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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #90 on: April 07, 2018, 09:18:34 PM »
I was told a while back that plastic cans wonít create as much moisture as galvanized cans do. If youíre going through a bunch of feed, itís probably a non issue. We did the garbage can thing a while but we use vittles vaults now.
My kid has 2 litters now and we bred another doe last night. Sheís not showing right now so might as well work on some new show prospects.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #91 on: September 14, 2018, 03:30:19 PM »
I have three litters New Zealand/Rex crosses that are about ready to butcher if any one wants any. There are 22 little ones, I'd like to keep half.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #92 on: September 16, 2018, 07:09:59 AM »
I have three litters New Zealand/Rex crosses that are about ready to butcher if any one wants any. There are 22 little ones, I'd like to keep half.
That's fantastic! The majority of my breedings were unsuccessful this year (I think heat sterility, plus I lost a doe this spring.) I think my boys may come inside the garage next summer. Fortunately we're not lacking for meat yet from helping others with culls. I have 3 does hopefully due early October.

Anyway, that's great that you're sharing this opportunity with others. :)  :hello:

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #93 on: September 16, 2018, 07:13:06 AM »
We breed rabbits, and have about 20-30 rabbits we butcher 2-3xs a year. we have a huge room set up with 55g feeders that the food represent remove replenishes as the eat
Is it waterfowl season yet..............

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #94 on: September 16, 2018, 05:35:17 PM »
Good stuff, folks. I started helping a buddy get his breeding program going with some really nice Californian rabbits this past year. Sent a couple with kids to a couple of the local fairs for market and youth livestock sale animals. Kids did good there and the rabbits did good too. We managed to fill a freezer or 2 as well.



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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #95 on: September 16, 2018, 05:59:42 PM »
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #96 on: September 16, 2018, 06:58:25 PM »
How big do the Californians get? I was going to keep a buck.from this cross for my next spring breeding and then get rid of it and keep a buck from that set to use.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #97 on: September 16, 2018, 07:23:18 PM »
Max weight on senior bucks is 10 pounds.  Does are 10.5 pounds.

This doe is a young senior so a little over 8 months old.





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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #98 on: September 16, 2018, 08:04:17 PM »
How big do the Californians get? I was going to keep a buck.from this cross for my next spring breeding and then get rid of it and keep a buck from that set to use.

Have you considered Champagne D'argent?  The mature does get up to 12 lbs and have a really nice meat ratio. I'm seriously considering ditching my New Zealands moving to just D'argent and crossed after growing some of each out.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #99 on: September 16, 2018, 08:10:41 PM »
If youíre growing for meat, growth rate is where itís at,  not so much maximum size. You look for the best quality animal you can afford and know about growth rates of their offspring. This doe I posted pics of above is from a litter that was 4.5-5 pounds at 10 weeks old. Thatís pretty darn good so we held her back. We just processed a litter that was 14 weeks and they had a lot of fat buildup on them because we waited too long to harvest them.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2018, 08:11:25 PM »
How big do the Californians get? I was going to keep a buck.from this cross for my next spring breeding and then get rid of it and keep a buck from that set to use.

Have you considered Champagne D'argent?  The mature does get up to 12 lbs and have a really nice meat ratio. I'm seriously considering ditching my New Zealands moving to just D'argent and crossed after growing some of each out.

Martie likes that cross if I remember correctly.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #101 on: September 16, 2018, 08:28:03 PM »
If youíre growing for meat, growth rate is where itís at,  not so much maximum size. You look for the best quality animal you can afford and know about growth rates of their offspring. This doe I posted pics of above is from a litter that was 4.5-5 pounds at 10 weeks old. Thatís pretty darn good so we held her back. We just processed a litter that was 14 weeks and they had a lot of fat buildup on them because we waited too long to harvest them.
10 weeks? That's pretty good! I think my current NZ kits are at least 12 weeks now are approaching 5lb. The champagnes did grow out faster, but the only one I butchered died from heat. The remaining 3 of the litter were does. (Kept or bred).

One of Marty's does weighed in at over 13lbs last weekend in hermiston.  :chuckle: :chuckle: I'm going to try to get one of her kits. But yes, I've heard good things on CdA/NZ. I'm sure that cross will be bred later this fall.

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« Reply #102 on: September 16, 2018, 09:31:56 PM »
One of the rabbits we gave to a kid was 12 weeks old at  evergreen state fair in August and weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces. My buddy has more stats but thatís pretty common. The Cali lines were using comes from one of the top Cali breeders in the West.

There was 10-12 CdAís at the Bremerton show yesterday.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #103 on: October 04, 2018, 06:26:39 PM »
My three does that were due (if they were impregnated) did not give birth this week.
But fortunately for me a couple of friends have culls that they need help with, so I wont be out of rabbit meat. The deal is that I keep half of what i butcher. That's my plan for tomorrow.
Meanwhile I've been making a new lean-to shelter for winter using scrap wood. It's still in a work in progress. It should fit my 2 stackers and a couple of growout cages. The roof is lined with plastic to keep out the moisture. It looks uneven because I didnt align the roof boards well. I promise the roof base is level.  :chuckle:

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #104 on: October 14, 2018, 01:56:39 PM »
It's nice having a roof over your rabbit pens.
Next year I want to do something different for my rabbit and laying chicken adventure. I am thinking of rabbits on one side and the chickens on the other side with an isle between..
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