When you make up your mind to raise rabbits as a business you must be prepared to work more then when just raising bunnies as pets. The initial thing to do when beginning is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you need to raise rabbits for meat the right breed to choose is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These kind of breeds are easy to care for and mature faster. Some folks even cross breed them because their babies develop faster and produce great tasting meat. New Zealands breeds will take just 2 months to be ready for the market and Californians have fine boned body structures with plenty of flesh.
For your bunnies to produce quality meat you have to feed them well. Pellets and alfalfa hay is extremely 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 may cause diarrhea. You also should not over feed your bunnies reason being this can cause body fat.
Breeding is also important when it comes to raising bunnies for meat. Rabbits that are medium are bred when they are five to six months but large breeds must be bred when they are 8 months. Only healthy and not closely related rabbits must be bred. The female rabbit should be taken into the male cage when mating them, because female rabbits are territorial in their own cage thus they won’t allow the male to mate with them.
The pregnancy 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 take care of their infants so there is no need to worry.
But just in case you have to offer a hand you may feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.