Backyard Breeding

No living creature deserves being housed in crammed cages, filth, or neglect 

“Back Yard” breeding operations are most often Individuals looking to make a quick profit off the breeding and selling of rabbits. These animals are typically housed in small cages containing too many animals to reside in such a small place. Back Yard Breeders often (rather quickly) come to the realization that selling rabbits is not an extremely profitable business, but by this time the situation has often already spiraled out of control.

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Top 10 Reasons to Raise Rabbits For Meat Instead of Other Small Livestock

 

You may have been considering raising chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep or other small livestock for meat, but once you learn how easy it is to raise rabbits, you’ll never consider another animal for a primary meat source.

    1. Rabbits have an extremely high reproduction rate. One healthy, mature doe can produce up to 1000% of her body weight every year. Owning just one female and one male can supply meat twice a week for a family of four.
    2. Rabbits need very little living space. Whether you’re living in a condo or out in the country, you can always find space to raise a couple rabbits. No grazing is required and they’re rarely classified as livestock which allows you to keep them virtually anywhere. How many apartment complexes would let you keep a chicken or goat in them?
    3. Rabbits are low maintenance. Check in on them every evening to feed, water and do quick health checks, clean their cages once a month and keep a simple breeding journal – that’s all you need to do! Females take care of the young themselves and the only special tools you’ll need are nesting boxes which you can even build yourself. No incubators or hand feeding required.
    4. Rabbits are virtually silent roommates. Aside from the mating shriek, rabbits are extremely quiet animals. They won’t reveal your location to anyone, even if you’re traveling with them. Who knows what a chicken, goose or duck is likely to attract, not to mention a rooster. If outdoor cages are well hidden and clean, neighbors may not even know they are there.
    5. A little rabbit feed goes a long way.  When bunnies are being weaned (6-8 weeks old), they are large enough for consumption. This allows you to skip giving most of the bunnies feed as you gradually cull the young, leaving only the adults to consume expensive rabbit feed.
    6. Rabbits are the perfect sized meal for a family of four. Rabbits are compact and usually butchered at “fryer size” (3-5 pounds), so you don’t have to worry about storing or eating leftovers.
    7. Rabbit manure will make your garden love you. Rabbit manure is an excellent fertilizer for your garden that won’t burn plants. Plus, if you vermicompost, your worms can be fed the droppings which will make them love you too.
    8. Rabbit meat is very high in protein and extremely low in fat and cholesterol. Very few other meats have nutritional values like rabbits, and none of them can be raised in your living room. Doctors have actually been known to prescribe rabbit meat diets to overweight patients.
    9. Rabbit fur will make an incredibly warm coat and is a great bartering item. On a cold winter’s night, snuggling into a blanket made from rabbit pelts will keep your family warm long after the fire has gone out. You can also make hats or other accessories, and kids love getting a lucky rabbit’s foot.
    10. Rabbits are relatively easy to butcher and clean. No one likes doing it but if you’re going to eat them, they day will come eventually. Someone with experience can take a rabbit from cage to freezer in 15 minutes or less. No plucking is needed and there’s very little cleanup.

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Only a basic understanding of rabbit raising practices is needed.

 Rabbits are well-suited for both country and suburban areas. Since they are not considered livestock by many governmental agencies, they are permitted where other animals would not. It is still a good idea to check with local zoning authorities to determine if rabbits are allowed before making many plans. Rabbits make very little noise, making them better for suburbia than goats, chickens, squabs, turkeys, geese, or ducks. In fact, if odor and flies are kept to a minimum, and the cages are well hidden by vegetation (a good idea anyway to protect them from the elements) it is possible that neighbors might not even know rabbits are in the yard.

If high production is not a goal, they can be fed kitchen scraps and forage food.

Rabbits might not be the best choice if one desires to make substantial money from selling the meat. It can be fairly difficult to find a market for rabbit meat. Individuals are permitted to process their own meat for their own use, but maybe not for anyone else (check regulations). Some folks can get around this problem by selling the fryer live and butcher the animal as a free service.

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