A Former Vegan’s Guide to Rabbit Husbandry
A Guide to Colonies, food, Breeds, and more
So you have either just stumbled across RabbitColonies.com or have been directed here by my book on Amazon, either way… Hi… I’m glad you’re checking this page out. If you bought my book (to the left)… thank you and if not… you should check it out, if I do say so myself 🙂
If you’re here you are probably interested in raising rabbits and maybe more specifically, raising them in a colony. I think raising rabbits in a colony is an amazing idea. It’s humane and honestly loads of fun. In my book Raising Rabbits, I have a pretty hefty chapter on rabbit colonies, information how to build them, maintain them, and more. Whether you have rabbits already or are considering them, planning a colony can be work, but the rewards are worth it. Colonies can range in design and are very different from each other. Check out this colony gallery for some ideas and pick up my book… it’s full of things I learned, practical tips, and a few funny stories!
Caring for Rabbits
Rabbits, regardless of breed, are animals that require a lot of care, but a good colony will run smoothly. For those of you that don’t have rabbits and are researching raising rabbits (for pets, show, or meat) knowing which kind of rabbit you want is key. Why you are raising rabbits will help determine the breed. We have had a few kinds of rabbits over the years, these pictured are our Californians and are considered great meat rabbits, more on meat and pet rabbits below.
Proper nutrition, water, grooming, and more are things to consider regardless why you are raising rabbits. In my book I have information on how we offset a lot of costs by having a garden for our rabbits. Knowing their needs will aid in a successful colony. Even basic things like carrying a rabbit need to be learned, and honestly even if you aren’t sure about colony living, knowing these things are very important for the health of rabbits.
Caring for Kits
If having kits (babies) is the goal, knowing how to take care of them and what to expect is key. Seeing successful litters is very rewarding and fun for our family, especially for my children. Choosing nesting boxes can be an important choice. Many things can be used but there are 3 that are used time and time again, all have pros and cons, and my book covers them. Here are some examples of widely used nesting boxes.
Our Pet Rabbits
Our little pet rabbits Fuzzball and Ruby, sure were something! It was important for me to include them in my book. Allowing them to run the house and litter training them was an amazing experience for my kids! Rabbits can make amazing pets and the chapter on them is probably the funniest of the whole book! If you read it you know what I’m talking about… if not… let’s just say we had some crazy experiences with Fuzzball and Ruby! It’s sad I don’t have better pictures of them… you don’t really think about taking pictures of your rabbits… until it’s too late, but here are a few.
Having meat rabbits is a big decision and there are many things to consider, even if you are foregoing a colony. We researched extensively the topic before purchasing our first meat rabbits and found little for those that wanted to start a colony. I actually started this blog to help others who wanted to raise rabbits, especially in colonies. Of course, the blog became broader and later I was approached about turning my rabbit experience into a book… and well… the rest is history.
I cover this in my book as well but reading and seeing are sometimes 2 different things. Below is a product called the Rabbit Wringer and in my opinion it is the most humane way to butcher a rabbit. Know that the video does show a rabbit being butchered…
Raising rabbits can be a fun experience… but it isn’t always as easy as one would think. My hubby and I put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears for our rabbits… but we found something that really worked well and that we felt good about. It took me awhile to get the nerve up to put my information into a book form… but I am so glad I did! I know it will be a helpful read to anyone looking to start a rabbit colony! Thanks for stopping by!
Bet + Fam 🙂