When you decide to raise bunnies as a business you must be prepared to work more then when just raising rabbits as pets. The first thing to do when getting started is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you need to keep bunnies for meat the right breed to choose from is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These type of breeds are simple to care for and mature faster. Some people even cross breed them because their babies develop quicker and produce great tasting meat. New Zealands breeds will take just 8 weeks 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 bunnies, they contain only the nutrients needed in meat production. On the other hand lettuce plus cabbage is not recommended because they can cause diarrhea. You also shouldn’t over feed your rabbits because this can cause body fat.
Breeding is also important when it comes to keeping bunnies for meat. Bunnies that are medium are bred when they are five to 6 months but large breeds must 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, because female bunnes are territorial in their own cage thus they won’t allow the male to mate with them.
The pregnancy period of rabbits takes about 30 days which is the same time they take to give birth. The doe should be as comfortable as possible when given birth. Rabbits know how to manage their infants so there is no need to worry.
But 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.