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