Benefits to raising meat goats
Goats eat what cattle and sheep do not.
Breeding meat rabbits can’t be that hard, right? I mean, they are rabbits! That was me, just a few years ago when we started our meat rabbit journey. Breeding meat rabbits isn’t hard; but there are a few general tips I can offer for success and a strong herd. Ultimately we want to strive healthy breeding stock that produces good litters that grow.
Before we can even think about breeding our rabbits we must have a good foundation stock. If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend starting with a trio (2 does and 1 buck). I learned, the hard way, that breeders don’t generally sell a doe that is producing well. If you find someone selling an adult doe – go in with caution. Why would they be getting rid of her? An adult buck is more reasonable because you need fewer males to females; but a good doe is worth her weight in gold.
If you are just getting started I recommend you read my article Getting Started with Meat Rabbits.
So you are ready to start raising chicks? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve created a simple guide to raising chicks to get you started.
Our family loves raising chicks. I mean who can resist the small puffs of cuteness? I remember when we got out first 6 chicks; I felt completely unprepared. I had researched sure, but everything was either super complicated or lacking information. So I decided that I would share what we’ve learned first hand and make it a simple guide to raising chicks.
Chicks don’t stay little for long. So the first thing to know when raising chicks is that you’ll need their outdoor coop and run ready ASAP.
So you’re thinking about raising quail on your homestead. Awesome – they are a great addition to any homestead. They are especially great for those who don’t have a lot of space for other types of poultry. I’m going give you the nitty gritty basics on raising quail.
So maybe you’ve heard about quail but you aren’t convinced. Let me share my top 10 reasons to start raising quail on your homestead:
How about that for starters? Now let’s go over what you’re going to need to get started….
Rabbits in Colonies or Cages? That’s the question! There are pros and cons to both methods. Today I welcome Maat from Frugal Chicken – she’s going to share her personal experience in raising meat rabbits in colonies versus cages.
When it comes to keeping homestead rabbits, you have some choices regarding housing. Namely, you can either choose to keep your rabbits separate or you can keep them together, in colonies. Each has their advantages and disadvantages.
On our farm, we’ve kept rabbits both in colonies and cages, and although the colonies had their advantages, we found that cages worked better for us. Safety of all our animals is paramount, from the tiniest kit on up, and through trial and error, I found that the easiest way to avoid bloody ears and missed pregnancies was by strictly controlling their environment.
For full disclosure, we currently keep two does in the same large cage together who grew up together. In a separate cage, we keep two bucks who also grew up together, but still find keeping the remaining rabbits in separate living quarters is advantageous.
Over the winter, we are rebuilding housing for them so these two pairs of rabbits can have individual homes….