When you decide to raise rabbits as a business you must be prepared to work more then when just keeping bunnies as pets. The very first thing to do when starting out is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you want to raise bunnies for meat the right breed to choose from is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These kind of breeds are easy to care for and mature quicker. Some folks even cross breed them reason being their babies grow faster and produce good tasting meat. New Zealands breeds will take just 8 weeks to be ready for the market and Californians have fine boned body structures with plenty of flesh.
For your rabbits to produce quality meat you have to feed them well. Pellets and alfalfa hay is highly recommended to feed your bunnies, they contain just the nutrients needed in meat production. On the other hand lettuce and cabbage is not recommended because they can cause diarrhea. You also shouldn’t over feed your rabbits reason being this will cause body fat.
Breeding is important too when it comes to keeping rabbits for meat. Rabbits that are medium are bred when they are 5 to 6 months but large breeds should be bred when they are 8 months. Only healthy and not closely related rabbits must be bred. The female bunnies should be taken into the male cage when mating the two, reason being female rabbits are territorial in their own cage thus they won’t allow the male to mate with them.
The gestation length of rabbits takes about 30 days which is the same time they take to give birth. The doe must be as comfortable as possible when given birth. Rabbits know how to manage their infants so there is no need to worry.
Nevertheless just in case you need to give you a hand you may feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.