When you decide to raise bunnies as a business you should be prepared to work more then when just raising rabbits as pets. The very first 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 folks even cross breed them reason being their babies grow quicker and produce good tasting meat. New Zealands breeds will 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 extremely recommended to feed your rabbits, they contain only the nutrients needed in meat production. On the other hand lettuce plus cabbage is not recommended 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 keeping rabbits for meat. Bunnies 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 bunnIes should be bred. The female bunnies should be taken into the male cage when mating the two, reason being female bunnes are territorial in their own cage thus they refuse to 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 take care of their babies so there is no need to worry.
Nevertheless just in case you have to offer a hand you can feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.