I've read this entire post and no one mentioned American Chinchillas so I will. I have been breeding them for meat for about a year now and find them to be very easy to work with. One of the reasons I chose them is their heritage status and rare breed status...i get meat and can keep them from disappearing from the rabbit world. Mine do not reach the 8 week/5lb mark as of yet but I think that is because I feed fodder instead of pellets(much cheaper). They do reach the 5lb mark by week 10 or 11. I am not so concerned about cost/feed/meat ratios but more so that I know where and what exactly the meat we eat is..no chemicals, antibiotics, no water weight added. just had to add my 2 cents to the thread.We're considering getting into meat rabbits...if we can find a processor in Ohio that does rabbits. We know how to process them ourselves but this will be meat for sale and it must be processed in a state inspected facility.
What breed would you recommend?
Which one has the best meat to bone ration in your opinion?
What about best feed conversion?