Why I chose meat rabbits
been considering raising rabbits for quite some time as an
inexpensive source of meat for consumption. I had pet rabbits when I
was a toddler and teen, but haven't really had much experience with
since then. Rabbits can be a good source of protein, and they are
generally easy to raise. I've eaten rabbit in the past (both wild and
domestic), so I know I like the taste of the meat.
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Many homesteaders choose to
raise chickens as a protein source; however,
personally, I don't eat many eggs. I've wondered if I have an egg
allergy of some kind. I've noticed for a number of years that when I
consume eggs, I often don't feel well afterwards. A couple of years ago
I was discussing this with my mother, and she claims to have the
same symptoms. I haven't researched it, but I wonder if there is a
genetic trait that causes intolerance to a protein in eggs?
So, if one doesn't plan on
consuming eggs on a regular basis, this
makes raising chickens a lot less appealing. The alternatives to
chickens and other fowl on a small homestead that I can think of are goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, and perhaps a handful
of more exotic livestock. Rabbits seem to me to be easiest to raise of
this list, and perhaps require the least amount of preparation and
One strong advantage to
raising rabbits is the fertile manure one ends
up with in a concentrated area. This can be used to significantly
enrich poor soil, of which we have 3 acres worth. Our soil here
is quite poor, so anywhere we garden has to be enriched. This
sometimes means a pickup load of garden soil from the local nursery,
but we hope to do this less in the future as we start to bring in horse
and rabbit manure. We'll cover rabbit manure much more in a future
And so begins our adventure
into rabbit husbandry. We hope
you'll enjoy reading about our experiences as we tread off into unknown
territory with meat rabbits.
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.