Getting started with meat rabbits! Meat rabbits are a wonderful livestock to own. Easy and budget friendly; rabbits may be the perfect backyard homestead livestock. Today I’d like to give you an intro into meat rabbits…a meat rabbits 101. Rabbits are a nearly perfect small livestock.
Getting Started with Meat Rabbits
Why Meat Rabbits?
Getting started with meat rabbits is budget friendly. You can start with a trio (2 does and 1 buck) and 3 single cages or a 3-tier cage system. This trio can keep your freezer filled all year long.
- Neighbor Friendly
Rabbits make nearly zero noise; especially happy rabbits that have clean food, water and den. Your HOA will never know you’re raising a meat source unless you tell them!
- Easy to Care For
Rabbits need very little maintenance. Keep their dwelling clean, plenty of water, food and some chewing wood; they are pretty content.
Meat Rabbits – How Many?
One of the great things about rabbits is that the are prolific breeders. So you need to ask yourself how much rabbit do you want to eat each week and how many people will you be feeding. A breeding trio with 2 does and 1 buck can produce up to 600 pounds of processed meat every year. Now you don’t have to breed them this heavily if you don’t want that much rabbit in your freezer but I wouldn’t recommend having less than a trio as a starter rabbitry.
But before you run off and get more, consider how much time do you want to take cleaning out cages, feeding and watering your rabbits. A trio is relatively easy but the more rabbits…the more work….