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Keeping Meat Rabbits

Rabbits do not require a lot of room and are quiet- perfect as urban livestock

Rabbits do not require a lot of room and are quiet- perfect as urban livestock

Rabbits are great for a self supporting family. They can be fed on weeds and they make excellent meals. That’s if you can’t bring yourself to eat ‘bugs’! They are useful for eating kitchen scraps and keeping the grass down.

Rabbits breed like rabbits! Purebred baby rabbits can be sold at pet shop’s for a good profit. The Angora rabbit can be shawn and the fleece sold to home craft suppliers.

The best method of keeping them is in a moveable run so they have access to fresh grass daily. Rabbits can stand the cold but not the wet and they don’t tolerate excessive heat in summer. Supplement greens with rabbit nuts or any ground grain. Their dropping’s can be raked up and used in the garden. Put all their straw litter and droppings straight on to the garden as an instant boost to the vegetable garden.

An interesting and important fact, rabbits are unable to fart, so feeding large amounts of cabbage can be deadly!

Rabbits make good pets

Rabbits make good pets

If the rabbit is a pet it is recommended to vaccinate against Calicivirus. A vet will do this at around eight weeks and it costs around $30 for yearly vaccinations. Pet rabbits require lots of gentle handling to become tame. They can be house trained, much like cats, by using a litter tray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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