Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Speaking of Being a Producer ...


I came across this cute cartoon today.  




Anyone who has ever raised rabbits knows how true this is - and also knows how tricky it can be to accurately determine the gender of a pre-pubescent male ... and what happens when the rabbit sex-change fairy arrives. 

I usually get it right, but not always, which is why we currently have eight baby buns.  To combat my potential for error, we usually just keep the rabbits separated. 

If we weren't raising rabbits for that specific purpose, the fact that our doe kindled would be a problem.  I mean, what would we *do* with eight mutt rabbit babies?  

But since it is our stated purpose to raise rabbits for our table, that we have eight more is not a problem.  It's a blessing.



This poster is from the WWII era (I believe).  It is a really good illustration of the benefits of raising rabbits.  They don't take up a lot of space.  They're quiet.  And as long as their housing is kept clean, they don't smell bad. 

And they produce an incredible amount of low-fat, high protein meat.

Although, contrary to what the poster implies, you would need two rabbits - one of each gender ;).

And then, there's this. 


 
 
 
Raising rabbits is also pretty cost effective - as meat animals go.
 
Here at Chez Brown, we feed ours, mostly, a diet of commercially produced feed pellets and hay, but in a pinch, we could rely on our ability to forage for our rabbits.   Our rabbits love the garden weeds, the leftover watermelon rinds, maple leaves, and grass clippings.  Since our yard is all organic (no sprays used, ever), we feel comfortable feeding them just about anything we pull.  They even like the Jerusalem artichoke stalks.
 
If you're cramped for space, and you're looking for a way to add a meat animal to your food production, you can't do better than a rabbit - and most communities (including HOAs) don't, yet, have anti-rabbit ordinances. 

But if they do, you could be like Dolly Freed and raise them in your basement.  No one need be the wiser. 
 
As a bonus, rabbits produce the most amazing fertilizer, and it can be used as a top dressing on tender plants, because it doesn't burn the plants.  It also doesn't have to be composted first. 

Raising meat chickens is easier and faster, but for long-term food sovereignty, rabbits are the best choice.  


2 comments:

  1. that's a good idea. Do you butcher them yourselves? Do you find it difficult to eat them after raising them from babies? I think about it sometimes; what small animal to raise for home meat production, but I worry that I would get too attached to bunnies!

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    1. Yes, we butcher them ourselves. Yes, I get attached to them. Yes, it's very difficult. Yes, it's totally worth it ;).

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