Rabbit Breeding

The Rabbit Farming Renaissance

Pastured meat rabbits at Polyface Farm in Virg...

Pastured meat rabbits at Polyface Farm in Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not since WWII have so many Americans turned to rabbits as a viable, environmental friendly food source.  And, why not?  The nutritional attributes of rabbit meat far surpass all of the usual suspects– which include beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, and veal.  The environmental footprint of raising rabbits is minuscule compared to the rest of the pack as well.

For contemporary consumers, the moral implications of eating meat show that it is easier to provide a rabbit with a good and dignified life compared to any other systems such as the feed nightmares that you hear of many other animals enduring.  Let’s look at some facts about rabbits.

The Nutritional Value of Rabbit Meat

Nutritionally, rabbits win that race every time when compared to other meats. One ounce of rabbit meat contains less calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, and carbohydrates.  On the big ticket item of protein, rabbit weighs in at a whopping 9 grams per ounce, while its closest competitor, chicken, posts 7 grams per ounce.  Rabbit has a couple of other uniquely appealing tricks up its nutritional sleeve in the way of minerals with an abundance of B-3, B-12, selenium, and phosphorus.

How Often Should Bucks Be Used?

The Babies Are Here

Babies Are Here

If you ask 10 different growers how often they use their bucks you’ll probably get 10 different answers.  Regardless of the use, It is very important that the stud buck be given the best care and treatment available.  A breeding buck is the most important animal in your rabbitry.  A strong vigorous mature buck can be used numerous times a week for up to four weeks. 

Before Breeding Your Rabbits

Rabbits Mating - Crossroads Rabbitry

Before breeding your rabbits, it’s best to always do a pre-breeding inspection. Look over both rabbits to make sure they are in good condition. The doe should always be taken to the buck’s cage. Stay beside the cage and pay attention, as it can happen quickly. Should the doe run about the cage, simply hold your hand in front of her face to prevent her from running.  Sometimes this is all that is necessary.

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