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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #80 on: May 13, 2020, 08:39:25 pm »
How old will the females need be when able to reproduce?

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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #81 on: May 13, 2020, 08:48:09 pm »
How old will the females need be when able to reproduce?
From what I've read, most people breed for the first time at 6 months old. 
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #82 on: May 24, 2020, 09:08:11 pm »
Our first litter of rabbits graduated today!  They are now weaned and today moved from Mama's cage to the tractor.   :smile:
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #83 on: May 24, 2020, 09:16:58 pm »
These are the first babies! Wow!   Keep up the good work!

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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #84 on: May 25, 2020, 10:48:29 am »
These are the first babies! Wow!   Keep up the good work!
Isn't it crazy how fast they grow?  We tried sexing them again when we put them in the tractor, and we got 3 girls and 3 boys this time, which seems like a more reasonable answer than the first try.  :grin:
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #85 on: May 25, 2020, 01:17:50 pm »
will you eat the males and breed the does? Cool tractor - did you build it?

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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #86 on: May 25, 2020, 01:45:37 pm »
will you eat the males and breed the does?
At this point we are planning on eating all of them.  We don't have a whole lot of grassy pasture, so we can only support a couple of tractors.  We'd like to maybe get some breeders of another breed (we are looking at Silver Foxes now), but we don't need any more New Zealand breeders right now.   
Cool tractor - did you build it?
Thanks.  Yes, my parents built it.  They got the plans from Living Traditions Homestead.   
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #87 on: May 25, 2020, 07:45:58 pm »
One of our goats, Bella, likes the new bunny tractor too!   :cheesy:
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« Reply #88 on: May 25, 2020, 08:55:29 pm »
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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #89 on: May 25, 2020, 10:04:00 pm »
In the late 70s my folks built a "rabbit barn" which was/is about 16'x50'. They/we built cages which hung the length of both long walls with a double cage going down the middle. The male was kept outside in his own cage.

At the time several people had started raising. A semi would come on Sat to the local high school to buy your rabbits. When we started the feed cost was low, the wire and other supplies were affordable, and the buyer paid a decent price. Within 2-3 years, local suppliers (namely Farmer's Coop) raised feed and wire prices and the folks bringing the trucks kept lowering the buying price of meat.

I remember feeding/watering mamas and having a lot of cuddly babies. The meat was excellent.

I don't think you will have trouble selling as many as you can raise. However, being able to sell them at a profit might take developing a niche market (Organic, pink and purple, etc)

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Re: Raising Meat Rabbits
« Reply #90 on: May 25, 2020, 11:41:34 pm »
In the late 70s my folks built a "rabbit barn" which was/is about 16'x50'. They/we built cages which hung the length of both long walls with a double cage going down the middle. The male was kept outside in his own cage.

At the time several people had started raising. A semi would come on Sat to the local high school to buy your rabbits. When we started the feed cost was low, the wire and other supplies were affordable, and the buyer paid a decent price. Within 2-3 years, local suppliers (namely Farmer's Coop) raised feed and wire prices and the folks bringing the trucks kept lowering the buying price of meat.

I remember feeding/watering mamas and having a lot of cuddly babies. The meat was excellent.

I don't think you will have trouble selling as many as you can raise. However, being able to sell them at a profit might take developing a niche market (Organic, pink and purple, etc)

Sounds like quite the operation!  We're not really looking to sell the meat, at least at this point.  We really just wanted to start raising more of our own.   
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