You may have been considering raising chickens, geese, ducks, goats, sheep, or other small livestock for meat, but once you learn how easy it is to raise rabbits, you will never consider another animal as your primary source of meat.
Rabbits have an extremely high reproductive rate.
A healthy, mature doe can produce up to 1000% of its body weight each year. Having just one female and one male can provide meat twice a week for a family of four.
Rabbits need very little space to live.
Whether you live in a condo or in the country, you can always find room to raise a couple of rabbits. No grazing is required and they are rarely classified as livestock, allowing you to keep them virtually anywhere. How many apartment complexes would allow you to have a chicken or a goat in them?
Rabbits are low maintenance.
Check them every night to feed, drink and do quick health checks, clean their cages once a month, and keep a simple breeding journal – that’s all you need to do! The females take care of the young themselves and the only special tools you will need are nest boxes that you can even build yourself. No incubators or manual feeding required.
Rabbits are practically silent roommates.
Aside from the mating squeal, rabbits are extremely quiet animals. They will not reveal your location to anyone, even if you are traveling with them. Who knows what a chicken, goose, or duck is likely to attract, not to mention a rooster. If outdoor cages are well hidden and clean, neighbors may not even know they are there.
A little rabbit food goes a long way.
When rabbits are being weaned (6 to 8 weeks old), they are large enough for consumption. This allows you to skip feeding most rabbits while gradually eliminating the young, leaving only the adults to consume the expensive rabbit food.
Rabbits are the perfect size food for a family of four.
Rabbits are compact and are usually killed to the “size of a deep fryer” (3-5 pounds), so you don’t have to worry about storing or eating leftovers.
Rabbit manure will make your garden love you.
Rabbit manure is an excellent fertilizer for your garden that will not burn the plants. Also, if you do vermicomposting, your worms can be fed on the droppings, which will make them love you too.
Rabbit meat is very rich in protein and extremely low in fat and cholesterol.
Very few other meats have nutritional values like rabbits, and none of them can be raised in your living room. In fact, doctors are known to prescribe rabbit meat diets to overweight patients.
Rabbit fur will make an incredibly warm coat and makes a great trade-in item.
On a cold winter night, snuggling into a rabbit fur blanket will keep your family warm long after the fire goes out. You can also make hats or other accessories, and children love to have a lucky rabbit’s foot.
Rabbits are relatively easy to kill and clean.
Nobody likes to do it, but if you are going to eat them, eventually the day will come. Someone with experience can get a rabbit from the cage to the freezer in 15 minutes or less. There is no need to wax and there is very little cleaning.