When you make up your mind to raise rabbits 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 want to raise bunnies 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 folks even cross breed them because their babies develop 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 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 adviced reason being they can cause diarrhea. You also should not over feed your bunnies reason being this will cause body fat.
Breeding is also important when it comes to keeping rabbits for meat. Rabbits that are medium are bred when they are five to 6 months but large breeds must be bred when they are eight months. Only healthy and not closely related bunnIes must be bred. The female rabbit must be taken into the male cage when mating the two, because female rabbits are territorial in their own cage thus they will not allow the male to mate with them.
The pregnancy length of bunnies takes about 30 days which is the same time they take to give birth. The doe must be as comfortable as it can be when given birth. Rabbits know how to take care of their infants so there is no need to worry.
But just in case you need to give you a hand you can feed them with a mixture of skim milk, karo syrup, egg yolks and bone meal.