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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #195 on: January 23, 2022, 03:39:44 PM »
Thanks, I get an urge once in a while but then remember how much hunting and fishing I haven't been doing in the last 10 years or so.   I've almost got rid of all my livestock, but did get chickens for my 1 youth still at home, its on her to take care of them. 

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #196 on: February 02, 2022, 07:00:39 PM »
I'm finding widely varying numbers on how big the cages need to be. The only agreed upon thing is does who are breeding need more than bucks, which makes sense.

Do you guys have a general rule of thumb? Bigger is better? Too much room is a bad thing? Growing up we didn't breed ours they were pets and I'd get they were in 18"x30" cages.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #197 on: February 02, 2022, 09:45:13 PM »
Typically commercial breed does with litters are good to go in 30x30 cages.  Bucks Iíd put in 24x30.
My kidís 5 pound rabbits live in 24x24ís and 24x30ís for the does. Grow outs go in 18x24 for a couple weeks then if theyíre staying they go into the bigger cages. She rotates the breeding does into the bigger cages when theyíre bred. Sheís got 8 big breeding cages. 
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #198 on: February 04, 2022, 07:24:22 AM »
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #199 on: February 04, 2022, 07:45:31 AM »
These are them. These ones even have nest boxes in the floors.



Can these be bought, or does one have to make them themselves?
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #200 on: February 04, 2022, 02:21:49 PM »
These are them. These ones even have nest boxes in the floors.



Can these be bought, or does one have to make them themselves?

There used to be a guy on Craigslist that built and sold cages like that before, and I believe he was up north in wooley or concrete or something like that. He also sold New Zealand rabbits too.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #201 on: February 04, 2022, 02:50:07 PM »
What's the draw of hanging the cages? I keep running across plans for that.

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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #202 on: February 04, 2022, 02:53:48 PM »
What's the draw of hanging the cages? I keep running across plans for that.
Poop harvest.
Worm bins.
Less maintenance.
Cleanliness.

The situation has to be right to use them. Itíll ruin a concrete floor and the smell can build up. Ventilation is more important with this setup if youíre doing it for less maintenance.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #203 on: December 01, 2022, 04:19:57 PM »
So I'm getting closer to starting my and the kids rabbit project. I'm in the gathering supplies for the hutch process and wanted to run my ideas off you experienced folks. I've got a large hazelnut tree that basically grows into my barn but provides a nice protective canopy for the area underneath it. My idea was to build a covered area off the barn that was basically just a roof with hanging hutches underneath. I think from all the reading ive done two does and a buck (or two if I should worry about loss) is a good and also manageable number for personal consumption, so i should build it sized for six cages correct? Four for the adults and two for the litters once they're out of moms cage?

Also can I put them back to back so I can access off either side? My idea is to not shed water where I'm trying to access the doors, but I don't know of having another rabbit right behind it and on either side matters? Should I build the smaller buck cages on opposite ends?

It's a pretty protected site from everything but wind, we get the occasional heavy winds here, should I build w wind screen or put it in the more protected but uncovered side of the barn? Itll keep them out of the sun and dry but I don't know how they deal with wind, I'd imagine they'd want something?

And finally, what about predatots? Barn cats? Coons? Bobcats? Losing chickens growing up seemed to be part of the game, is that something that comes along with rabbits too? Will a hanging wire hutch protect them enough or do critters find a way in?

Thanks for all the help so far folks. Looking forward to getting into it and the kids are actually too. Theyve loved killing and cleaning and then ultimately eating the geese and chickens I've had them be a part of so I think this will be both a good and fun experience for them.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #204 on: December 01, 2022, 04:39:58 PM »
Dividers between the cages so they canít bite each other, piss on each other or breed through the wire(it happens). You can buy metal dividers at klubertanz or just use some sheet metal. Make sure no sharp edges.

2 does and a buck will provide plenty of meat. You can line breed your buck to his offspring for a few generations and be fine if you want to add another doe. The buck will handle as many does as you can throw at him. Eventually youíll need some new blood.

Keep the wind off of them. Theyíre totally fine in the coldest weather we get but wind and wet will kill them.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #205 on: December 01, 2022, 07:39:24 PM »
Predators seem to be a non issue. Lots of people raise rabbits the way youíre describing.

Buy quality foundation stock for your rabbit herd and it will produce quality meat. Donít feed them a bunch of crap they donít need.

Once your kids get hooked, get them into 4-H.  Last year WA state 4-H adopted a new market rabbit project. Iím the only Snohomish county market rabbit project leader at this point. Hoping it grows and becomes a thing.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #206 on: December 01, 2022, 08:45:06 PM »
Having raised rabbits for a number of years as a kid and with our kids the biggest predator issue we had either time was neighbor dogs. Dogs we never saw before showed up and would chase the rabbits around the cages and bite feet and toenails. Obviously, I have no idea your situation but if your place is not fenced dogs are something to think about. Raising rabbits is fun and the some of the best fertilizer you can have. Good luck and enjoy the adventure.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #207 on: December 24, 2022, 06:34:58 PM »
I need to get new cages and a couple of does by spring time.

Any one close to Everett have any cages for sale?
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