Message from John Mosby in tradworker #homesteading
Meat is murder
I raised meat rabbits for a couple years...I will say it made me sad when I had to kill em...felt better once they were in muh belly
How much land you on?
A bit over a acre (cleared), but I have a few more acres of woods that are at my disposal
I don't know if that will give you a lot of meat.....
I'm coming down on the 17th. Would you permit me to take a tour of the property? I could show you a couple wild food sources if you like
Unless you've got one of the giant ones the size of a dog.
Ya, Rabbit meat is one of the best meats there is...super high in protein, and their poop is the BEST for composting (u technically dont even have to compost it, as it is so clean).
U can crash at my place, too, if u want
wish I could come down
I was raising Californian Rabbits, and u actually get a decent amount of meat off of them.
You pretty much kill the kits, as soon as they ween, which will net u a bit of meat, but if u kill a few, then that is plenty for a stew that will last a few days...cleaning rabbits takes only a few minutes, too
Yhea, I doubt you can feed a whole group with just rabbit meat.
That's the first time I have seen discord censor an image.
It just depends how many u raise...the term "fucking like rabbits" doesn't just come outa nowhere.
I started with 3 breeding pairs, and could hardly keep up with all the babies they produced, and keep producing at a constant rate.
Which brings into issue the food supply for them.
I put them in a rabbit tractor, and they just ate my grass...no money required to feed em.
In a what?
Really? I thought you would have had to gotten something like hay.
A bit in the winter, cuz the grass grows slowly, but I let my grass grow super long, before winter hits, so I have an abundant supply during the slowest growing months.
I would be concerned about them getting drenched in freezing cold water if you let them out during the winter.
I say to feed all the rabbits, I probably spent less than $100 a year (I supplemented them with some hay and pellets during the winter).
I covered the top with a tarp.
Winter is no problem for them...the summer can be a bitch...I lost a few to flies one year
Yhea, flies are naturally attracted to shit, and they shit like nothing on earth.
Ya, I would move the cage a couple times a day, and collect the shit for the garden, after I moved it.
What got my rabbits is when they had babies one time, the flies got to em before I knew they were getting attacked.
Wait, have you tried setting up fly net's around the cages so they can't get to them?
I never did...
Mate what the fuck.
I only had a problem one time, out of over 2 years.
That's like being asked to be eaten alive by flies and mosquito's.
Nah, they generally did fine.
We dont have many mosquitoes here...if u live somewhere with a bunch of em, then u probably would need to put up a net.
Yhea, I do.
We also get tons of ticks that have a fairly good chance of having lyme disease as well.
We get ticks sometimes, but the rabbits seemed to be pretty resistant to them...I rarely found ticks on them, and I would handle them all the time, to keep em docile.
During the late summer, and all of fall, the ticks are EVERYWHERE in west NYS.