Author Topic: Raising rabbits for meat  (Read 466 times)

John Galt 1

Re: Raising rabbits for meat
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2018, 07:17:02 PM »
This is why I became okay with scaling back to the bare minimum - just enough that we could get it going again in a pinch whether that meant there was less on me and could "do it all" or if shtf and then I had hands to help since there wouldn't be a choice but to help.
THIS makes a lot of sense to me right now both for what you wrote about your situation and also for mine.

I went from 2 pigs, a number of ducks, chickens, and rabbits, down to just chickens and rabbits. And it feels good.

That's pretty much what I was looking to do but instead of scaling back I want to create the ability using very low effort and cost.        That's why I asked about how many sf of dense grass to support a pair.       I would feed hay occasionally during the winter and probably only breed once a year for the learning experience and lean meat.

8greenbeans

Re: Raising rabbits for meat
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2018, 05:16:16 PM »
I wish I knew the answer John Galt. There are quite a few rabbit forums that could likely answer the question to satisfaction. Actually, now I'm also interested, even though the area I thought would not be quite enough for 2 goats is actually way too much for 4 goats. So I know if I do a tractor then I'm likely to not need a lot of outside feed.... then the majority of that will be what I intentionally grow for them.

Let me know if you find the answer and I will do the same for you.

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8greenbeans

Re: Raising rabbits for meat
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2018, 05:25:18 PM »
This is why I became okay with scaling back to the bare minimum - just enough that we could get it going again in a pinch whether that meant there was less on me and could "do it all" or if shtf and then I had hands to help since there wouldn't be a choice but to help.
THIS makes a lot of sense to me right now both for what you wrote about your situation and also for mine.

I went from 2 pigs, a number of ducks, chickens, and rabbits, down to just chickens and rabbits. And it feels good.

I was very surprised at how good it felt. I need this wee break. I'm sure you do, too. It also feels good to know that it only takes a short while to build it back up to the numbers we have now.

At first though I felt like a failure. Then I realized, what good is it all if I kill myself in the process? I'm doing and providing for 8 people all by myself (homestead wise that is). If shtf - which is what we prepare for - then I'll have the help of them all which means being able to do more in the long run.

I'm hoping I can be back at it come next spring but if I can't, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

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John Galt 1

Re: Raising rabbits for meat
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2018, 05:51:22 PM »
This is why I became okay with scaling back to the bare minimum - just enough that we could get it going again in a pinch whether that meant there was less on me and could "do it all" or if shtf and then I had hands to help since there wouldn't be a choice but to help.
THIS makes a lot of sense to me right now both for what you wrote about your situation and also for mine.

I went from 2 pigs, a number of ducks, chickens, and rabbits, down to just chickens and rabbits. And it feels good.

I was very surprised at how good it felt. I need this wee break. I'm sure you do, too. It also feels good to know that it only takes a short while to build it back up to the numbers we have now.

At first though I felt like a failure. Then I realized, what good is it all if I kill myself in the process? I'm doing and providing for 8 people all by myself (homestead wise that is). If shtf - which is what we prepare for - then I'll have the help of them all which means being able to do more in the long run.

I'm hoping I can be back at it come next spring but if I can't, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

One of my neighbors (family with teenagers so potential helpers) tried to be more self substaining as far as food goes,       After a many years they cut back 90% and only keep a small garden with a few birds.      They keep their fencing and barn in good repair so some ability to spring back quickly if ever needed.       A lot less work and they can focus on enjoying life and getting the kids through school; mostly collage at this point.

This is why I made the origional post.        I'm trying to expand our ability to be self sufficient without adding much more long term time requirements.       Spend a few days fencing, water, ect and just maintain a breeding pair of bunnies for quick expansion if ever needed.     

ChristianJ

Re: Raising rabbits for meat
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2018, 09:43:04 AM »
This is why I became okay with scaling back to the bare minimum - just enough that we could get it going again in a pinch whether that meant there was less on me and could "do it all" or if shtf and then I had hands to help since there wouldn't be a choice but to help.
THIS makes a lot of sense to me right now both for what you wrote about your situation and also for mine.

I went from 2 pigs, a number of ducks, chickens, and rabbits, down to just chickens and rabbits. And it feels good.

I was very surprised at how good it felt. I need this wee break. I'm sure you do, too. It also feels good to know that it only takes a short while to build it back up to the numbers we have now.

At first though I felt like a failure. Then I realized, what good is it all if I kill myself in the process? I'm doing and providing for 8 people all by myself (homestead wise that is). If shtf - which is what we prepare for - then I'll have the help of them all which means being able to do more in the long run.

I'm hoping I can be back at it come next spring but if I can't, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.

One of my neighbors (family with teenagers so potential helpers) tried to be more self substaining as far as food goes,       After a many years they cut back 90% and only keep a small garden with a few birds.      They keep their fencing and barn in good repair so some ability to spring back quickly if ever needed.       A lot less work and they can focus on enjoying life and getting the kids through school; mostly collage at this point.

This is why I made the origional post.        I'm trying to expand our ability to be self sufficient without adding much more long term time requirements.       Spend a few days fencing, water, ect and just maintain a breeding pair of bunnies for quick expansion if ever needed.   

The (sad?) reality is that it is just more efficient to make a few extra bucks and buy what you want, hopefully locally, than to setup major operations to be "self-sustainable".