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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #180 on: January 21, 2022, 07:20:22 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.



Processing a rabbit is a lot different than processing a pig or a cow. I can have one alive to skinned and gutted and ready to package in probably 5-10 minutes. It's a good gateway to the bigger stuff. Take a look at the hopper popper setup. You can likely make your own, but you'll get the idea.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #181 on: January 21, 2022, 11:47:02 AM »
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.
I'm really new to meat rabbits but this is what I'm planning.  Our line of Silver Fox are producing both Black and Blue color variations.

I started with a young pair that are on their third litter.  The first litter will be ready to process this weekend.  We are not separating the buck from the doe.  Once the little ones are out of the brooder, the doe puts the next batch in.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #182 on: January 21, 2022, 01:11:42 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.
I'm really new to meat rabbits but this is what I'm planning.  Our line of Silver Fox are producing both Black and Blue color variations.

I started with a young pair of that are on their third litter.  The first litter will be ready to process this weekend.  We are not separating the buck from the doe.  Once the little ones are out of the brooder, the doe puts the next batch in.

This would freak me out because Iím a little OCD about the rabbits.
Iíd worry the doe would kill the buck. Mentally I also have to keep track of how much the adults are all eating. 
What do you mean by brooder? Whatís your setup?
I canít do the colony thing :chuckle:
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #183 on: January 21, 2022, 01:42:03 PM »
@jackalope  I'm doing the colony thing.  Brooder was the wrong term, it is just the nest box.


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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #184 on: January 21, 2022, 02:18:54 PM »
@jackalope  I'm doing the colony thing.  Brooder was the wrong term, it is just the nest box.


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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #185 on: January 21, 2022, 09:26:02 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.
I'm really new to meat rabbits but this is what I'm planning.  Our line of Silver Fox are producing both Black and Blue color variations.

I started with a young pair of that are on their third litter.  The first litter will be ready to process this weekend.  We are not separating the buck from the doe.  Once the little ones are out of the brooder, the doe puts the next batch in.

This would freak me out because Iím a little OCD about the rabbits.
Iíd worry the doe would kill the buck. Mentally I also have to keep track of how much the adults are all eating. 
What do you mean by brooder? Whatís your setup?
I canít do the colony thing :chuckle:

I am right there with you Jackelope! Having raised thousands of rabbits growing up there is no way I could leave the buck in with the doe. All the "old guys" from my youth beat it into me that the doe will harm/kill the buck if I ever put him in her cage! I will never forget some of those early farming notes....even if not totally true I could never do it.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #186 on: January 22, 2022, 07:33:51 PM »
Anyone have any favorite hutch designs? Things that did or didn't work? I know there's been some stuff already on the thread here but nothing in a while.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #187 on: January 22, 2022, 07:35:51 PM »
Anyone have any favorite hutch designs? Things that did or didn't work? I know there's been some stuff already on the thread here but nothing in a while.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #188 on: January 22, 2022, 07:43:01 PM »
Drop down nests if you can

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #189 on: January 22, 2022, 08:22:17 PM »
Drop down nests if you can
Never really thought about this. What do you think is the benefit?

Not possible with our setup either way.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #190 on: January 22, 2022, 08:32:30 PM »






The kid says sheís going to keep up her hobby for a while so we built her a shed this fall. Thereís a 650cfm exhaust fan in that right corner, windows on both ends and up top there on the left. I used green board sheet rock and gloss paint to make cleaning a little easier. Itís cheap vinyl floor. Iíll do the ceiling in the spring. Ran out of time and had to move them in there.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #191 on: January 23, 2022, 01:01:20 PM »
Drop down nests if you can
Never really thought about this. What do you think is the benefit?

Not possible with our setup either way.

It's not a big deal if you keep your rabbits in a climate controlled Taj Mahal  :chuckle:

Seriously, the kits born outside of a nest box can't climb in, but can fall down into a nest. When it's cold you don't have a lot of time to gather them up and warm them.

The saying is: " they're not dead until they're warm and dead"

Lot's of kits have been saved in a woman's bra  :chuckle:

Not my woman though

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #192 on: January 23, 2022, 02:51:46 PM »
Drop down nests if you can
Never really thought about this. What do you think is the benefit?

Not possible with our setup either way.

It's not a big deal if you keep your rabbits in a climate controlled Taj Mahal  :chuckle:

Seriously, the kits born outside of a nest box can't climb in, but can fall down into a nest. When it's cold you don't have a lot of time to gather them up and warm them.

The saying is: " they're not dead until they're warm and dead"

Lot's of kits have been saved in a woman's bra  :chuckle:

Not my woman though

If does donít give birth in nest boxes here, they donít stay.

Thereís no climate control in the rabbit Taj Mahal other than the insulation and the exhaust fan. Itíll be an experiment when it starts warming up. In theory with the exhaust fan, itíll stay cool enough. I put windows that size on purpose so we can put a small window ac if needed. The 106 degree days here this past summer might have been too much I guess.  If it stays under 90, itís a win. The ac constantly running in the garage was $$$. 
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #193 on: January 23, 2022, 03:07:17 PM »
Agree, I didn't cull enough

Hard to find rabbits at the time in the desired breed

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #194 on: January 23, 2022, 03:26:32 PM »
Agree, I didn't cull enough

Hard to find rabbits at the time in the desired breed

Let me know what youíre looking for whenever the time comes. I probably know a guy.

Bred 4 does and weaned 2 litters this morning.
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