Raising Rabbits for Meat

PunkinPeep

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Hobby Farm said:
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I hope after the next couple litters I will have enough to can at least a couple canner loads of cooked rabbit meat.
When you can your rabbit, do you jar it raw or cooked?
I'm not jenlyn, but my aunt canned rabbit meant, and when i asked i was told that you can it raw. It kind of ends up being cooked rabbit meat because of the canning process, but you don't have to cook it before you can it.

Incidentally, really good stuff. Every time we went to her house when i was a kid, she would get a couple jars of canned rabbit meat off the shelf, and dump them in the frying pan to sizzle up for dinner. Very yummy!
 

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I'm hungry. Time to start thinking about raising and breeding rabbits I guess!
 

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We have been raising meat rabbits for 5 years now, we have California/NZ mix as well as straight California breeders, then this past year I added Tamuks to our rabbits, and they have done really well. The Tamuks were bred to handle the Texas heat better and do not go sterile with the high temps like other breeds do. they are sweet natured and when they have kits, you get every color under the sun - makes it kind of fun.

I find that the meat is wonderful. We love smoking ours but I am going to try canning some with the next batch I butcher. Anxious to see how they turn out in that form, but all in all we love doing rabbits, they are quite, easy and low maintenance.
 

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I'm making plans for a meat rabbit set up, please let me know what types of cages you all use and where i may fins the cages. i will ne doing this is south louisiana. thanks
 

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We have a combo of 3 types of different cages my husband built 4 of them, which are great for our breeders and can fit a nesting box in them nicely -these are very secure with hardware cloth all the way around. Then and we also have 4 of these type of cages he mounted on the wall two over two: https://www.chewy.com/midwest-wabbi...3495199572&utm_content=Habitat-Smallpet Cages

and we have 2 large dog cages we converted (pictured in this post - we added a wire mesh bottoms and hardware cloth to sides) to be our cages for moms and babies when they out grow the other cages. and the younger ones are able to be in here just fine. When you have a litter of 9 this gives them a lot more room, until we need to butcher, sell or separate
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@Hideaway Pines, Never cooked a caged one before always had wild. I culled 2 at I guess 12 wks and it struck me compared in size to wild they were huge. Are they 2 big to fry quartered. I thought I would quarter the back and be ok but those back legs. How do you cook yours?
 

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We have a combo of 3 types of different cages my husband built 4 of them, which are great for our breeders and can fit a nesting box in them nicely -these are very secure with hardware cloth all the way around. Then and we also have 4 of these type of cages he mounted on the wall two over two: https://www.chewy.com/midwest-wabbitat-rabbit-home/dp/131315?utm_id=401602563&msclkid=2ba452113b0f1da68e603383b379be9a&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping_NC_Small Pet_S_Small Pet_Habitat & Accessories&utm_term=4584963495199572&utm_content=Habitat-Smallpet Cages

and we have 2 large dog cages we converted (pictured in this post - we added a wire mesh bottoms and hardware cloth to sides) to be our cages for moms and babies when they out grow the other cages. and the younger ones are able to be in here just fine. When you have a litter of 9 this gives them a lot more room, until we need to butcher, sell or separate View attachment 88211
Thanks these look great!
 

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@Hideaway Pines, Never cooked a caged one before always had wild. I culled 2 at I guess 12 wks and it struck me compared in size to wild they were huge. Are they 2 big to fry quartered. I thought I would quarter the back and be ok but those back legs. How do you cook yours?
I usually smoke my rabbits. I put two chickens over the rabbits which have all been brined for at least 24 hrs. the rabbits I place in a foil pan and add about a cup of water. I smoke in a vertical smoker, which allows the chickens to drip onto the rabbits. Since they have not skin, they can dry out quickly, but done low and slow they turn out amazing. I cook for about 2-3 hrs then flip the rabbits and cook another hour, then cover the pan with foil and cook until the meat falls off the bone, you will never have them any other way!!
 

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I usually smoke my rabbits. I put two chickens over the rabbits which have all been brined for at least 24 hrs. the rabbits I place in a foil pan and add about a cup of water. I smoke in a vertical smoker, which allows the chickens to drip onto the rabbits. Since they have not skin, they can dry out quickly, but done low and slow they turn out amazing. I cook for about 2-3 hrs then flip the rabbits and cook another hour, then cover the pan with foil and cook until the meat falls off the bone, you will never have them any other way!!
Ooh that sounds good.
 

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