Breeding rabbits

Breeding rabbits at home is popular on the farm. This is due to the fact that caring for them does not require much physical labor. Its meat has dietary properties. In addition to meat, from a rabbit receive:

  • skin;
  • down;
  • fertilizer.

Due to the fact that a full-fledged female gives an offspring about 6 times a year, the number of heads will rapidly increase.

For breeding rabbits at home provided more than 200 breeds. They are divided into three types:

  • sandpaper;
  • pelt and meat;
  • meat.

The owners of these animals prefer meat species. This is justified by the fact that they are more calm and unpretentious in content. In addition, the main profit from these animals depends on the amount of meat.

Having decided on the breeding and maintenance of rabbits at home, you need to provide them with properly equipped housing. Despite the fact that rabbits withstand temperatures up to -20, many use the combined method of keeping: in the winter indoors, and in the summer in a street fence.

Ways to keep rabbits at home

Ways to keep rabbits at home

Ways to keep rabbits more than enough. In practice are widely used:

  • sheds;
  • cells;
  • aviaries;
  • walking tours;
  • pits;
  • burrows.

Conditions of detention depend on such factors:

  • number of goals;
  • the possibility of harvesting food;
  • growing region.

A more common way of breeding rabbits at home with content in the cells. They have a wooden or plastic floor, wooden walls and a ceiling of galvanized mesh.

By design, they are:

  • portable;
  • stationary.

Transportable cages are used when the weather conditions in the region do not allow the animal to reside on the street. To save space, the cage can be built multi-storey.

Rabbit Breeding Cages

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Rabbit Breeding Cages

Parameters for a single cell:

  • length 110 cm;
  • width - 60 cm;
  • height - 60 cm.

Parameters for two-cell:

  • length - 130 cm;
  • width and height of 60 cm.

The lower the density of animal landing, the healthier they will be.

Pluses of content in the cells:

  1. Ease in the organization of feeding.
  2. Unobstructed cell cleaning.
  3. The possibility of carrying out breeding work.
  4. Simplicity in veterinary care.
  5. The ability to install in a convenient place for the owner and animal.

Breeding rabbits in the pit

Breeding rabbits in the pit

For this type of breeding will have to pre-dig a hole, the location of which will exclude flooding. The pit size for 20-30 heads is recommended 200 * 200 cm. The optimum pit depth is 1.5 m.

The walls of the pit are veneered with slate. This is necessary in order to avoid the collapse of the soil, and so that the animal does not dig the holes in different directions.

Burrows dig females to a greater degree, but their direction is mainly horizontal. Sometimes there is a downward direction. Therefore, the possibility of a crawl to get out is excluded.

One side is left free, in which it is necessary to dig a hole for 3-5 individuals, the young rabbit will give birth to it. The height of the burrow is 20-30 cm, it is possible to locate both at the floor level and slightly higher.

The pit for breeding rabbits must be securely sheltered from precipitation; it can be made in an old shed, a cellar, or a shed.

The first settlement of the pit is preferably not carried out on the full amount. It is better to settle several dozen animals aged 4 to 5 months. And in a few days gradually add inhabitants.

There are no restrictions on breeds for breeding in the pits, but it is advisable to settle small crawl breeds.

If at first there are conflicts between animals about the distribution of the territory, then this is not terrible. Over time, they adapt, and will live peacefully. But if there are rabbits who have experience of living in a hole, then it is better to give them preference, since changing the environment for the animal is a stressful situation.

Fattening meat

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Breeding rabbits for meat primarily means proper feeding and a phased approach.

There are only three stages:

  1. Preparatory.
  2. Main.
  3. Final.

Each of them has its own characteristics and is obligatory in implementation.

Fattening meat

The essence of the first stage in the preparation of the digestive system of the animal to the new mode and feed. Initially, the amount of consumption of green fodder decreases, and fodder, which contains a large amount of calories and vitamins, is gradually introduced:

  • cake;
  • bran;
  • feed;
  • corn;
  • carrot;
  • beet;
  • cabbage.

Feeding in the second stage affects the amount of fat and the taste of meat. That is why at this moment it is required, as the main feed, high-calorie porridge and mash. Well if mash consists of potatoes, feed and bran. As for porridge, it is recommended oats and barley.

Wheat, peas and root crops are completely excluded from the diet. Greens are given in limited quantities. To get fatty meat, soy must be present in the diet.

At the final stage of breeding rabbits at home, it is important to keep feeding in the prescribed norms. After a month after the start of fattening, the rabbit loses its appetite. To restore it you need to water them with salted water.

When water does not help, greens are introduced into the diet:

  • dill;
  • parsley;
  • celery;
  • caraway;
  • chicory.

It is necessary to give greens by adding to the mash. Along with it is added bone meal, salt and nettle.

As soon as the moment came that the animal and this feed do not eat, then this is a signal that the fattening process has been completed.

It is not worth delaying and hoping that the rabbits will start eating tomorrow, because after refusing to eat, they quickly begin to lose weight.

Breeding rabbits Gray Giant

Breeding rabbits Gray Giant

Breed rabbits Gray Giant does not require special conditions for breeding. For good breeding, high-quality skins and tasty meat, you need fresh feed with protein content. In the diet should also be minerals.

If the Gray Giant rabbit feeds on dry food, some water should be added to it. Grain is pre-crushed, and juicy feed diluted with hay.

Between the seasons, the change of one diet to another in this breed should occur gradually over seven days.

With regard to fertility, the Gray Giant rabbit at a time, on average, results in 8 young rabbits. In the third month of life, newborns reach a weight of 2 kg.