Breeding like rabbits

Well, actually, just breeding rabbits. I’m still waiting for Blackberry to kindle, Blueberry’s litter is 2 days old now. And today I made the decision to breed my French-German angora doe Halle Berry to our silver fox buck, Elderberry.

I have no idea what the kits will look like, but if they are really adorable I might offer one or two for sale as pets and we will go ahead and eat the rest. I don’t think it’s responsible to breed animals for profit. It’s hard finding good homes, and there are plenty of animals out there that need homes already.

In another month, when my rescue Angora, Roseberry, has gained some weight and is looking healthier I will probably breed her too. It would be nice to breed one rabbit each month for a continuous supply of meat, and they would only be bred 2 times a year, with a break for all of them in the heat of summer.

Someone was asking about our cage set up, so I thought I would post a picture of our cages.

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We live on the coast of Maine, so my husband has access to used lobster traps fairly inexpensively. So we have repurposed them into rabbit cages with permanent nest boxes on the backs of the cages.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s an ideal set up, the cages are low so the rabbits don’t ever get to sit up unless they are having supervised yard time. I also wish the cages were bigger. We haven’t picked out a forever home for the rabbitry yet, I’m guessing it will end up on the other side of our yard next to our house when it gets finished.

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Once we have a permanent rabbitry location, I will rebuild the cages so they open in the fronts, can be stacked, are twice as wide and twice as tall.

But for now, the cages are predator proof, comfortable, keep the animals out of the weather, and that’s as much as I can ask for on a budget of almost zero dollars.

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Posted on October 15, 2015, in rabbits and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love the names. And very innovative recycling.

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