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Processing Rabbits #7152351
01/24/21 02:15 PM
01/24/21 02:15 PM
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So. IL
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I sold most of the litters for breeders and a few pets, so I didn't have that many to butcher. I had a buyer lined up for the pelts, but they backed out. Time for some rabbit and dumplings!
Some Prime young rex rabbits
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5 rex (2 castors, 3 white) and 1 NZW
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They fill the pot nicely.
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Ready for pickup.
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Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7152360
01/24/21 02:26 PM
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Yum, rabbit is delicious. I am curious about raising them. Did chickens and the wife hated them, too loud and smelly. How often are domestic rabbits bred, what is avg litter size, and how long to butcher size?

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7152387
01/24/21 02:42 PM
01/24/21 02:42 PM
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I was raising New Zealand Whites (NZW) for years for strictly meat rabbits. I don't care what people say/read, getting a NZW to hit target weight 5# in 8 weeks is darn near impossible. I have selectively bred my NZWs for large litters and quick grow outs. Mine hit target weight on average 9 weeks 3 days. Rex grow out a bit slower, taking 12 weeks to hit weight. However, they sell better for pets, service animals, etc. I prefer litters of 8 or more, and breed heavily toward large litters. I have one rex doe that consistently throws 12-14 kits. I shoot for 4 litters per year from each doe. 2 in the spring and 2 in the fall. I do not breed over the summer as So. IL gets to 100* with 100% humidity for 4 months. I'm switching over to an all Rex herd. Yes, they take 2.5 extra weeks to grow out. But, the sell so much better on the pet market. I butcher what doesn't sell.

I still raise a couple hundred meat chickens a year. Each have their place on my farm. The rabbits are quiet, and they produce awesome fertilizer.

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7152413
01/24/21 03:13 PM
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Beautiful pelts^^^


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Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153042
01/24/21 09:29 PM
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Nice, used to have hundreds when the kids were younger.
Ate a LOT of culls.
Sold a lot to " snake people" too.
They just wanted them dead then frozen!

How are those wrapped, look great!

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153356
01/25/21 01:09 AM
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heat shrink bags.

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153391
01/25/21 04:16 AM
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Just got a few breeders last fall looking forward to some fine eatin here soon wink

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153400
01/25/21 05:57 AM
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they look great , smile

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153431
01/25/21 07:38 AM
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Nice! I'm getting some to breed in the spring, I was planning on nzw but now im thinking I should look at the rex. Any chance we could get a picture of you hutch set up?

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153477
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Interesting. Thanks


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Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153484
01/25/21 08:45 AM
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Thanks for answer my questions. Hopefully I can get my landscape work done early enough this year to put up a hutch and finally get some rabbits.

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153489
01/25/21 08:49 AM
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Was into the Standard Rex for quite a while. Just got more then we could consume and not many buyers around here. Went to Coturnix Quail and they sold for a year then that market dried up. So to freezer camp most went. A "friend" brought me 5 New Zealand Red' another breeder introduced me to Silkies which grow large and fast also. So back to a meat heard now. Nice crosses that have great pelts ...still have a buyer for them....and the meat is starting to sell again. Got 3 pens of quail breeders and egg layers, and a grow out container that usually has 16 in it. the rest of the cages have rabbits too many males that are ready now for freezer camp and breeding will start up again.

Re: Processing Rabbits [Re: pintail_drake04] #7153726
01/25/21 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by pintail_drake04
I was raising New Zealand Whites (NZW) for years for strictly meat rabbits. I don't care what people say/read, getting a NZW to hit target weight 5# in 8 weeks is darn near impossible. I have selectively bred my NZWs for large litters and quick grow outs. Mine hit target weight on average 9 weeks 3 days. Rex grow out a bit slower, taking 12 weeks to hit weight. However, they sell better for pets, service animals, etc. I prefer litters of 8 or more, and breed heavily toward large litters. I have one rex doe that consistently throws 12-14 kits. I shoot for 4 litters per year from each doe. 2 in the spring and 2 in the fall. I do not breed over the summer as So. IL gets to 100* with 100% humidity for 4 months. I'm switching over to an all Rex herd. Yes, they take 2.5 extra weeks to grow out. But, the sell so much better on the pet market. I butcher what doesn't sell.

I still raise a couple hundred meat chickens a year. Each have their place on my farm. The rabbits are quiet, and they produce awesome fertilizer.


Sent you a pm, would like to buy some butchered rabbits, thanks


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