Breeding Rabbits to Supplement Your Food Storage

breeding rabbitsI recently had a conversation about breeding rabbits for food after TEOTWAWKI.  The gentleman I was talking with was somewhat skeptical about breeding rabbits for meat, because he had heard about rabbit starvation.  Now rabbit starvation is a condition that occurs from a lack of fat.  People eating only wild rabbits and no other foods have been known to stave from the lack of fat.  Now these are wild rabbits, not the fat lazy ones you are raising.  Yours have fat inside their bodies and in their organ meat.  Plus you should be eating other foods.

Rabbits are a good source of protein for the prepper.  Starting with one buck and 3 or 4 does, you can raise enough meat to feed a small family for the year.  You will need to clean  cages, and gather grass and weeds for them.  But they are among the easiest animals to raise and butcher.

The best three breeds for meat that I have encountered are the Californian, New Zealand, and the American Chinchilla.  Now I know there are other breeds that may be as good or better.  So if you are considering breeding rabbits, talk to a local breeder and see what grows well in your area.

13 reasons for breeding rabbits

  1. Rabbits take up very little room; They can be easily hidden in a outbuilding or behind a fence.
  2. Rabbits are quiet
  3. Rabbits can be butchered as needed; you can use the meat in one day so there is no problem with spoilage.
  4. Rabbits sexually mature at about 5 to 6 months.
  5. One buck can breed up to 10 does.
  6. Each doe can produce up to 45 to 50 kits per year. At 3 lbs of dressed out meat each, they can produce up to 150 lbs of meat in a year.
  7. Rabbits have a very short gestation period of 31 days and can be bred 2 weeks after giving birth.
  8. Rabbit manure is good fertilizer.
  9. Rabbits are herbivores and can eat plants that you could not. They won’t compete with you for food.
  10. Rabbits can be raised in many different climates. Talk to a local breeder to see which breeds are best for your area.
  11. Rabbit fur is great for making hats, mittens, blankets, coats etc!
  12. Rabbit is delicious and can be cooked in many different ways, such as frying, baking, roasting, smoking it, and more.
  13. Cages can be made with easily available materials, here a link to 12 Free Rabbit Hutch Plans and Designs  

To sum it up breeding rabbits is easy, economical and can be done in a small area.  It is a good meat source for preppers.

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6 Responses to Breeding Rabbits to Supplement Your Food Storage

  1. Taxedn2poverty says:

    Agree with each item in your article, but would like to add that rabbit manure is the absolute best we have ever used, and is not considered a ‘hot’ manure since it can be used immediately after the rabbit deposits it. This negates the need to allow the stuff to sit for a few months as is necessary when using the manure of other farm animals. thanks for your article.

  2. GardenNut says:

    Rabbit fur can be used for making many things, however most people who raise rabbits for food slaughter at an early age. The younger the rabbit the thinner the skin. Thin skin is more useful for smaller projects. You can use it to line things, make a hat, or make earmuffs, however you should not use young rabbit fur for something as heavy duty as a coat. Adult rabbit fur is far superior in its ability to handle stress for larger projects.

  3. Raising rabbits is so easy that kids can do it. At the start of WWII my dad built some hutches, bought the rabbits & feed, and put me in charge of feeding, butchering, breeding, and caring for the rabbits. All my mother had to do was to cook them. I was 10 years old at the time. They provided lots of meat for our family of 9 for a few years until the war was over and dad put me to work doing other things. We used the manure in our backyard “victory garden” that was adjacent to the hutches. We lived in a little town with small lots. Our neighbors never complained of noise, smell, or any fly problem. Twenty years later I had my own kids do the same thing.

    Hangtown Frank

  4. Gail Michalek says:

    I have been using French Angoras for all the things. I also spin the wool to make sweaters and socks etc. I try to have all my things have three purposes. wool ,manure,meat

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