Breeding rabbits for meat: care

There are many farms that decide to undertake thebreeding of meat rabbits. Even a family (individual) can start a breeding of meat rabbits for self-consumption, provided that the welfare of the animal is guaranteed up to the time of slaughter.

Before proceeding with reading this page, we recommend that you take a look at the articles already in the archive of our column onrabbit breeding.

Breeding rabbits for meat, our column

  • How to start a rabbit farm
  • Breeding rabbit, which breed to choose?
  • Rabbits, the best breeds for meat production
  • The different types of rabbit farming: indoors, outdoors and natural breeding
  • How to raise rabbits
  • The optimal diet for meat rabbits

Breeding rabbits for meat, feed, hay and cereals
The feeding of the congil must respond to the needs of the animal, so, during the reproductive period it is recommended to administer feed in the morning and hay in the evening, in this way, the animals grow more and do not exhibit aggressive attitudes. On the market there are feed for the reproductive period, feed for breeders and fattening rabbits however they may not be enough "healthy“, For this reason we recommend using“ standard ”feed with 17% protein. The bags of feed must be consumed within two months of opening: never use too old feed!

Those who have floured cereals can use them to feed the meat rabbit but in the form of mash made with six parts of floured cereals and four parts of water.

Breeding rabbits for meat, precautions for caged rabbits
For treat rabbits for meat attention should be paid to excessive nail growth. It may seem like a trivial question but this factor becomes a problem especially for those rabbits raised in cages. The nails should be shortened with a clipper until they protrude slightly (only six, eight millimeters in length) from the hairy edge of each finger. Nails can break causing bleeding or infection, which is why they need to be shortened.

Another frequent problem for the breeding rabbits for meat in the cage is given by the presence of bedsores under the sole of the foot. Once they have appeared, the bedsores are difficult to treat cure, to mitigate the damage of the sores, only maximum hygiene can be guaranteed: when a sore forms, the skin ulcerates and infections in the underlying tissues can easily develop.

To avoid this problem it is best raise rabbits with a very high and soft layer of litter that must be kept very clean. Obviously, general and local antibiotic therapies should not be missing, as well as the opinion of a veterinary expert.

Breeding rabbits for meat, vaccinations
We strongly recommend that all rabbits be vaccinated regularly. Even the most robust and mature ones, kept on the farm only for reproductive purposes. The classic vaccinations should not be missing and among these, especially the one against the viral hemorrhagic disease (MEV) which must also be done in winter.

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