Message from John Mosby in tradworker #homesteading
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.
That sucks...I freaking HATE ticks...the worst are chiggers, though
Little bugs that get under your skin...they are the WORST
I don't think we get them here.
Thank God we dont get em here, either.
I got em BAD in Missouri before, though
"They are not present, or barely found, in far northern areas" HAH.
I'd never live anywhere those things are prolific...they definitely came from to bowels of Hell.
I woulden't doubt that if you purposefully went out into the swamp and dug through all of the mush and dirt in there you could find a few, but they are only prevalent in tropical and very moist area's, which we don't get in NYS.
The only time it get's extremely moist around here is during the summer before a big thunderstorm strikes.
It gets pretty wet here, but we are lucky to not really have em.
Even when I lived in Houston we didn't have them