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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #210 on: June 12, 2023, 04:41:01 PM »
Got my hutch built out this weekend, still have to make nesting boxes and gets some waterers and I'll be set to start. Cages were a gift from my dad he used then for chicken quarentine years ago, I will build more but having trouble finding 1x 1/2" floor material in 14 or 16 gauge

Floors should be 14 gauge. 16 gauge will tear up their feet and it's flimsy.
You can order it from Klubertanz. Get their floor supports for those bigger cages too.

http://www.klubertanz.com/

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #211 on: June 13, 2023, 07:40:33 AM »
Planning to start with new zealands just for meat production, maybe branch out later for different breeds. My wife is not a fan of the red eyes, but been watching a guy on youtube that through selective breeding came up with a blue eye white that's what I would really like

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #212 on: June 13, 2023, 12:10:04 PM »
Planning to start with new zealands just for meat production, maybe branch out later for different breeds. My wife is not a fan of the red eyes, but been watching a guy on youtube that through selective breeding came up with a blue eye white that's what I would really like

Start by breeding your NZ with blue eyed white rabbit then breed the offspring back to the blue eyed parents.
The problem youíll run into is a quality rabbit thatís properly built thatís also big enough to be able to breed to a New Zealand. Most BEWís that people have developed are smaller rabbits. You might be able to get a blue eyed buck bred to a NZ doe. Donít do it the other way around. The babies will be too big and the Doe wonít be able to deliver them.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #213 on: June 16, 2024, 11:12:57 AM »
Well the plan was new Zealand, but I had a trio of rex given to me, so I'm up and running with meat rabbit breeding, here is my intro video all input is appreciated!


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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #214 on: June 16, 2024, 12:26:51 PM »
I like the video a lot. Good info. 1 suggestion, and if you ask 5 people you might get 5 different opinions here. Iíd feed more pellets and less hay. Hay is good for gut health and the rabbits love it, but overall it doesnít have a lot of nutritional value. The good stuff is in the pellets. Donít let them fill up on hay and not eat the pellets.
Id maybe take a look at how much pellets youíre feeding them too. We feed feed the same Haystack feed. Weíre feeding 4-5 pound rabbits 1/2 a cup a day. We feed no hay.
One of my 4-H kids raises very nice Rex, shows them snd wins at 4-H shows, fair, ARBA shows and shows meat pens with them and sheís also feeding Haystack. Sheís giving them a cup of pellets a day.  She feeds them no hay at all unless theyíre about to give birth.

The other thing I was going to mention is that doe you bred in the video is not an otter. The buck looks like a black otter. Doe looks just plain black. Didnít see the other doe so not sure what color that one is. Blue, black, chocolate otters all exist. The otter variety is identified by the tan markings on their undersides, inside their ears, behind their ears and under their noses.
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #215 on: June 16, 2024, 12:55:22 PM »
Great information and much appreciated! I have noticed the does will eat more hay then pellet for some reason and iv been reducing how much I give them to see if they will take more pellet. Ya the buck is full otter colors, one doe is pure black the other is hard to describe I don't know what it would be called but black brown and gray, in a extremely tight pattern like a good quality camouflage think mossy oak type pattern
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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #216 on: June 16, 2024, 01:23:22 PM »
Lots of different recognized varieties of Rex. Could be anything. Post a pic. I might be able to tell you.
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Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #217 on: June 16, 2024, 07:37:56 PM »
Picture doesnít really show the grays

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #218 on: June 16, 2024, 07:38:31 PM »
No clue why itís upside down

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #219 on: June 16, 2024, 09:35:40 PM »
I think itís a tort which is not a recognized color. One of my 4-H kids raised sable mini rex. It might be a sable but the colors arenít quite right for a sable. This is a correctly colored sable mini rex. Basically the same rabbit as a Rex, just a miniature version.

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Re: Anybody breeding meat rabbit?
« Reply #220 on: July 04, 2024, 07:47:39 AM »
We haven't done it for years but when kids were young we had red satins for meat and show great first livestock project for fair and chores

 


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