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Old 04/27/09, 02:08 PM
 
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Pel Freeze Rabbit In Our Grocery Store

WOW - have I been selling rabbits to friend TOO CHEAP. Our biggest Grocery store has Pel-Freeze Rabbits with Giblets for sale for approx $19-20 EACH. I didn't realize processed frozen rabbit was selling for $6-7 a pound. My friends get them at 2 dressed rabbits for a bag of Rabbit feed ($13.50 currently).

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Old 04/27/09, 02:48 PM
 
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Yup, it was selling in Sobeys here at Christmas for $7/lb.

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Old 04/27/09, 07:42 PM
 
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Last rabbit I saw in a grocery here in Los Angeles was $9/lb for a 3 lb fryer. I said NO THANKS.

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Old 04/28/09, 05:45 PM
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I've seen them at the market for $6/lb, they don't seem to sell very quickly.

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Old 04/28/09, 07:14 PM
 
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I just wish there was a good processor near me that I could sell to. I used to help my grandfather raise rabbits and enjoyed it alot but all the processors near me closed up shop.

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Old 04/28/09, 10:43 PM
 
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My brother-in-law was paying $6.00 a pound back in the 1990's in Colorado, lol. You've definitely been getting the short end of the deal! There was only one store he could even get them through, they'd call him when they got a new batch, and he'd go buy every one they had. They only got 3-5 every few months or so.

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Old 04/29/09, 10:10 AM
 
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Most of my rabbits are consumed right here at home. If we have friends over and are serving fried rabbit we also buy some chicken wings and no one knows the difference. I just never realized that I was eating such pricey meat.

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Old 04/29/09, 12:57 PM
 
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It's about that price here too and I did ask about it. Butcher at the meat counter told me that they sell so few of them the cost doesn't come down from bulk as it does for beef, pork and chicken.

Makes sense to me. But I'm sure not paying it!

Duck here also goes for about 15-20 for a decent sized bird. Both types frozen.

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Old 04/29/09, 08:53 PM
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Rabbit meat has always been a pricey gourmet thing. We raised them from 1965 to 1976 and a local butcher paid $1 a dressed pound for as many as we could deliver. He was probably getting at least $1.50 at a time when ground beef was going for 50¢. There were two of us in town supplying him and he had a waiting list a mile long.

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Old 04/30/09, 09:53 AM
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Rabbit is available from a speciality butcher here, for over $8 a pound. Pretty crazy.

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Old 04/30/09, 02:24 PM
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We raise/process our own, a very small operation (one buck, two does, producing maybe 3 litters each per year)... a coworker said she'd be interested in buying some processed fryers from us when we butchered. When the time came, I figured up how much we spent in raising that one litter (10 kits) and quoted her a price of $7/lb, which is still cheaper than you can buy it in any store around here. I think she thought I was crazy... but for less than $7/lb, we'll gladly eat all of them ourselves.

Rabbit food isn't cheap, and the price I quoted her doesn't begin to take into account the $$ we spent building hutches, buying the feeders/water bottles, cleaning, daily care, etc., nevermind the time and unpleasantness of processing them. I think people assume you can raise rabbits on table scraps or something; they're NOT a particularly cheap meat crop, at least not when you're first getting started.

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Old 04/30/09, 04:24 PM
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OK, will relate my experience during a visit to family in Croatia in 2001. They raised rabbits (one buck, three does) for a meat alternative. They fed them on zero, repeat, zero processed feed. During the summer they were fed on local fresh forage harvested with a scythe. During winter they were fed on dried (piled) hay of that same forage. In the cage at all times were kept an ear of dried corn. When it was down to the cob, it was removed and a whole ear put in. No salt spool (they didn't even know what they were). No medications. No nest boxes. The does pulled out from the feed V between the cages and built her own nest area. The translation was so-so, but if I understood correctly, they averaged between 10 and 12 kits (or whatever they are called) to a litter. When the kits were ready to wean they were taken and put into a stall with a tall V feeder, water and the same forage/hay as the buck and does. I counted 14 in that particular litter in the stall at that time.

I had a more detailed article on this in maybe the August/Sept 2001 issue of Countryside.

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If you Google PEL rabbits you will get the PEL website. Seems like, if I read it right, they pay only $1.45/lb to their contracted grower/suppliers for rabbits at an average weight of 5 lbs, and I think they require the grower to contract for volumes from 25 does to stay a supplier. Hmmmmm? Just how many middlemen are in the process, anyway?

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Old 05/01/09, 04:20 PM
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If you Google PEL rabbits you will get the PEL website. Seems like, if I read it right, they pay only $1.45/lb to their contracted grower/suppliers for rabbits at an average weight of 5 lbs, and I think they require the grower to contract for volumes from 25 does to stay a supplier. Hmmmmm? Just how many middlemen are in the process, anyway?
That's live weight, not butchered. Pel does all of the processing and packing. That's where most of the expenses are.

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Old 05/01/09, 06:26 PM
 
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If you Google PEL rabbits you will get the PEL website. Seems like, if I read it right, they pay only $1.45/lb to their contracted grower/suppliers for rabbits at an average weight of 5 lbs, and I think they require the grower to contract for volumes from 25 does to stay a supplier. Hmmmmm? Just how many middlemen are in the process, anyway?
I've supplied to Pel-Freez for over 10 years. The average
weight of my fryers is 5.5 pounds in the winter and 5.2 in
the summer. (minimum: 4 3/4 - maximum: 5 3/4). We
received $1.63/lb for many months before it dropped to $1.54/lb
and now $1.45/lb.

There are no "contracted" growers. They won't commit
to a signed contract with the supplier.

ETA: Pel-Freez rabbit is inspected by the USDA. Because of the law
regarding rabbits, this inspection is not free.
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Old 05/01/09, 06:58 PM
 
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You cant find rabbit in the grocery stores around here it seems. I wish there was a processing plant nearby so it would be possible to grow and sell them (even if its not much money).

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Old 05/03/09, 07:00 PM
 
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I love those little wild cotton tails. They taste great. Is domestic rabbit similar?

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Old 05/03/09, 08:18 PM
 
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I love those little wild cotton tails. They taste great. Is domestic rabbit similar?
The meat is similar but I find it a little less "wild" tasting. I like both and still went rabbit hunting while raising rabbits myself.
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