Raising Rabbits – Our Rabbit Colony

raising rabbits


 

My name is Bettina, I’m a former vegan… and someone who has had both pet and meat rabbits. I took our family down the road of being more self sufficient and that is where our meat rabbit journey began.

Though I’ve raised both pet rabbits and meat rabbits, I went from knowing virtually nothing about rabbits to writing a book about raising them. When we chose to raise rabbits we went the route of using a rabbit colony, and it became an amazing experience.

Rabbit Colonies

Whether you have rabbits already or are considering them, planning a colony can be work, but the rewards are worth it. I think raising rabbits in a colony is an amazing idea. It’s humane and honestly loads of fun. Colonies can range in design and are very different from each other. Check out this colony gallery for some ideas.


Caring for Rabbits

raising rabbitsRabbits, 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.

raising rabbitsProper nutrition, water, grooming, and more are things to consider regardless of why you are raising rabbits.  We offset a lot of costs by having a garden for our rabbits, which was an amazing feat since I had never gardened before, but we were able to use the garden to feed the rabbits a lot of organic veggies.

Knowing their needs will aid in healthy rabbits and if you are thinking about a colony, meeting needs is very important. 


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. Here are some examples of widely used nesting boxes.


Our Pet Rabbits

Our little pet rabbits Fuzzball and Ruby, sure were something!  Allowing them to run the house and learning to litter training them was an amazing experience for my kids! Rabbits can make amazing pets. 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.


Meat Rabbits

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 my blog A Blue Eyed Mama’s 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.

Butchering Rabbits

Below in the video is a product called the Rabbit Wringer and in my opinion, it is the most humane way to butcher a rabbit. You can go to their website by clicking here.

I am not affiliated with the owners of this product, in fact, when I emailed them to let them know I was suggesting their product in a book, I didn’t get a response… however, the product is the most humane way to butcher a rabbit… and I feel that it is important to share.

Know that the video does show a rabbit being butchered…


Raising Rabbits – A Book Full of Facts and Laughs – Grab Your Copy

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 was asked a lot about our rabbits, then people would send others to ask me questions, and after being told several times that I should write a book… I just did!

Raising Rabbits will be a helpful read to anyone looking to start a rabbit colony BUT it also offers a lot of information to anyone looking to raise rabbits in general. We do cover colony living, but there is quite a bit of material for anyone looking to raise rabbits in any capacity. 

If you do go to Amazon and grab my book, or already have, I’d love to hear from you! Whether you head over to my Facebook page or leave a review on Amazon… it’s nice to know that people like what you’re doing!

I knew when I gave my book the subtitle or “A Former Vegan’s Guide to Rabbit Husbandry” it might be controversial. Being a former vegan… I figured some vegans would be upset about it, but I know the information will be useful to those seeking it.

Thanks for reading and if you have questions… don’t be shy about asking!

Bet + Fam 🙂 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Freedom says:

    Great article, raising rabbits can be intense and rewarding at the same time. I have been experimenting with free range rabbits lately and its working out great. They seem so happy out digging and playing. They enjoy fresh greens all day long. It’s extremely enjoyable to watch too. It’s incredible how smart they are and how quickly they adapt to their environment working with other critters to stay safe from predators. Once in a while they will put their nest in the garage and I get to play with the babies which is fun too.

    1. Thanks! Rabbits are great and it sounds like you have a nice environment for them. My kids would agree that the best part of raising rabbits are the little ones, they love to hold the babies!

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