Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Having Rabbits on your homestead

Many prospective homesteaders overlook rabbits as a source of meat, simply because Americans aren't accustomed to eating much rabbit.
No homestead food is worth producing if it isn't good tasting. I could no more describe the taste of rabbit than I could a prime steak; you'll just have to try it for yourself.
Unlike the wild rabbit, domestic rabbit meat is all white and very tender.
The homesteader's handbook to Raising small livestock...by Jerome D.Belanger.

We recently purchased 4 New Zealand rabbits to add to our newly growing farm.
These guys are the easiest animals we have and their up keep is a breeze.
Three of our does are expecting and they have a 31 day gestation period which will be up for our little girls tomorrow..WE hope to have lots of little New Zealands hopping around.
Scott just finished up making their nest box in which you give them a couple of days before their due and they pull the hair out from around their neck in order to make a soft cozy bed for their babies. I'll try and get some pictures of our hairless wonders when they arrive...


Bria Cosper said...

Y'all are creating quite a farm! I hope Cullen is alright today!!! We are praying for him. WE hated missing you guys for your own party!

The Pauls' Family said...

We've thought of doing this a few times. I think some of us might have a hard time, OK I might have a hard time (Blush, Blush) eating these sweet furry creatures. I don't know why, I don't have trouble with anything else. Maybe when our boys get older they will take the initiative :)


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