The amount of profit that a rabbit farmer makes is around $1.00 to $4.00 profit per rabbit and if you're a small time rabbit farmer you typically make around $37,000.00 per year although larger rabbit farmers will of course make more.
Rabbits have the potential to be one of the more profitable species to raise.
They often give birth to large litters, and offspring grow fast and reach either market or breeding weight more quickly than any other species.
The rabbit that is best for farming rabbits is the New Zealand Rabbit.
The next best rabbit for farming is the Californian Rabbit.
To raise meat rabbits in your backyard you simply need enough space for the rabbits and have some rabbit cages or rabbit hutches available for the rabbits to reside in.
Then provide the rabbits with plenty of rabbit food and water and care for them.
Then once the get old enough you then butcher them or have someone butcher them around 8 to 12 weeks of age.
Provide at least 10 square feet per adult rabbit.
Provide multiple levels for jumping.
Protect your rabbits from weather and predators.
Use baby saver wire on the bottom.
Keep things clean with litter boxes and deep litter.
Provide several locations for feeding to reduce competition.
When raising rabbits for meat you should plan on at least 1 rabbit per meal.
1 good sized rabbit can feed a family of four although you may want 2 rabbits per meal for a family of 4.
A good number to start with is two full- grown female rabbits and one full- grown male rabbit. 52.
With two females, you will get as many as 40 to 50 baby rabbits each year.
Meat rabbits do need some bedding to keep them warm and comfortable.
For meat rabbits, each cage should be about 3 feet square and 2 feet high to give the animals plenty of room to move around.
The best material for cages is double-galvanized 14-gauge welded wire.
Chicken wire is too flimsy.
Meat rabbits can be kept as pets.
Although meat rabbits are bred mostly for their meat they do actually also make great pets as well.
The New Zealand meat rabbit is one of the best meat rabbit pets that you can keep but you can keep any meat rabbit as a pet if you want too.
New Zealand Rabbits are very good for meat and they are one of the rabbit breeds that are bred for meat consumption.
A meat rabbit can have up to 12 litters of rabbits in a year which is the maximum amount of rabbit litters that she can have in one year.
To raise rabbits for meat you need at least 6 feet of space for a rabbit and the litter of rabbits.
However the more room you have for the rabbits the better.
A New Zealand Rabbit usually yields and gives you at least 3 lbs of actual rabbit meat.
The New Zealand rabbit should consist of about 60-65% meat.
Raising rabbits for meat takes around 12 weeks.
You can however butcher meat rabbits at 8 weeks but it's best to wait until 12 weeks.
Although you should not wait any longer than 12 weeks before butchering the meat rabbit for meat as the older the rabbit gets the tougher the rabbits meat will be.
Rabbits can be harvested as early as 8 weeks of age, though many prefer to harvest them around 4 to 5 pounds.
Rabbit is white meat because rabbit meat shares certain nutritional similarities with poultry.
You can eat any rabbit as long as it's cooked through to prevent any bacteria from making you sick should it be in the rabbit meat.
The best rabbits for meat are Silver Fox, French Angora, and American Chinchilla.
The country that eats the most rabbit meat is China.
China eats around 925K tonnes of rabbit meat which is a lot more rabbit meat than most other countries eat.
Rabbit is considered white meat which also has minimal fat content.
Rabbit meat is also low in calories and cholesterol-free.
Compared to other meats, rabbit has less sodium and contains a higher amount of metabolism, boasting phosphorus and calcium.
Countries that eat rabbits are New Zealand, Italy, China, France and Spain.
The New Zealand Meat Rabbit is one of the popular rabbits that is bred and raised for meat.
Some people in the USA also eat rabbits but rabbit meat is most common in other countries.
New Zealand rabbits are heat tolerant and are well suited for hot climates and warmer climate.
New Zealand Rabbits make good pets as they are very friendly, calm and enjoy being part of a family due to their social nature and do well with children and other pets.
New Zealand Rabbits live for 7 to 10 years.
New Zealand white rabbits eat between 100 and 300 grams of feed per day, or 50 grams per 1 kilogram of body weight daily.
The New Zealand White Rabbits water intake is generally between 100 and 600 milliliters per day.
New Zealand White rabbits are really popular rabbits as pets, in the show ring, and unfortunately, in the laboratory and meat/fur farm.
New Zealand White rabbits are also easily distinguished by their relatively large and solid bodies covered in dense white fur, their upstanding white ears, and their red eyes.
Despite being originally developed as a meat rabbit, New Zealand's make great pets!
They enjoy being part of a family due to their social nature and do well with children and other pets.
The albino trait gives the rabbits a pure white coat.
These rabbits grow to be big bunnies.
New Zealand bucks can grow to weigh between 9 and 11 pounds, while does weigh 10-12 pounds.
Because of the large size of these rabbits, they need larger cages than your typical rabbit needs.
New Zealand Rabbits are bred for meat, pelts, show, and laboratory uses, being the most commonly used breed of rabbit both for testing and meat production.
They are also bred as pet rabbits but mostly breed for meat.
New Zealand White Rabbits live for around 7 to 10 years and they make great pets even for children.
New Zealand Whites make ideal pets for children because of their docile, calm nature.
Rabbits aren't especially expensive.
Whereas pet rabbits purchased from shelters typically carry adoption fees ranging from $50.00 to $100.00, New Zealand rabbits can cost as little as $10.00 apiece.
Non-pedigreed Flemish giants cost $20.00 to $50.00 apiece.