Message by Dangerlurking, in tradworker, #homesteading

Fash Dragon 2018-01-31 22:10:49

Meat is murder

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:11:43

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

Fash Dragon 2018-01-31 22:12:43

How much land you on?

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:13:08

A bit over a acre (cleared), but I have a few more acres of woods that are at my disposal

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:13:50

@John Mosby Rabbit meat?

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:14:07

I don't know if that will give you a lot of meat.....

Fash Dragon 2018-01-31 22:14:33

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

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:14:37

Unless you've got one of the giant ones the size of a dog.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:14:41

@Dangerlurking

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).

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:15:11

@Fash Dragon

Most definitely

U can crash at my place, too, if u want

Hadrian 2018-01-31 22:15:23

wish I could come down

Fash Dragon 2018-01-31 22:16:01

@John Mosby I was hoping so!

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:16:42

@Dangerlurking

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

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:17:27

Yhea, I doubt you can feed a whole group with just rabbit meat.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:18:31

That's the first time I have seen discord censor an image.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:18:46

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.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:19:12

Which brings into issue the food supply for them.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:19:34

I put them in a rabbit tractor, and they just ate my grass...no money required to feed em.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:19:47

In a what?

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:20:31

Really? I thought you would have had to gotten something like hay.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:21:19

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.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:21:52

I would be concerned about them getting drenched in freezing cold water if you let them out during the winter.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:22:11

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).

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:22:40

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

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:23:08

Yhea, flies are naturally attracted to shit, and they shit like nothing on earth.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:24:02

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.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:24:36

Wait, have you tried setting up fly net's around the cages so they can't get to them?

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:24:46

I never did...

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:24:57

Mate what the fuck.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:25:01

I only had a problem one time, out of over 2 years.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:25:16

That's like being asked to be eaten alive by flies and mosquito's.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:25:59

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.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:26:11

Yhea, I do.

Dangerlurking 2018-01-31 22:26:29

We also get tons of ticks that have a fairly good chance of having lyme disease as well.

John Mosby 2018-01-31 22:27:14

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.