Satins vs. NZW

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Jcran, Nov 24, 2006.

  1. Jcran

    Jcran Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I am now going to visit this board often...good info!! We've got two satin does and a satin buck that were given to us in October. The does both kindled earlier this week. We plan to eat the offspring (ooo, that sounds blunt, eh?). Anyhoo, I raised NZW in the past and just want to know what the major differences are as far as meat production. The satins seem to be relatively similar in size, perhaps a tad smaller? Color difference obviously. Litter size? Dress weights/percentages? Love to hear your expertise!
     
  2. doodlemom

    doodlemom Well-Known Member

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    I wish I knew the answer- Where's Pat Lamar? I miss her words of wisdom :)
     

  3. Judith

    Judith Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    Absolutely loved my satins when I had them! They took longer to finish 12 weeks for the stock I had but they ate less during that time so if time is not a factor they are perfect. I had larger litters than with my NZ (which I will never have again....)and just loved everything about them!
     
  4. dlwelch

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    I spoke with Pat by phone today. She's fine and spending some time
    with other activities at the moment.
     
  5. doodlemom

    doodlemom Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear dlwelch. She needs to write a book so I can buy it!
     
  6. Reauxman

    Reauxman Well-Known Member

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    I personally have never butchered a satin(or recall doing so, had them at one time), but I would think they woud have a higher meat to bone ratio knowing the breed.
     
  7. rabbitgal

    rabbitgal Ex-homesteader

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    Man, that's a good question. Nationwide, I think white (albino) Satins are like the third most popular meat breed after New Zealand Whites and Californians, but if I remember it was a distant third b/c of the fur texture? Linda?

    BTW, I've had several satin-furred kits pop up in linebred litters of purebred Californians. I have NO idea where that gene came from...
     
  8. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    She has written a book!

    I'll post the ordering information in a new thread.