Which breed of rabbit is best for a homesteader?
When thinking about keeping
meat rabbits, one of the first things that
came up is which breed should we start with?
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I've had New Zealand Whites and that seems to be a popular breed for
meat. This rabbit variety is also noted for the pelts since they are
pure white. I'm not sure, but I would guess the fur could be dyed,
too, which might make them popular with the buyers of pelts.
We're not really going down this path to sell the pelts, but we also see
as a learning opportunity and a potential offset for expenses, or even
as a source of profit. We plan to learn about preserving and/or tanning
the skins as we go as a side project.
Back to breeds. Another popular breed seems to be Californians. We're not
too familiar with these, but are considering crossing a New Zealand
buck with some Californian does. We'll see where we end up.
For now, we've started with New Zealand Whites. We currently have two
bucks and one doe. Not exactly an ideal male to female ratio, but we will
explain in a later post how we ended
up in that situation. There's also more to say about other breeds in a later
Shannon and Dawn will be sharing their experiences with raising meat rabbits on Tuesday afternoons. Shannon and Dawn homestead on three acres in Louisiana when time off from life and working as a sys admin permits.