Don’t “knock it” until you try it…
Most of us are fine with eating chicken, pork and beef, but there are also other types of meat that you can consider, especially if you live in the countryside or even in the middle of nature.
Rabbits are one of the greatest sources of food that you may want to grow and that is because their meat has a strong flavor and it’s also very rich in proteins and low in fat.
No matter if you love making steaks, grilled meat, meat pies or any other meat based dish, you’ll certainly fall in love with rabbit meat once you try it.
And if you don’t know literally anything about rabbit meat, then let me enlighten you. Three ounces of rabbit meat contain 292 milligrams of potassium, 204 milligrams of phosphorous, 4 milligrams of iron and 28 grams of protein. Rabbits are also quite easy to grow and in as little as three months you can grow a few dozens of them if you have the time and dedication to do this. Even better, the gestational period of rabbits is around thirty two days, which means that you can easily grow them by the hundreds.
If you had chickens, cows or pigs before, then you know very well that one of the main problems of growing them is the amount of food they eat. Not only that, but they also drink a lot of water and this puts extra pressure on you, since hey, if you want to put food on the table in the winter, you need to take care of them. On the other hand, rabbits eat very little, grow very fast and you won’t have to worry about the law forbidding you to grow them, as it’s the case with other animals.
1. Choosing your favorite breed of rabbits
Well then, there’s a first for everything!
Don’t worry though, since rabbit meat doesn’t have a bad taste at all and the majority of people who had it compare it to chicken. Because the meat is so delicious and it’s very simple to prepare, a lot of people are calling it the meat of the future. You can have it with a wide range of foods, including vegetables, pastas and also bread.
2. Buying your rabbits
Okay, everyone agrees that you won’t be able to stumble upon rabbit sellers as much as you would if you’re interested in purchasing chicken, but still, if you know where to look, you can find plenty of people who sell rabbits. Remember though that not any rabbit breed out there is suitable for eating and it’s best that you purchase yours from a local breeder. Let’s take a closer look below at some of the most popular breeds suitable for eating and see which one you may prefer more.
A: The New Zealand rabbit is one of the most popular breeds you’ll ever find on the market and these rabbits come with white or red coats. On top of that, they’re very simple to butcher and have a very special taste.
B: The Californian rabbit breed is basically an all-American breed that has been developed in the nineteen twenties. What makes it special compared to the previous breed is that it has a higher quality pelt, which means you can sell it for a better price.
C: Champagne d’Argent: This is yet again a very popular breed of rabbits and it’s most of the times bred with other ten to twelve pound rabbits with the sole purpose of producing a wider variety.
D: French Lop: Compared to other breeds of rabbits, these ones take a bit longer to mature, but rest assured that once they reach maturity, you’ll be very happy to know they can weigh up to eleven pounds.
E: Palomino: Compared to the American Chinchilla, you’ll find this breed to be a bit more docile and you can grow such rabbits for both fur and meat. Compared to other breeds, these rabbits can weigh between eight and eleven pounds, which makes them a very good choice for people who are interested in getting the highest amount of meat.
In general, people will keep their rabbits in open air hutches outdoors and above the ground, but if you want, you can also keep them in a small barn. These enclosures feature wire mesh which leaves no chance for the rabbits to escape and they are generally made from wood or plastic. The flooring features a tighter wire mesh which allows the droppings to fall through. While as a first time owner you’ll be a bit surprised as to why you need to use wired flooring, this is one of the best choices you can consider since it’s both humane and sanitary.
Some owners may want to let their rabbits run free in portable outdoor runs, but if you do this you need to be very careful, since rabbits are very skilled diggers and they can run away pretty quickly.
Most of the times meat rabbits are fed a diet of commercial pellets which consists of barley, oats, alfalfa hay and many other types of grains. If you want though, you can increase the variety, but not before you consult with an expert in rabbit nutrition and see what he recommends you. At the end of the day, it’s not that important what foods you choose to feed your rabbits, but whatever you choose, it needs to be of the highest quality. Don’t forget to ensure your rabbits have fresh water available at all times, because in the end, you will eat what they eat.
Breeding rabbits in order to survive in times of food shortages and crisis is a very good idea, but you need to be well prepared when you’ve decided to take this step. Take advice from expert breeders, buy only quality food and ensure your rabbits are comfortable in the enclosures you keep them in. As for the routines you need to consider for long term breeding, you can Click Here To Learn More about them.
How Do You Get Started Raising Rabbits for Food?
You don’t need to spend a lot of money…
We usually begin with a small area in our backyard.
If you want to learn how to breed rabbits until they are perfectly ready to be eaten…check out our report: The Ultimate Guide To Raising Rabbits For Food