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  • Skyowl's Wife
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    I would love a steady source of meat, but living in town, can't have a cow. Enjoyed your post on beef cattle, too.

    If I'm putting it in soup, people can't tell what kind of meat it is, anyway!

    We considered guinea pigs as a meat source, but they eat a lot and are too darned cute to kill. Rabbits. Hmmm. I have a side of the house that is not very useful next to a block wall....

    If you take a 4-5 pound rabbit, and clean it, how much meat do you get?

    Must talk to SkyOwl.

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  • Bobbie
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    if all you eat is rabbit and only rabbit with no other food then yes you would. Just make sure you eat veggies and fruit. Bean sprouts etc... As for eating rabitt as the only meat it may get boring but will not hurt you.

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  • survivalguy
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    I've heard that eating too much Rabbit gives you a vitamin deficiency not sure what type was talking to a few guys and the topic came up and really didn't pay attention

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  • Bobbie
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    rabbits for meat and fur

    Rabbits are some of the best animals for growing meat in small area and produce the most meat for the amount of food they eat as well. They are also very fast growing and reach sexual maturity quickly. There are many types of rabbits but the 2 best for raising as preppers are the New Zealand Whites and the Californian These are both Medium sized and fast growing. Also they can me used as fur rabbits as the white fur is easy to dye.

    New Zealand come in White, red, and black and are musular. They reach full weight 0f 4-5 pounds live by 8 weeks old.The age of sexual maturiy is 5-6 months of age. It take 28-45 days for rabbits to kit.

    Californian are much the same as New zealand but with black ears,tail,and nose.
    Florida whites are a bit smaller weighing in a 4 pounds but good as well.

    CHAMPAGNE D, ARGENT is the oldest breed. Born black it matures to silver. Good meat and fur rabbit.

    The giant breeds are heavier getting to mature weight of around 15 pounds but they grow slow and mature sexually at 12 months old. The amount of meat for the return is much lower.

    rabbits are best for breeding from 6 months to 3 years of age though they live to be 6-8 years old.

    Feed commercial pellets with some hay. Do not feed young rabbits any thing else as they have sensitive stomachs and will get diahreah and will be smaller at butcher time. For adults feed treats sparingly. Lettuce feed the least. They love it but it gives them the runs.

    Rabbit poo is great for composting.

    If you want a rabbit for fur the most valuable is the rex. With its velvet plush coat it makes a excellent fur rabbit.
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