Prepping Food – Pros and Cons of Raising Meat Rabbits
Raising rabbits for their meat is not new, as there are many who have already been doing it for years in other parts of the world. Raising meat rabbits has helped so many families achieve better health and food security. As a result this trend has recently begun gaining a great deal of interest – here in the United States.
Raising meat rabbits can be a highly reliable way to consistently eat healthy and protein rich meals – on a regular basis. It is also a viable prepping option that can go a long way in either urban survival or more general emergency food relief situations. However, before you decide to take the plunge into starting your own meat rabbit farm, there are some things that you should know. One needs to be aware of the the pros and cons of raising rabbits for meat.
The Pros of Starting Your Own Meat Rabbit Farm
- Rabbits can adapt to both rural and urban living. The urban survival rate of a rabbit is very high which makes raising rabbits in urban areas somewhat easier than raising other livestock animals such as chicken, cattle, pigs or geese.
- Starting your own rabbitry does not necessarily require a huge sum of money. In fact, many have started their own meat rabbit ventures with just a single pair of rabbits.
- Compared to other forms of livestock, rabbit maintenance is a lot simpler. Rabbits do not have special requirements for food as they can eat any green leafy vegetables or even pastures.
- Rabbits multiply quickly. It is fairly easy to raise and grow rabbits, as it is in their nature to breed and multiply.. Starting with just a couple of these hares, you may be surprised to see their numbers grow in a year or two.
- Rabbit meat is lower in cholesterol than most of the meat products. This makes rabbit meat the ultimate super food.
The Cons of Starting Your Own Meat Rabbit Farm
- Most people consider rabbits as a domesticated animal. Encouraging them to eat rabbit meat can be very challenging as most people see rabbits more of a pet than of a food.
- Producing rabbit meat for sale can sometimes be more costly than buying other meat products in the market.
- Animal doctors that specialize in rabbit care are very rare. So getting help can sometimes be a challenge. It can also be costly to pay a vet when your rabbits get sick, which does happens along the course of a rabbit’s life.
- Weather changes may affect rabbits easily. Rabbits are sensitive to heat and long bouts of hot and dry weather, which can make them uncomfortable. Cold weather can also be harmful to your rabbits. This is especially true if you do not have a secure habitat such as a weather proof hutch to keep them safe and comfortable during this season.
Whether you see raising meat rabbits as a form of survival readiness or whether you’re just looking for a healthy meat alternative, it is still important to be aware of the pluses and minuses involved with raising meat rabbits. Before you get started try to learn more about the ins and outs of raising meat rabbits. Do your homework. Talk to other growers and find out as much information as you can. Try visiting the rabbit breeding section of our site.
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