Raising Rabbits

At the end of December we decided to get five rabbits–two bucks, and three does–who are all getting close to being four months old. Our plan is to raise these five bunnies, breed them, and harvest their litters for food.  We got this great hutch off of Craigslist for a great deal.  10838057_10152514010353994_3375092796978780821_oWe have now separated the ladies and gents, but we think a couple may have already mated.  We keep checking out the does to see if anyone is pregnant, but can’t be sure yet.  If so, we think someone could deliver later this week.

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We tried our hand at planned breeding yesterday and we will see what comes of it.  We found two more nice used cages off of Craigslist and will eventually build a structure to cover and hang cages from.  We’ll have to figure out the best way to house all of these little ones.  Ideally, it would be a semi-permanent structure from which we could hang the cages, allowing us to easily collect the compost from below.

The bunnies are sweet little beings and we have really enjoyed having them around.  I am also super excited to practice some French cooking techniques to make delicious rabbit dishes.  Recipe suggestions are welcome!  Stay tuned for pics of baby bunnies.

Happy homesteading!

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