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We have raised rabbits for several years if anyone has questions. A few things worth mentioning: They are a good source of predictable, reliable meat. They are induced ovulators, so you can breed them whenever you are ready. They are pregnant for about 30 days. Each litter is about 8 kits. They are good mothers. We slaughter ours at 14 weeks, hanging weight is typically 4lb. So 8 kits x 4lb = 32lbs of meat (potentially) every 3 1/2 months. They don’t take much space, you could raise them in the suburbs (that’s where we started). They are relatively easy to slaughter, I had never slaughtered anything before and a friend taught me then I YouTube’d it. We don’t waste any part of the rabbit. We like and eat the meat (we haven’t bought chicken from the store in years). We use the bones for broth. We freeze the head for dog treats (they do love them). We dehydrate the skins, ears, and feet (in the oven at 170 degrees) for dog treats. The offal goes to the chickens and/or pigs. The blood is mixed with water and added to the gardens. There are some hassles too: You can’t leave them for much more than 48 hours. They are cute, and though stupid and without a lot of personality to endear themselves, the cuteness factor is a thing. They don’t always “breed like rabbits”. We’ve had more struggles breeding them than we would have thought, though when they do it, it’s fast. They don’t deal well with heat.


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We have raised rabbits for several years if anyone has questions. A few things worth mentioning: They are a good source of predictable, reliable meat. They are induced ovulators, so you can breed them whenever you are ready. They are pregnant for about 30 days. Each litter is about 8 kits. They are good mothers. We slaughter ours at 14 weeks, hanging weight is typically 4lb. So 8 kits x 4lb = 32lbs of meat (potentially) every 3 1/2 months. They don’t take much space, you could raise them in the suburbs (that’s where we started). They are relatively easy to slaughter, I had never slaughtered anything before and a friend taught me then I YouTube’d it. We don’t waste any part of the rabbit. We like and eat the meat (we haven’t bought chicken from the store in years). We use the bones for broth. We freeze the head for dog treats (they do love them). We dehydrate the skins, ears, and feet (in the oven at 170 degrees) for dog treats. The offal goes to the chickens and/or pigs. The blood is mixed with water and added to the gardens. There are some hassles too: You can’t leave them for much more than 48 hours. They are cute, and though stupid and without a lot of personality to endear themselves, the cuteness factor is a thing. They don’t always “breed like rabbits”. We’ve had more struggles breeding them than we would have thought, though when they do it, it’s fast. They don’t deal well with heat.


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