Colony Rabbits: Raising rabbits in a colony is the best way to ensure happy, healthy, natural rabbits. Our animals live a stress free life, with plenty of healthy, natural food, fresh water and sunshine. We have put together a comprehensive guide to raising meat rabbits in a colony to get you started on your way to raising your own colony of rabbits.

WARNING: These pages discuss housing, rabbit diseases and raising of rabbits  for human consumption and contains graphic pictures. If this topic disturbs you, please do not proceed.

 

Raising Meat Rabbits in a Colony

How to Make a J Feeder and Hay Rack for your Rabbits or Chickens

Keeping rabbits in a colony is a fantastic, natural way of raising rabbits. The only problem I have really encountered is their love of tipping their bowls over. The solution I have found is to make a J feeder and to make a hay rack for the rabbits. I also made...

4 Steps to Ensure Optimum Growth in Meat Rabbits

Growing meat rabbits is basically easy. Put boy rabbits and girl rabbits in together with food and eat the excess bunnies. Simple right?? Unfortunately it can be a little more complicated than that if you want to be efficient and aim for optimum growth in meat...

Preventing an Outbreak of Rabbit Calicivirus in your Rabbitry

During the first week of March 2017, a planned national release of RHDV1 K5, will go ahead in Australia, New Zealand is expected to follow suit. There is no cure for Rabbit Calicivirus (RCD), therefore prevention is the only option. Below I will show you steps you can...

The Ultimate Chicken and Rabbit Dust Bath Recipe

Chickens LOVE their dust baths, and surprisingly rabbits naturally roll in dust too! Why not set up a suped-up dust bath for them to help treat parasites while they are at it? You will need one dust bath for every 10- 15 or so chickens or every 5 adult rabbits, and...

How to Control Revolting Parasites With Effective Natural Remedies

In general small numbers of fleas, lice or mites seldom cause any issue, but given the right conditions, their populations will explode exponentially. Then they can be hard to control and their impact on the homestead can be significant. In general animals are fairly...

7 Surprising Benefits to Allowing Rabbits to Burrow in Dirt

If you truly think that letting rabbits express their natural behaviour is the best way to get happy bunnies, then surely letting them burrow is also important? I am making an assumption, but I am going to put it out there: People who keep their rabbits in a colony...

Keeping a Meat Rabbit Colony – The Top 5 Questions Answered!

Keeping a rabbit colony is the easiest and best way to raise your rabbits. Rabbits love living in group housing and are naturally very social animals. Here are the 5 most commonly asked questions when starting look into raising meat rabbits in a colony and the...

Slaughter and Processing – Raising Meat Rabbits

As cute as the bunnies are, the time comes when they need to be processed or 'sent to freezer camp' as some like to put it. When your grow-outs are between 8 and 16 weeks, or 4-5lb (2-2.5kg) in size they are ready. WARNING: This diary discusses slaughtering and...

Rabbit First Aid Kit – Raising Meat Rabbits

Having a rabbit first aid kit set up and in a cupboard ready to go reduces a lot of stress when you are dealing with a sick or injured animal as everything you need is there together. I suggest you assemble these things and create a kit and keep it somewhere handy....

Rabbit Troubleshooting Guide – Raising Meat Rabbits

Raising animals is a fickle business and rabbits are no exception. Below are common and not so common issues you may face and some suggestions that will save your bacon. WARNING: This diary discusses slaughtering and processing rabbits for human consumption. If this...

The Complete Guide to Rabbit Illness and Disease

Before you look at treating an illness, you should read about preventing the spread of illness in your rabbitry and how to keep your rabbits healthy. Rabbit Diseases Reference Guide WARNING: This diary discusses housing, rabbit diseases and raising of rabbits  for...

How to Breed Happy Rabbits and Raise Healthy Kits

Rabbits are known for their reproduction abilities, they are one of the most productive animals on the planet. Breeding rabbits is pretty easy when it goes well. WARNING: This diary discusses housing, raising and breeding rabbits for human consumption. If this topic...

Feeding Rabbits Naturally – Raising Meat Rabbits

A large part of raising animals for meat is getting them to grow without spending a fortune on food. With rabbits in NZ we have Rabbit Calicivirus in our wild population, so we cannot just feed grass/forage that has been touched by wild rabbits. WARNING: This diary...

Choosing a Breed of Meat Rabbit – Raising Meat Rabbits

You *can* eat any breed of rabbit. But some of them have been bred to convert food to meat faster than others. If you just want efficiency, go for a meat breed. WARNING: This article discusses choosing a rabbit breed to raise for human consumption. If this topic...

Housing Meat Rabbits in a Colony – Raising Meat Rabbits

We are raising meat rabbits in a colony. I am not entirely sure how we got to this particular point where I thought raising meat rabbits was a good idea, but somewhere along the line, I read some facts about bunnies that made me want to give it a go. WARNING: This...

Disclaimer:

The advice & statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. I am not a doctor nor a vet – any information on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As always please run things past your health professional first.

This free resource is the ultimate collection of information regarding raising meat rabbits in a colony. Group housing rabbits is becoming very popular as people become more aware of where their food is coming from, and want to consume humanely raised meat. #free #rabbitcolony #meatrabbits #homesteading

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