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Raisin rabbits
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T16    Posted 03-02-2003 at 10:37:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know nothin about it, but we are being given 2 doe 1yr old lops, any suggestions? they are proving grounds for the daughter, she wants a horse real bad, I told her if she can prove her responsability with the rabbits we will find her a horse, after she gets a horse she will have to be responsable for it and the rabbits. We also could get a buck for breeding, not a lop.. any suggestions are welcome email please.


Colin in WI    Posted 03-02-2003 at 18:07:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Get your daughter involved in 4-H. It's a great organization with many mentors to help her learn about her rabbits and about a horse as well as a host of other things. Contact your county extension office or state land grant college for more information. My son has two kinds of rabbits (and sheep and turkeys and chickens and beef!) and decided to forego scouts to concentrate on 4-H. My advice on breeding is don't. Get used to caring for the two adults before dealing with a bunch of bunnies. If you do breed, stay with the same breed.


Dave Smith    Posted 03-02-2003 at 17:57:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know nothing about raisin rabbits but I find fresh rabbit raisins around the barn every morning. I couldn't resist.
Dave <*)))><


Brian-2N    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:19:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you keeping as pets, or will you breed them for food or pets? Answering this breeds several other questions.
Keeping 2 as pets is A LOT different than breeding. Pets can even be kept indoors (I do).


RayP(M)    Posted 03-02-2003 at 11:28:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best if you stick a buck of the same breed. Any mixed breed rabbits will be muts that will be hard to place, except in "pet quality" homes. No rabbit breeder will give "em a second glance!


But!    Posted 03-02-2003 at 12:29:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mutts are just as tastey...

Salmoneye

;-)


RayP(MI)    Posted 03-02-2003 at 16:53:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I asked the 80 or so rabbits in my barn (never can get an accurate count,) and they said wild rabbit tastes best! Rabbit, properly prepared is good food, don't get me wrong, I just have a little problem when the cute furry creature I was cuddling on Saturday shows up on the table as the guest of honor on Sunday dinner!


Skittles    Posted 04-03-2004 at 14:55:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lops are "fancy" breeds; I guess you could eat them, but why not get a meat breed if you want rabbit meat? Not to mention that two out of the five (or six depending on if you count the velveteen which is not recognized by the ARBA) lop breeds are hard to breed and have small litters. I guess I'm more bunny crazy than I realized but I tend to think of the lops more as dogs and wouldn't eat them like NZW's or Cals.


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 17:07:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
If they get past about three months, rabbit and dumplings is the way to go.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-02-2003 at 18:26:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like em baked on their back in a 9x13 pan surrounded by onions and taters...

And I seldom ask them how old they are beforehand...

:-)


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 19:43:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, the home grown ones will tell ya.


DHunter n NOLa    Posted 03-02-2003 at 11:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't.


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