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Finally! We have baby bunnies. Both does kindled (had babies) at the same time, even though they were bred a day apart.

One doe has a litter of 8. The other is slightly more nervous, so I didn't take her whole nest apart - I think she has 7 or 8.

So, from three rabbits, we now have 18 or 19.

If just for meat, I would butcher at 12 weeks. Because these are dual purpose rabbits and I do want the hides, I will butcher at 16 weeks in order to give the skin time to get a bit thicker.
 

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congrats on your meat department expansion and the addtion of the fur coat outlet

very nice i can't wait to get me some lucky feet and just a thought if a rabbits foot is so lucky why do the rabbits loose them?
 

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Ideas for the hides:

The first is the finished product from the second picture. You take the hide and start in the middle creating a spiral design (1 inch wide until you get to the outer edge of the hide), cut out the spiral, twist until you get a furry cording repeat with each hide, stitch ends together, wrap around frame and use cordage to weave the pieces together (like the old rug kits made from scraps). I will try to pos the full story for how to do it if I can find it again. http://www.primitiveways.com/rabbit_skin_blanket.html

The third is a sleeping bag made of the hides.
 

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Congratulations on the babies! That's a nice addition to the family/stew pot/craft pile. LOL.

I can't wait until I can start raising my own rabbits. I've wanted a bunny fur blanket for as long as I can remember, and I just recently made progress in getting my son to eat rabbit without complaint. Woohoo! :)
 

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Do you butcher them yourself? Wow. I'd like to get rabbits, they are quiet for in the city. But, I know I couldn't kill them.

How to you use the meat?

Baby bunnies are sooo cute.

Very curious.

Thanks
 

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Congrats!!!

Im right behind ya and will be giving you a run for your money this spring as I expand a bit. Not only do I want the meat...I want the droppings for the garden too!!!
 

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Do you butcher them yourself? Wow. I'd like to get rabbits, they are quiet for in the city. But, I know I couldn't kill them.

How to you use the meat?

Baby bunnies are sooo cute.

Very curious.

Thanks
I can kill them. The meat is good used the same way you'd use chicken - but it's more lean.

The fur is useful, and my garden needs the droppings! And there's no mulchpile needed for rabbit poop - it's ready to use immediately.
 

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Congratulations on the babies! That's a nice addition to the family/stew pot/craft pile. LOL.

I can't wait until I can start raising my own rabbits. I've wanted a bunny fur blanket for as long as I can remember, and I just recently made progress in getting my son to eat rabbit without complaint. Woohoo! :)
There are a LOT of babies! I'm off to a better start than I'd imagined.
 

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Congratulations. I raised rabbits for a couple of years. They are easy to care for and have several applications on a homestead setting. Don't forget to try rabbit sausage.
 

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I am looking for a good hand-powered meat grinder. Any suggestions?
Look in your area for restaurant supplier or if you don't mind Ebay they have some for between $30 and $60 that are suppose to be industrial grade. One of the sellers is in Ca so you would save on the shipping.
 
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