german rabbits

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  1. sunnygrl

    sunnygrl Well-Known Member

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    when i lived in Germany , when i was about 11,there were these HUGE rabbits that were wild. Anyone know what breed these wild rabbits were? Our next door neighbor raised the largest rabbits I had ever seen, I would bet they were at least 20 #(as they were almost bigger than me), and I wonder if they were some relation to the wild rabbits.

    I would like to read up on these giant rabbits, I have looked up the large breed rabbits but haven't found anything that sounds right... the closest i found was a mention of the wild German hare crossed to make the checkered? but i haven't found any info on the wild German hare. ( I thought hares were smaller?)
     
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  3. sunnygrl

    sunnygrl Well-Known Member

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    it says that it is a german giant but is that really a flemish like the other links state it is when you search it?
     
  4. Lilandra

    Lilandra talk little, listen much

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    take a flemish and cross it with a french(?) lops and you should get rabbits that average 20+ pounds. our flemish are inbetween 14 & 21 lbs depending on sex and color with the female black being 14 and the sandy buck at 21. we've had a fawn doe that was 23 lbs but she was a junk food junkie and wasn't in all that great of condition (fat!) our best show flemish are 17-18 lbs.
    these aren't the best meat rabbits as you might think - they have a very large bone and slow to reach top weights.
    a good meat rabbit would be a flemish - new zealand cross or other proven meat rabbits like satins, californias, new zealands, rex etc...
     
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    There are German Giants, British Giants, and Continental Giants
    http://www.rabbitgeek.com/giantcont2.html

    They are similar to Flemish Giants in the USA.

    Check out the photos on this website from Holland
    http://aschothorst.photoblog.co.uk/

    German/British/Continental Giants are not available in the USA.

    The one person who has them won't sell them unless neutered first, so impossible to buy breeding stock.

    If you like big rabbits, look for Flemish Giants, French Lops, and Giant Chinchilla rabbits in the USA. There is also Checkered Giants, but they are not as massive as the others in body shape.

    Have a good day!
    Franco Rios
     
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    sunnygrl Well-Known Member

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    thanks rabbitgeek.... thats what I was looking for... i don't really want to raise them but if we could that would be neat..... i just remember how big they were!! it was amazing!!
     
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    how did this person get them in the first place?
     
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    rabbitgal Ex-homesteader

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    Imported them...very expensive, but doable if you have a few thousand bucks and a lot of patience!

    Franco, is Bob Whitman planning another Euro trip anytime soon? :)
     
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    Those guy's are huge.. I couldn't imagine the feed bill.
    Or worse,, having a herd with an attitude...
    Thats too bad that this guy won't sell any with-out them being neutered..
    But,, there his rabbits,, He can do as he pleases..
    Gary H.