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Raising Rabbits for Meat at Home – A Beginners’ Guide

Although rabbit meat is not as popular as pork and beef, it is becoming a delicacy in some parts of the world. Moreover, raising rabbits for meat in your home backyard is economical and easy. Rabbits reproduce very quickly so they are also a reliable source of protein.

So, here is a guide if you want to start raising some in your home.

Raising Rabbits for Meat: Where You Should Start

Choosing the breed you want to raise

Not all rabbits can be raised for meat because some are just fancy breeds. The best breeds of rabbit for meat are those that grow large. A popular breed among raisers is New Zealand White because they grow large like a cat and their fur is worth some money too.

You need to take note though that a rabbit’s meat gets tougher as they get older so they need to be butchered at around eight weeks. However, if the rabbit is not of a decent size at eight weeks, you need to choose another breed to raise.


Making the shelter

First of all, whatever type of shelter you choose to build, make sure that it’s located in a shaded area so that your rabbits don’t feel hot. Now, you have two options for your rabbits’ shelter: a hutch or a colony.

A hutch is a wooden box covered with mesh. Your rabbits’ hutch should have a piece of wood where they can bite on to keep their teeth filed. There should also be a rabbit hole with a bedding where they can sleep. Here’s what a hutch looks like to give you an idea.

On the other hand, a colony is a grassy area in your yard that is enclosed with a fence and has a roof. This may be difficult when it comes to breeding but rabbits will love this because it’s close to their natural habitat.


Food for the rabbits

If you want to raise organic rabbit meat, the food you need to feed them should be all natural like vegetables and fruits. Another inexpensive, organic food option is grass. The good thing about raising rabbits is they fatten up on weed or grass so there’s no need to spend on expensive pellets. However, pellets are food options that will help them put on weight in a shorter amount of time.

In addition, there should always be water in the shelter of your rabbits because they drink a lot of it. You may place rabbit waterers in their shelter or small bowls for an inexpensive option.

Important Notes

  • Don’t put straws in the shelter of your rabbits because that is a breeding ground for mites. You can prevent ear mites from growing in your rabbits by mixing tea tree and vegetable oil and putting a few drops on their ears.
  • Keep flies away from their hutch because they can feast on your kits which will eventually kill them.
  • Clean their shelter and replace their bedding weekly to keep your rabbits healthy and clean.


Final Words

Raising rabbits for meat is inexpensive and easy. Rabbits are some of the animals that require very little maintenance yet they provide meat that is sustainable, nutritious, and delicious.

About Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a chief editor of The Survival Corps and an experienced survivalist who is incredibly passionate about everything survival and preparedness, be it in the great outdoors or in an urban environment.Besides his primary job functions at The Survival Corps, Dan has been recognized by the survival community for his extraordinary commitment and an insatiable desire to always achieve absolute excellence in everything that he undertakes. Being a survival expert for a very long time, Dan has acquired extensive knowledge and experience regarding preparing for camping trips, hiking, hunting and any other outdoor adventure and surviving in the wilderness. He also knows quite a lot about preparing for emergency situations in the concrete jungle when one would need either self-defense or other survival skills in various cases of crisis, such as a natural disaster. Dan’s remarkable knowledge and expertise, absolutely tireless work ethic, astonishing passion and commitment and unparalleled focus is what truly sets him apart from all the other survivalist enthusiasts. He is truly the lifeblood of The Survival Corps and we can honestly say that we wouldn’t be where we are without him. He is a professional and a true leader that anyone would love working with, both in and out of the office walls. He has an incredibly friendly and open personality and loves helping others, which is exactly where he finds constant inspiration and passion for learning more and providing people with tips and tricks for all things survival. He is curious, imaginative, creative and always puts other people first, never failing to really help them put safety in their lives. If you’re a passionate survival enthusiast, The Survival Corps is the right place for you, as Dan will never cease to amaze you with valuable information for helping you plan, prepare and survive both in the wilderness and in an urban environment.

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