Rabbits for food?
Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:26 PM
Anyone already doing this? Suggestions for setup?
I'm building some cages very soon. I have some left over 8'x2"x4"'s from another project that will make up the bulk of the bones. I have some 2"x4" welded wire that will make up the walls. And will be picking up some 1/2" hardware cloth for the floors and something for the roof that will keep them dry and out of the hot sun in the summer.
Cages will be 3x2 2'x2' and one 2'x4' at the end.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:50 PM
Some people are a bit funny with the idea of growing your own meat but its a lot more respectful to the animals than buying some meat in a supermarket/store wrapped in plastic which was almost certainly treated terribly through its life.
Best of luck with it all
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:41 PM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:45 PM
kind of like this...
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:33 PM
Caitojones: In most cities, they're exempt, so you could have them, if you wanted to.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:37 AM
All the rabbits i'm getting have pedigrees. So if it gets to be too much on meat....I can advertise on craigslist and get $20 a rabbit all day. There are a bunch of "large breed" rabbits out there. New zealands and californians are the mainstays in the market. the blues and cinnamons are heritage breeds. I am not big on maintaining gene lines....i'm a bit of a tinkerer when it comes to genetics. So, I'll be breeding and backbreeding with what I'm picking up. I will keep a full blood pair of each so I can go back to the original genetics if need be. I have to get the tractor out and clear a spot in the snow in the pasture to put the hutch when i'm done. I might work on it today...but it is DAMN cold out there...we'll see. If i do i'll take pictures and such.
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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:09 PM
I'm giving it a try this year (again). I had 2 litters that were ready last year but my partner wouldnt kill them and tired of taking care of them while I was away. They went to homes but still kept my male. The mother that wasnt supposed to go ended up being given away by mistake. So I am collaborating with a friend this year to get it going again. Ive been keeping the male in a very large run that was built as a colony and have no complaints as to raising him that way. He barely sheds and doesnt make a mess of it when he does and looks way more healthy than the friends caged animals. I think I'll continue to plan in that direction. The bunnies were in tractors and I'll continue with that as well. If you put bales of straw or half a dog crate or other structure in the middle of the pen, they seem to dig there instead of along the fence to get out.
I also got some heritage chickens this year (Dominiques and Delewares) . They will be for meat and eggs when they start producing both. Muscovies are also on my list. I have a mating trio waiting for me to build a pen. Last winter was harsh and any food will be good food. Im tired of being semi-hungry the last week or 2 every month. lol.