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I am still in awe as to how fast they grow. I wish I could do the killing, as I would love to have some rex and have their pelts to use..... maybe I will find someone who can do them for me..... I had an opportunity to get 6 standard Rex rabbits last year at the poultry swap and passed them by because of the upcoming ankle replacement and because I didn't know what to do with them if I had babies and then couldn't kill them. They were nice rabbits and cheap... people wanted to sell out because they were moving and she was expecting on top of it.... Should've gotten them..... Oh well, maybe next year......

Does anyone raise their rabbits in "colonies"? My friend in CT years ago had a couple that stayed in the hay mow and she gave them water and feed plus they got all they wanted in hay.... made nests and raised a bunch of babies....just wondered how that worked....
Hi Jan! They do grow quite fast!
My friend that gave us our first rabbits raised them in a colony! I'm afraid that some escaped several years ago and now live outside his colony and have taken over and destroyed the plants on his property! He's going to have to get them under control before they leave the boundaries of his land and get into the local orchards! The only way I would ever raise them colony style would be with a concrete floor and walls, which would be quite expensive and it is very difficult to control the breeding unless you can keep the males and females separated!
 
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Colony breeding sounds good in Utopia, but the truth is that domestic rabbits have been bred for many, many years to live in cages. Roomy, clean cages with water, feed and proper care, controlled breeding , IMO is the way to go.
I agree...it would be so hard to not only control the breeding, but also making sure that they are healthy! I just don't see how you could do that in a colony setup!
 
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