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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #50 on: November 20, 2017, 11:46:55 AM »
I quit raising rabbits, still have some in the freezer


We pretty much boiled it down to 2 meals we'd make with rabbit.   Rabbit noodle soup and Rabbit dumplings.
I know there's literally 100's, 1000's of ways to eat rabbit but in this house it just all came down to two dishes.  Wife won't cook them unless I thaw them out and get them boiled, then she'll debone and make one of 2 dishes.  Kids aren't excited about either one.

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I had trouble butchering at the optimal age for frying, 1 or 2 weeks past due makes a big difference in meat tenderness then you end up with stewing rabbits instead of fryers.  You get busy, time fly's and then next thing you have boilers.....again. 


I'm going to tear out the hutch and build a different design, but before I do that I want a legit butcher shop that'll handle everything from a small rabbit to a huge Angus bull.  I didn't enjoy butchering in the summer, in the rain, in the snow, in the wind, in the mosquitoes, bees, flies etc.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #51 on: November 20, 2017, 12:05:23 PM »
This past year at the Snohomish County fair, they included rabbits in the youth livestock auction. My kid has decided she wants to participate in that next year. After raising little 5 pound Dutch rabbits for the last couple years, we'll see how she does handling a commercial breed. She wants to enter fryers, which means she'll have to have the doe at our house when she has babies in order to meet the 45 day ownership for fair rule. Could make for an interesting spring/early summer. Probably going to need a bigger cage for these critters.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #52 on: November 20, 2017, 12:31:59 PM »
Some of the meat breeds can be more docile than others.  NZW aren't one of the docile meat breeds
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #53 on: November 20, 2017, 12:43:52 PM »
Some of the meat breeds can be more docile than others.  NZW aren't one of the docile meat breeds

I think she'll likely end up with a Cali litter from the guy I just got set up or a NZ litter. Our friend raises NZ's and they're all pretty nice. She told my kid she could borrow a bred doe. It's more the size of them I wonder about when it comes to a 10 year old handling them. They have to do a seperate round of showmanship at fair with their meat project and need to be able to handle them trouble free. She wants to raise fryers and she has to have the rabbits in her possession 45 days before fair so the age requirements of fryers at fair mean they're not old enough to be weaned when they would have to be in the kid's possession. A lot of the kids buy rabbits 45+days before fair and do roasters rather than raising them themselves for a fryer class(1 rabbit under 12 weeks I believe) or a meat pen(3 rabbits under 10 weeks I think)
 
(maybe it's under 12 weeks. Honestly I can't remember. I know they have to be old enough to make weight but not over 10 or 12 weeks and not over a certain weight)


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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #54 on: November 20, 2017, 01:14:16 PM »
Sorry to hear of your troubles Fred. Hopefully Doe #3 does ok.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #55 on: November 20, 2017, 01:23:12 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.
Good luck on your hunt. Be sure to post up pics of your new setups.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #56 on: November 20, 2017, 01:28:57 PM »
This is my kid’s current situation LOL.  They just hit 3 weeks old. She’s got a chocolate litter too, same age.






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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #57 on: November 20, 2017, 01:31:48 PM »
Shut your mouth right now that is a cute bunny!!!!!
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #58 on: November 20, 2017, 01:42:37 PM »
Shut your mouth right now that is a cute bunny!!!!!

They'll be ready for your kid to take one home in 5 weeks!!
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #59 on: November 20, 2017, 01:44:37 PM »
Shut your mouth right now that is a cute bunny!!!!!

They'll be ready for your kid to take one home in 5 weeks!!
Should't they always go in pairs so they don't get lonely?
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #60 on: November 20, 2017, 01:45:59 PM »
Shut your mouth right now that is a cute bunny!!!!!

They'll be ready for your kid to take one home in 5 weeks!!
Should't they always go in pairs so they don't get lonely?

Yes. Your second one will be ready at the same time!!
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #61 on: November 20, 2017, 01:53:19 PM »
Shut your mouth right now that is a cute bunny!!!!!

They'll be ready for your kid to take one home in 5 weeks!!

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #62 on: November 20, 2017, 01:54:14 PM »
 :chuckle:
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #63 on: December 15, 2017, 02:54:56 PM »
My NZ doe finally kindled this morning (Day 33), and I got to watch most of the action. She ate a tiny runt, whole, and almost choked. And there was another dead in the nest. 6 total survived: 4 broken and 2 solid. Leading up to the birth she refused any nest box and just built a nest in the hay early this morning. I was on baby watch the whole week, not knowing if she would give birth on the wire. It was the first time for both of us.

I was hoping to have a larger litter, and have friends requesting to buy any of my broken NZ that are does. So it looks like I won't get as much meat from this litter as I expected. And I'm not sure if I want to wait to grow out this litter for breeders.

In other news, I have the opportunity to get a Silver Fox buck in exchange for helping someone butcher. And am considering buying a Champagne D'Argent doe as well.  Does it seem unwise to have such a mix of breeds? So far I don't particularly care for the NZ temperament, and would primarily be breeding for meat. I don't have time to do tanning and breaking hides myself.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #64 on: December 15, 2017, 03:21:48 PM »
Nice!

My doe is about to wean 7 nice Harlequins,  they were 4 weeks old yesterday.  All doing great.  I'll have to post a photo this weekend.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #65 on: December 15, 2017, 03:44:25 PM »
Congrats on the littles, Jenna.
My input regarding mixing breeds will come down to what you want to do with them. I know a lady who is a Champagne breeder in central WA and she breeds meat rabbits as well. Her meat rabbits are all NZ/Champagne crosses. I've never bred for meat production before so don't have any personal experience there. If you have any interest in showing rabbits, don't mix breeds unless you have a lot of space. Silver foxes are super rare. It would be cool to have them, but from a showing standpoint there is zero competition.

As far as temperament of the NZ's go...I think it comes down to handling and that sort of thing. I also think it's a little genetic. We have a local kid who uses a NZ doe for showmanship, so they're not all unfriendly. I've handled a bunch of them and like any other rabbit, there are calm ones and exciteable ones. My kid has had Dutch rabbits that were biters and generally spastic. Others that would snuggle on her pillow with her.   If they don't get handled, they're going to be little jerks from time to time.

Unrelated news, my kid had a 6 month old Dutch buck choke on a feed pellet 2 nights ago. We got him cleared up to where he was breathing ok, but the damage was done I think. You could tell he wasn't well and was hurting so I took him to my buddy's house last night and put him down. He's the guy we just set up with the Cali's and he wanted to try out his new equipment. Processed him and put him in the freezer.




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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #66 on: December 15, 2017, 03:58:28 PM »
Here's an updated pic of one of the blue dutch babies I posted above. They're 7 weeks this weekend.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #67 on: December 15, 2017, 05:35:14 PM »
I was just thinking about street tacos,  just now  :dunno:
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #68 on: December 15, 2017, 06:15:41 PM »
Thanks jackelope. Glad to see your kits are doing well; yours too Machias.
I honestly have zero interest in showing. So I'll probably move forward with mixing. The Silver Fox buck is a blue, but the seller says he's not showable. It's fine by me. And I've really like everything I've read about the Champagnes.
Sorry you had to put one down. I may have to put one of the kits down. It is not moving its hind legs at all. I'm going to see how it looks tomorrow.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #69 on: Yesterday at 10:51:16 AM »

As far as temperament of the NZ's go...I think it comes down to handling and that sort of thing. I also think it's a little genetic. We have a local kid who uses a NZ doe for showmanship, so they're not all unfriendly. I've handled a bunch of them and like any other rabbit, there are calm ones and excitable ones. My kid has had Dutch rabbits that were biters and generally spastic. Others that would snuggle on her pillow with her.   If they don't get handled, they're going to be little jerks from time to time.

I still blame the person that was bit for being rough with him  :chuckle:

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #70 on: Yesterday at 10:54:58 AM »
@ KFHunter - my family(kids) prefers rabbit 2 ways. Ground burger tacos and backstrap tenders; this is how I made rabbit the very first time for them, told em it was chicken strips  :chuckle:
I like it in stew/soup, but am the only one in the household that does.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #71 on: Yesterday at 10:39:17 PM »
I'm half tempted to get back into it, but not until I empty my freezers a bit. 

I never tried rabbit burger
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