Raising Rabbits for Meat: Everything You Need to Know, from Best Meat Rabbits to Best Food for Rabbits and Other Facts About Rabbits
Get all the facts about rabbits in this FREE guide
OK, so you’ve been wondering about raising your own meat…but you don’t have room for beef…or you don’t want to butcher a large animal like a pig … or you want to branch out from the livestock you already have.
Whatever your reason for investigating raising rabbits for meat, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here at Countryside Network, we’re small stock experts, and we love our rabbits! In fact, we’re so dedicated to rabbits, we’ve written a complete guide for beginners – from A to Z – and we’re giving it away FREE.
This is the ultimate beginner’s guide to raising rabbits for meat! Countryside Network publishes Countryside & Small Stock Journal , so you know we’ve got expertise you can rely on. Plus, we know exactly what questions you have, and we answer them all in this free guide!
Starting from scratch with raising rabbits for meat
This guide is written in straightforward language – no jargon! Plus, it delivers all of the basics. We wrote Raising Rabbits for Meat: Everything You Need to Know, from Best Meat Rabbits to Best Food for Rabbits and Other Facts About Rabbits to help you …
- Learn the ins and outs of raising rabbits for meat
- Discover how to raise rabbits that are happy, healthy, productive and fun
- Fill your freezer with the fruits of your labors
- Choose the best rabbits for your needs and preferences, whatever they are
- Become an expert on raising rabbits for meat, no matter what your level of previous experience
In short, the first step to becoming a rabbit expert is to download this FREE handbook right now!
Let’s start at the beginning: Which is the best breed to get started raising rabbits for meat? This guide explains the advantages of small, medium and large breeds and how efficiently they convert feed into meat. You get tips for deciding on the breed that’s right for you, and on selecting your rabbits when you’re ready to buy.
Of course, you’ll also want to know what kind of housing works best for rabbits, so we cover that in detail. Because our writers are rabbit experts, you get tricks and tips you won’t find in just any guide to raising rabbits. For instance, we’ve got exactly the advice you need on how to construct hutches – rabbits enjoy chewing on wood, which is another reason to go with metal cages!
Then there’s feeding – it’s much more complicated than you would expect! The homesteader may well come out ahead financially if he grows his own grains and forages rather than paying the going price for commercial rabbit feed. A ration of free choice hay and salt along with limited amounts of rolled oats, barley or corn should be a satisfactory diet for homestead rabbits. While this diet could be a little low in protein, take our advice and solve that problem by adding soybean meal to the grain. The soybeans will also provide calcium and trace elements.
In other words, you don’t have to experiment with a single thing – just read this free guide on raising rabbits for meat and get everything right the first time!
Just the right amount of information about raising rabbits for meat
If you’re searching the Internet for resources on raising rabbits for meat, you’ve probably noticed that there’s almost too much information out there. Different suggestions for hutch design, theories about what amount to feed young rabbits, and vague generalities about including greens in their diet.
This guide is different: We separate the good from the bad, ignore the in-between and give it to you straight. For instance, there are numerous theories on housing, but this guide sticks with one: Homesteaders will be better off with all-wire cages. Give meat rabbits a space of 36 X 30 inches, 18 inches high. Use 14 or 16 gauge galvanized wire mesh with 1 X 2 inch spacing for the cage top and sides. Use 1/2 X 1 inch wire for the floor, facing up so the rabbits can walk on it. Wire flooring is much easier to keep clean, and the 1/2 X 1 inch spacing is just large enough to allow rabbit droppings to fall through to the ground below.
One day you might be comfortable experimenting on your own, but there’s no need to when you’re a beginner, if you read our guide!
Just to make sure you’ve got the picture, here’s exactly what the guide teaches you, all in that same practical, specific language:
- Choosing & buying
- Treating diseases
- Tanning hides
You get 6 complete food ration formulas for pregnant does, dry does, bucks or young rabbits. You get recommendations on feeders, waterers, and nesting boxes, a glossary of all the diseases that may be encountered when raising rabbits for meat, and step-by-step instructions for butchering.
In other words – why wouldn’t you read this free guide before you get started raising rabbits for meat?
Complete confidence in raising rabbits for meat in 15 pages
Yep, that’s exactly what we want to give you with this free guide: Complete confidence. It will only take you 30 minutes or so to read it, but it will give you all the basics and then some, saving you time, money and aggravation down the road. Even if you’ve never owned any kind of small stock before, you’ll be completely prepared, ready to tackle this new adventure – and actually enjoy it, instead of losing sleep over it!
For instance, many people new to raising rabbits for meat would see dark reddish-brown wax or scabs in the ear and panic. Relax: Ear mites are a common issue. The easiest way to treat the problem is to carefully saturate scabs and the inside of the ear with mineral oil, baby oil or some other mild oil. Mites breathe through pores in the side of their bodies, and the oil will suffocate them. And that’s it! No worries.
Then there’s the tricky question of knowing how to keep your caged rabbits groomed. This can be tough on the new rabbit owner. Nail clipping may seem like a perilous task if you have skittish rabbits, but there are some ways to avoid scratched arms. Begin by wearing a heavy, long-sleeve jacket or shirt. Then engage in “rabbit hypnosis.”:
Turn your rabbit over on its back, either on a table or carefully cradled on your lap. Gently stroke the animal’s chest and abdomen. Stroke only with the lay of the fur. Also gently massage the head around the temple while simultaneously talking to the rabbit in a low monotone. The animal will begin to breathe deeply and will lie quietly with its eyes partially closed. Get your dog nail clippers out and trim the tips of the rabbit’s nails. Be careful not to cut into the rabbit’s veins, or the animal will bleed and suffer some pain. On your first attempt, you might want to play it safe and clip just the very tips of the nails until the job becomes more familiar and you learn to see the location of the vein.
As you can see, we’ve removed most of the obstacles you might perceive in raising rabbits for meat, just by writing this guide! We want you to enjoy rabbits, not just suffer through it.
So why not download the free guide right now, and start planning your rabbit venture immediately? Once you see all the steps to take and how to execute them, it will start to seem much less challenging than you might have thought. Delicious, healthful meat, companionship, quick breeding – what’s not to love about rabbits? Read the guide right now!
Yours for happy, healthy, productive rabbits,
for Countryside Network
PS: Don’t overlook rabbit manure as a valuable resource for your garden. It is great for composting and easy to work with. Rabbit manure is so mild that it won’t burn your plants when placed directly on the soil. Find out more about the basics of raising rabbits for meat in this FREE guide!
PPS: Remember, this useful guide is absolutely FREE and instantly downloadable. There’s no need to wait to get this expert, hands-on advice from Countryside Network!