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Raising rabbits, in my opinion, is one of the best things you can do to be more self-sufficient. 

Not only will it put food on the table but they will fertilize & decompose materials quickly and efficiently.


Raising Rabbits

  There are so many benefits to raising rabbits that I find it hard to believe any gardener or people wanting to be more self-sufficient, aren't raising them.


  Fertilizer & Compost
I person said to me, 'I bet feeding those rabbits can get expensive.'  Well, if you look at it as feeding a pet for pleasure then I guess it would be after time.  I don't look at it that way.  I see it as buying fertilizer (pellets) and getting the meat for free!  You can also add hay to the mix while feeding kitchen & garden scraps that would other wise go into the compost pile...taking 6 months to a year before utilizing.  One of the best thing about rabbit waist is that it can be used as a fertilizer immediately!

Meat & Pelt
This is one of the hardest things for me to do...raising rabbits for meat.  When I was a kid I had no problem going hunting killing my meal.  Now, for whatever reason, it's very hard.  Although, if I am to become more self-sufficient regarding meat, I have to do it.  But, as of Dec. 5, 2010....I haven't.


I purchased these rabbit in the summer of 2010.


Although this breed is very large it doesn't mean this are the best 'meat' rabbits.  I'm realizing that it is best to have small, compact rabbits then the large ones.  I'll be changing breeds in the Spring for sure.