Rabbits (Which Type?)

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by seedspreader, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Ok, I posted in the general questions area too, but Meg Z. directed me here.

    As we prepare to move to our homestead, I want to get some meat rabbits. A buck and a doe to begin with that will also be a project for my daughter and "pets" for her. These two will not be butchered. But I am looking for a good meat breed that is also fairly healthy. Any suggestions? New Zealand Whites, Californians, others?
     
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    CountryGoalie Well-Known Member

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    Oops. I posted a reply in the general questions area. Just thought you'd like to know. :)
     

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    dugan Well-Known Member

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    n.z. whites hands down for me
     
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    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Just the best feed to meat ratio, is that the deciding factor, or is there something else too?
     
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    If you are looking just for meat without showing potential, most of the large rabbit producers use a cal buck and a NZ white doe. I don't know the particulars, but I believe the length of the New Zealand and the muscularity of the cal combine for the optimum meat rabbit. I believe they call this cross an altex, but I may be way off on that. I'm going to try that in the spring myself.

    Tim
     
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    dugan Well-Known Member

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    nz whites have nice size litters ,very good mothers and will weigh 4 to 5# in 8 wks.i also breed cal buck to nz does whitch produces smuts that are meaty and small boned.NZ WHITES are very hardy and not high strung. Good luck with whatever breed you choose,there are many.
     
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    bethlaf Homegrown Family

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    i have new zealand crossed with satins, but for me, the colored pelts are just as valuable as the meat, it depends what you want out of them i guess,i just personally do not want to be tanning a bunch of boting white hides and furs for my uses , so i like the colors from the satins, and the size i get from that cross works for my family
     
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    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    Hey Beth,

    What do you do with your hides? Do you have a market for them?
     
  9. chas

    chas Well-Known Member

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    Hi
    I.m new here but will jump in with my two cents worth!
    I love the very white flesh and medium carcass 3/4lbs.of my rex cross with plain ole as we say near Pittsburgh Heinz 57 varietys!!!
    I had one doe raise 12 of 14 babies.The litter sizes make up for lack of size.And the wild colors and fur you can pet both ways make such great pets that I rarely butcher more than a couple per litter!
     
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    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    Sort of close! :)

    The foundation breeds used for creating the Altex:

    Flemish Giant, Champagne d' Argent, and Californian

    You can read more here:

    http://users.tamuk.edu/kfsdl00/rabb.html
     
  11. Pat Lamar

    Pat Lamar Well-Known Member Supporter

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    ... and the crossing of Cal x NZW is called "Smutts" (as in "mutts"). The Altex is a specific breed of rabbit created specifically for the meat industry, but "Smutts" are simply first generation crosses (e.g., cross breeds).

    Pat Lamar
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    Professional Rabbit Meat Association
    http://www.prma.org/
    Chairperson, 2005 ARBA Commercial Department Committee
     
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    tbishop Well-Known Member

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    I've ALWAYS been confused about that. Thanks for clarifying that!

    Tim