When you decide to keep bunnies as a business you must be ready to work more then when just raising bunnies as pets. The 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 is the Californians and New Zealands breeds. These kind of breeds are simple to care for and mature quicker. Some people even cross breed them because their babies grow 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 have to feed them well. Pellets and alfalfa hay is highly recommended to feed your bunnies, they contain just the nutrients needed in meat production. On the other hand lettuce plus cabbage is not adviced because they may cause diarrhea. You also shouldn’t over feed your rabbits reason being this may cause body excess fat.
Breeding is also important when it comes to keeping bunnies for meat. Rabbits that are medium are bred when they are five to 6 months but large breeds should be bred when they are 8 months. Only healthy and not closely related rabbits should 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 gestation 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 babies 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.