When you decide to raise bunnies as a business you should be ready to work more then when just raising bunnies as pets. The initial thing to do when starting out is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you wish to raise rabbits for meat the right breed to choose from is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These kind of breeds are simple to care for and mature faster. Some folks even cross breed them reason being their babies grow faster 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 a lot 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 and cabbage is not recommended because they may cause diarrhea. You also should not over feed your rabbits because this may cause body fat.
Breeding is important too when it comes to raising rabbits for meat. Bunnies that are medium are bred when they are five to six months but large breeds must be bred when they are eight months. Only healthy and not closely related rabbits must be bred. The female bunnies must 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 gestation length 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 manage their babies so there is no need to worry.
But just in case you need to offer a hand you can feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.