Even though I have produced several videos on the topic of raising meat rabbits, somehow I’ve managed to wait an entire year before finally writing my first blog post about them.
Somewhere around the beginning of May 2014, I purchased two meat rabbits, a buck and a doe, from a friend of ours. We received them just after they had been weaned from their mother at about six weeks of age. I started them out in a small wooden hutch I got at my local Agway. A few weeks later when it was time to separate them I built a wooden hutch for the buck and left the doe in the hutch I purchased. Later on, I built a larger hutch for the doe to give her more space to move around.
The first problem I had was that I didn’t know what breed the rabbits were. Even after a visit to the rabbit barn of the local fair and doing search on-line, I couldn’t find a rabbit that completely matched. A few weeks after posting a video on YouTube asking for help identifying the breed, somebody suggested that they were Broken Black New Zealands. A quick Google search confirmed that this was correct – the photos matched perfectly.second litter of 13 kits. One of the kits didn’t thrive and died after about two weeks, but the others did well. This is in spite of the fact that we had a cold February with many days below freezing and many nights below O degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter the rabbits were kept in 30×30 metal cages located in a non-insulated shed. I recorded a video showing my set-up.
I’ll be sharing more about my rabbits in the future. In the meantime, check out the videos and ask any questions you have.