When you decide to raise rabbits as a business you should be prepared to work more then when just raising rabbits as pets. The initial thing to do when beginning 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 simple to care for and mature quicker. 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 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 may cause diarrhea. You also shouldn’t over feed your bunnies reason being this can cause body excess fat.
Breeding is important too when it comes to raising rabbits for meat. Bunnies that are medium are bred when they are 5 to six months but large breeds should be bred when they are 8 months. Only healthy and not closely related bunnIes must be bred. The female rabbit must be taken into the male cage when mating the two, reason being female rabbits 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 must be as comfortable as possible when given birth. Rabbits know how to care for 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.