Very basic, very newbie questions

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by Mid Tn Mama, Nov 11, 2004.

  1. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Please indulge my totally no-nothing questions:

    How many babies are produced on average in a litter?

    How many weeks until slaughter size?

    How many rabbits will feed a family of four who also have beef and chickens?
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    What breed?

    At what weight do you plan to slaughter? 4 1/2 pounds? 5? 6?

    How often do you plan to serve rabbit?
     

  3. westbrook

    westbrook In Remembrance

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    How many babies are produced on average in a litter? - New Zealand, Satins, Rex, Califonians - 6-8 is the average, sometimes a litter will only be 4 sometimes 12! but expect 6-8

    How many weeks until slaughter size? With the above mentioned breeds except for the Rex- you should be able to acheive 4.5-5 pounds in 8 weeks..the Rex will be slightly smaller only reaching about 4-4.5 pounds...hoping with a lot of work to change that.

    How many rabbits will feed a family of four? When starting out and seeing if this is for you, I suggest you start with 4 does and 2 bucks. Breed two does at the same time and then breed the last two does a month later (of course you can breed all the does at the same time). The reason for breeding two does at the same time is if one doe rejects her off spring, you can foster them over to the other doe. The reason for having 4 does in stread of 2 is if something happens to one doe is that really limits your potential fryers and trying to get another doe to age to breed ls very limiting.
    The reason for 2 bucks...what do you do if you only have 1 and you loose him?

    You will need 1 cage for each rabbit and 2 cages for your fryers so they have a holding area for butchering.
     
  4. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Thank you both! I knew there would be practical advice here. Well, I guess I was wondering about rabbit twice a week. And a larger breed--but I haven't researched what breeds are available where I live.

    I'll be learning with all of you this year!
     
  5. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    If you eat 4 rabbits per week, you will need to try for 200 rabbits
    per year. I only raise NZW and Californians so my data is based
    on those breeds. My New Zealands will wean more per litter than
    my Californians. My New Zealands will reach 5 pound before the
    Californians. I have a very good dressout with the New Zealands
    as they are very good "type" and are loaded with meat!

    If you allow the kits to remain with the doe until butchering weight,
    you will need more does than if you wean at 4 to 5 weeks and
    rebreed quicker. (4 to 5 litters compared to 7 litters per doe)

    Taking an average weaned of 35 kits per does (on the more intensive
    rebreed), I would suggest you consider 6 does. On a 42 day rebreed
    and butchering direct from the doe cage, you will need more does to
    achieve your objective.

    When I refer to averages, I'm taking into consideration that there
    may never be 100% conception/kindling. At some point, a doe
    is likely to *miss*. That lowers the numbers weaned for your
    does.

    Good luck with your project. *Hoppy* eating!