When you make up your mind to keep bunnies as a business you must be prepared to work more then when just raising rabbits as pets. The initial thing to do when getting started is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you wish to keep rabbits for meat the right breed to choose is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These type of breeds are simple to care for and mature faster. Some individuals even cross breed them reason being their babies develop quicker and produce great tasting meat. New Zealands breeds can take just 2 months to be ready for the market and Californians have fine boned body structures with lots of flesh.
For your rabbits to produce quality meat you may have to feed them well. Pellets and alfalfa hay is highly recommended to feed your bunnies, they contain only the nutrients needed in meat production. On the other hand lettuce plus cabbage is not adviced because they can cause diarrhea. You also shouldn’t over feed your bunnies because this can cause body fat.
Breeding is important too when it comes to keeping rabbits for meat. Bunnies that are medium are bred when they are 5 to 6 months but large breeds must be bred when they are 8 months. Only healthy and not closely related bunnIes must be bred. The female rabbit should be taken into the male cage when mating the two, because female bunnes are territorial in their own cage thus they won’t 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 must be as comfortable as possible when given birth. Rabbits know how to manage their babies so there is no need to worry.
Nevertheless just in case you need to give you a hand you can feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.