Thursday, January 29, 2009

Q: Why Rabbits?

A: The most common backyard meat production choices are chickens, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. Why I chose to go with the rabbits…
1) They give an excellent return for the amount of feed and labor invested. The litters from just one doe(female rabbit) weighing 10 lbs can yield up to 320 pounds of meat a year in colony style breeding. This is more than a cow and it takes 2 acres of land to raise a cow.
2) The rate of a kits(baby rabbits) growth is very fast, after 8 weeks they’re ready to hit
the frying pan.
3) They don’t need a lot of space.
4) Nutritional Value (see the Nutritional Info posted)
5) They are considered pets so you won’t need a permit and if you’re in the city the neighbors won’t be upset about the little farm you have accumulating.

6) Rabbit meat is seasonal any month of the year.
7) They are quite.
8) Don’t forget about the cuteness and how soft they are.


  1. Don't forget that Rabbits also have a lovely return in other goods.
    You can tan and use the pelts for clothing, blankets, or trade for other supplies.
    You can dehydrate the ears and give them to your dog. The poo can be directly added to a vegetable garden, or used in a worm composting bin which will not only turn it to compost but you will have a ready supply of fish bait!:) You could even go as far as setting something up with a local bait shop and sell them your worms!:)

  2. Who would prepare the rabbit for the spit. I think I could not do that. or

  3. I live in the Chicago area. Where is a good place to buy rabbit meat. Or have it prepared already (served in restaurant) Lisa