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Rabbits for meat

Do many people keep rabbits for eating ? What breed is suitable and what set up is used . I seen this self sufficiency video on YouTube on rabbits and chickens but I'd like the rabbits to have grass if I got some .
Thanks in advance .

micheal501
Friday, December 16th, 2011

I remember several years ago there was a company called Hiland or Hyland promoting commercial rabbit production in Ireland. I don't think that it really took on. I reckon that it was because rabbit meat as well as goat meat is seen in this country to be a poor man's meat. I personally prefer the gamey taste of wild rabbit as opposed to the factory commercial ones, a bit the same way as our home produced chickens taste far superior than the factory ones.

Rho b
Friday, December 16th, 2011

i have seen flemish /giant rabbits advertised on done deal for meat this is a recent add http://www.donedeal.ie/for-sale/otheranimals/2293779. had thought of getting some but then we have so many wild rabbit that it would make more sense to cull these. some butchers do supply rabbit but it is prob commercial.

little chick
Friday, December 16th, 2011

Very nice if boil first and then fry to crisp it yum.

benny mac
Friday, December 16th, 2011

all game depends on wat they eat thats wat makes the taste anything in the wild taste much better

hunt
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

wouldnt bother with flemish giants, from what i heard they are all bone

new zealand whites and californians are the popular meat breeds

failing that get some ferrets and some nets and go catch your own

gem
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Not many wild rabbits round here I'm afraid :(

micheal501
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

If there are not many wild rabbits about and you like rabbit meat then go ahead and breed some. Like you said in your post it would be nice to have them in a run but make sure the chainlink is buried in the ground otherwise the will dig their way out.

Rho b
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

I've never tried it . How high would the fence need to be ??

micheal501
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

I think is more to do with how deep the fence is buried into the ground, as they can bury quite deep. Iam not really sure Micheal but rabbits dont jump too high particularly the meaty ones. Maybe look up the web for more info. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

Rho b
Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Hi im breed flemish giants rabbits for meet in Ireland,im registred breeder in Ireland and if needs any right papper its no problem as im have herd number and give receipts if needed, thanks

Rabbit
Sunday, March 24th, 2019


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