 3 babies.  Since they wouldn't have survived anyways, I moved the whole nest and babies inside the box and put the box where she built the nest.  They made it 6 days, thought they were doing great and then Mom didn't pull enough hair and they all died from exposure. 

Doe #2 did not produce a litter, never made a nest and generally acted like she had never been bred. 

Doe #3 built a nice nest in the box and has pulled good hair.  I have not checked to see how many babies she had, but they are moving good every time I feed, so hopefully in about 5 days I'll be able to see how many she had.

I'll re-breed at the end of Feb.

You're fine getting in there on day 1 to check on them and count if you want. Won't bother anyone at all.
Good move moving the nest.
Sometimes they don't take. Not a bad idea to breed them again right away, especially with the one with the dead babies. Watch for mastitis with that one. She could get milk bound with no babies to drink it.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #49 on: November 20, 2017, 11:28:13 AM »
Well my 3 young does, all first time Moms, went like this:

Doe #1 built her nest outside of the nest box and had 3 babies.  Since they wouldn't have survived anyways, I moved the whole nest and babies inside the box and put the box where she built the nest.  They made it 6 days, thought they were doing great and then Mom didn't pull enough hair and they all died from exposure. 

Doe #2 did not produce a litter, never made a nest and generally acted like she had never been bred. 

Doe #3 built a nice nest in the box and has pulled good hair.  I have not checked to see how many babies she had, but they are moving good every time I feed, so hopefully in about 5 days I'll be able to see how many she had.

I'll re-breed at the end of Feb.

You're fine getting in there on day 1 to check on them and count if you want. Won't bother anyone at all.
Good move moving the nest.
Sometimes they don't take. Not a bad idea to breed them again right away, especially with the one with the dead babies. Watch for mastitis with that one. She could get milk bound with no babies to drink it.



I have been keeping an eye on her, so far so good.  I normally don't breed this time of the year, just so cold over here at night in Dec and Jan.  I rarely have babies survive once it gets down in the lower teens and single digits, unless they are a couple of weeks old.
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