When you decide to keep rabbits as a business you must be prepared to work more then when just raising rabbits as pets. The first thing to do when starting out is to choose the right breed for the project.
When you wish to keep rabbits for meat the right breed to choose from is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These kind of breeds are easy to care for and mature quicker. Some individuals even cross breed them because their babies develop faster 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 bunnies 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 reason being they may cause diarrhea. You also should not over feed your bunnies because this can cause body fat.
Breeding is also important when it comes to raising bunnies 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 bunnIes should be bred. The female bunnies should 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 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 care for their infants so there is no need to worry.
But just in case you need to give you a hand you may feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.