CROSSROADS RABBITRY is a large commercial rabbitry. The production farm specializes in raising New Zealand White Rabbits. We are licensed by the USDA to raise, sell and transport rabbits. We do no do any butchering or processing. The commercial rabbitry is nestled on 100 acres in the foothills of the Cheaha and Kentuck Mountains in Heflin, Alabama. We raise New Zealand White Rabbits for meat production and research. Our breeder stock is selected for fast growth and heavy weaning weights. New Zealand White Rabbits, in our personal opinion, are just better commercial producers.
It is our goal to bring you the highest quality of rabbits. Our rabbits are humanely grown in a low stress environment, without the use of any drugs, antibiotics, hormones, or artificial growth stimulants. They are fed an all natural feed of the highest quality with no animal byproducts. Having a healthy herd, we never have to use any chemical medications.
Our rabbits are bred and raised on a commercial level. They are not bred for show. Our rabbits are sold to other growers, universities, research facilities, diagnostic centers, pet stores and commercial meat processors. We do not sell any rabbit meat to the public at Crossroads Rabbitry.
When we started, we made a lot of calls and visited a lot of rabbitries. We would like to give a personal thanks to Doug and Tracy who both own rabbitries in Cullman, Alabama. From the beginning, it was said by them “What works for us may not work for you; find the best solutions that suit you and your rabbits!” Most breeders can relate to this statement. We’re not going to pretend to have all the answers or solutions in rabbit farming. We’ll just try to describe how we do certain things and what works best for us. This doesn’t necessarily mean that our way of doing things or thinking will be the best solutions for you.
We purchased our original breeding stock from four rabbitries; the Yoder Rabbitry in Kentucky and a widely known rabbitry in Tennessee, as they came highly recommended for their New Zealand White stock. Wanting some genetic diversity, we also purchased NZW stock from Doug and Tracy thus giving us four different lines to breed and to compare.
After visiting many other rabbitries, we were very impressed with the Yoder family operation. The cleanliness of their rabbitry and overall health of their rabbits helped us make our decision. We have been very pleased with the results from the Yoder stock.
The Yoder family has also been very helpful in any questions we have had, so we would like to say thank you to them. The NZW stock purchased from Doug and Tracy have also produced good results. The stock from the Tennessee rabbitry, however, did not meet our expectations and most of this stock has been replaced. We also purchased some Altex stock from this rabbitry to experiment with faster grow-out but have also been unhappy with the results. If Altex stock is ever purchased, do your homework. Make sure they are the pure Altex breed and not a cross between NZW and California rabbits.
Many of our best does have 15-16 kits per litter but our average litter size is around 9. Our record is 18 babies on more than one occasion. A 9 kit average should be a sufficient goal for anyone. Any higher average and you’ll just have problems fostering the kits out and your mortality rate will be higher. There is no need to have over-sized litters if they can’t be cared for.
Our future breeding stock at Crossroads Rabbitry is selected and determined by examining thorough records on each rabbit’s productivity over the course of two years. We only hold back stock from our does if: they give birth to 10 or more kits on their first litter, average 8-9 kits per litter for their first year, have good mothering instincts, have good milk production, make well developed nests, raise out high percentages and if they breed easily.
When selecting our breeding stock we also look for certain physical characteristics that may help with heat tolerance and birthing. We look for long or large ears, as most of a rabbit’s heat is released through its ears. We also look for long bodied does as there is more room for growing kits. Our goal is for the kits to reach a weight of 5 lbs. in 8-10 weeks of age.
Our breeding management regime involves a 14-day breed-back system that allows for 8 litters per year. We practice a semi-intensive rate of production where our does are serviced 10 to 20 days after kindling and the young are weaned at 4 to 5 weeks. Here at Crossroads Rabbitry, we always have quality bucks and does for sale; ages 5 weeks to 6 months old. We are able to fill large orders year-around.
PLEASE NOTE: In order for us to provide healthy and disease free New Zealand White rabbits, we maintain a CLOSED RABBITRY. Potential buyers will, however, be able to view enough of the building’s interior to observe the rabbits and the conditions they live under. We’re sorry, but no outside rabbits, dogs or cats may be brought onto the property. Thank you for understanding.
THANK YOU for visiting the Crossroads Rabbitry web site; home of Quality New Zealand White Rabbits.