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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #165 on: July 20, 2020, 09:33:22 PM »
I wanted to make round top hutches you can put hay in between them

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #166 on: July 20, 2020, 09:56:16 PM »
I wanted to make round top hutches you can put hay in between them

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They have a name. Canít remember what theyíre called. Theyíre cool. Used without trays with a manure pit under them. A dutch breeder we know in Michigan has a top notch rabbit barn with manure pits. She goes so far as to have worms in the pits.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #167 on: July 20, 2020, 09:57:54 PM »
These are them. These ones even have nest boxes in the floors.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #168 on: July 20, 2020, 10:03:26 PM »
Quansit or something like that

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #169 on: July 21, 2020, 08:39:28 AM »
  Oregon State University was a rabbit research facility. They came up with this design of cages including the drop down nest box. They published a monthly newsletter for commercial interests. The authors of "Rabbit Production" worked there. One excellent book that has been upgraded in reprints over the years.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #170 on: July 21, 2020, 09:18:15 AM »
I've always wanted to make my hutches like that with the drop down nest boxes.  Nice!
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #171 on: July 22, 2020, 07:49:59 PM »
If anyone is in the market, 4-H kids in Benton county could use some bidders.



There are at least 4 meat pens going up for auction.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #173 on: January 20, 2022, 12:49:37 PM »
Thinking about getting into this mainly to expose my boys to killing and butchering. I love eating rabbit but not looking to have a freezer full of them, nor to have a whole bunch on hand. If I want just a small scale operation would a single doe and buck suffice? If I understand correctly a doe will put out several litters a year and if we butcher all of them and just keep the two adults that would be my ideal. Is that a bad idea or? I don't know how long they produce for before we would need to acquire new blood for breeding.

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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #174 on: January 20, 2022, 07:12:05 PM »
Thinking about getting into this mainly to expose my boys to killing and butchering. I love eating rabbit but not looking to have a freezer full of them, nor to have a whole bunch on hand. If I want just a small scale operation would a single doe and buck suffice? If I understand correctly a doe will put out several litters a year and if we butcher all of them and just keep the two adults that would be my ideal. Is that a bad idea or? I don't know how long they produce for before we would need to acquire new blood for breeding.

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Itís not a bad thing at all. My kid breeds does twice a year. She shows them. She doesnít eat them. A good commercial breed rabbit will kindle 6-12 babies per litter. Harvest them at 70 days old, theyíll be 3.5-5.5 pounds a piece.  Thatís prime rabbit meat age. No fat yet. A healthy doe is a doe that has babies consistently. Donít breed her once a year and expect much. 2-3 times a year is great. Mother Mature put rabbits on this earth to reproduce.  Figure 8-10 3-5 pound carcasses every 4-6 months. Itís not that much. Itís super good meat. People will buy them too. Iíve sold them for $15 a piece to people for meat. Killed, skinned, gutted. That money goes back to the feed bill.  Your doe will produce good for 3 years or so. Take one of the offspring and move her into the breeding lineup. Line breeding is fine. There will come a time where youíll need to get a new buck once the line is too tightly bred. Youíll need new blood.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #175 on: January 20, 2022, 08:43:18 PM »
Other than the breeding aspect and butchering is there a difference in care than pet rabbits? We had them growing up but just as something to chase around the yard and pet never for anything useful.

What's a typical meat yield on a 3.5-5.5 pound rabbit?

The more I look into rabbits the more I like so far. The barn needs some work before pigs would be an option, we don't have room for bigger animals right now and I'm never going back to chickens or turkeys if I can help it.

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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #176 on: January 20, 2022, 09:30:04 PM »
The biggest cluster I see repeatedly with rabbits is their diet if you ask me. They donít need salads and such.  They need a quality pellet from a feed store, not from a pet store, and maybe a little grass hay once in a while.  Hay is good source of fiber and good for gut health. The biggest thing we use Timothy hay for at this point is filling nest boxes. Eating a quality feed will put meat on a carcass. Feeding them treats and green grass and carrots will give them bloat and make them fat. You donít want fat rabbits.  A good buck and 3 quality does will give you a beef cowís worth of meat in a year if you breed enough times.

I think they say 60% meat. A commercial breed rabbit is built to yield more meat than bone. Theyíll eat to put meat on, not build bone. You donít want big boned rabbits.
Once they get to 12 weeks or so, theyíll start forming fat. That will degrade the quality of the meat, and they wonít get too much bigger than they are at 12 weeks either.

Set your cages up so the kids can harvest the poop too. People will buy it off of Craigslist or your local dahlia club or something like that for a few bucks per 5 or 10 pound bag. My kid has buyers for that too.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #177 on: January 20, 2022, 09:35:12 PM »
Also. Donít buy rabbits off of Craigslist. When youíre ready, let me know. Iíll get you set up with a quality breeder with good stock to get your kids going. I know lots of people who raise rabbits.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #178 on: January 20, 2022, 10:12:22 PM »
Helped out at a commercial rabbits for a friend's parents back in '80-81. Butchering was down to a science. Manure was sold for earthworm production
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #179 on: January 21, 2022, 06:42:04 AM »
Thanks! I'm hoping either this spring or fall to get our mini operation up and running. Slaughter and butcher was a common occurrence growing up and I hated it at the time but now I see it's value. Really would like to get the kids normalized to it before they're too old.


 


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