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Rabbits on the Homestead, Take 2

February 25, 2013

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Sunning rabbit

Every homestead needs a good supply of small meat animals- something the family or group can eat in a meal or two so that spoilage and waste are not a problem.  We have tried a couple things, but for years we mainly relied on chickens because they were more cost-effective than others (like turkeys). We […]

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Being Your Own Vet

January 2, 2013

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Vetting Your Animals

Most preppers put a lot of time and effort into planning ahead for the care of their family members.  We store food staples, first aid items, clothing a size or two ahead, ammunition, and so on.  That’s definitely a wise plan.  But how well stocked are you for your animals? Some medical skills are multi-species, […]

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Managing the Rabbitry, part 2

November 23, 2011

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feeding your rabbits

From time to time, I’ve been sharing our experiences raising rabbits.  A kind commenter recently asked me questions about what I would do without commercial feed.  I thought her concerns were very valid and thought I should share what I have learned. It is certainly very convenient to buy prepared pellets to feed our various […]

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Managing the Rabbitry, Part 1

October 13, 2011

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Raising Rabbits

Some months back, we began raising Californian rabbits with the plan to replace the protein source we had been getting from our meat chickens. The Hutch We bought a great 3-cage hutch that a grandpa close by had made for his granddaughter’s pets.  She had outgrown her interest and we were the fortunate beneficiaries.  I […]

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Laura’s Prepping Diary: 9/24/11

September 24, 2011

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I am a big fan of  Craigslist and other places where I can pick up useful items at pennies on the dollar compared to their original cost.  This was my treasure for today: WARE Premium Hutch + Rabbit Run for $30!!  The list price for these 2 items new is a little under $400. It […]

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Meat Rabbits, Part 3 (Summertime Issues)

August 22, 2011

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Summer can be a hard time for rabbits.  They have those lovely fur coats… and it’s 100 degrees.  Almost without fail, when I pass the rabbit hutch, all the rabbits are stretched out to their full extent, feet pointing in opposite directions, in the middle of their cages.  They lie there in a heat-induced stupor […]

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Meat Rabbits, Part 2

August 3, 2011

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With a little bit of rabbit-raising experience under our belts now, I thought I’d share what we have learned so far. Choose breeding stock with your goals in mind It seems there are nearly as many kinds of rabbits as there are cats.  Minis, giants, solids, spotted, floppy ears, special fur, even wool! Rabbit breeders […]

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Meat Rabbits, Part 1

July 20, 2011

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Raising rabbits for meat is just about a forgotten hobby these days. Fifty years ago, they were a pretty common part of the food chain and lots of youngsters had a hutch out back.  Until a few years ago, a Boy Scout could earn a merit badge for rabbit-raising.  Even 4-H has relegated rabbits to […]

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