Are you aware what canning is? It takes a pressure canner to can meat. Rabbit, beef, venison, chicken. We can rabbit & chicken in large mouth quarts and beef & deer in pints.Great info! So how did you store the meat so you can keep if frozen for months or etc? Do you need a special tool or kit for doing this or is it pretty simply? Also what was the cost of the upkeep for the rabbits?
I will be honest also, no disrespect? Just let me recommend that you read all there is on this blog about rabbits, canning & canning methods. Start from scratch and do your homework and learn what is taught here. Then, come back, I can then fill in the gaps?To be honest I'm not really familiar with canning. I was thinking you had to get some type of vacuum sealer or special freezer paper to wrap it in. So you can can meat? does it need to be frozen then? How long is it good for and how does it taste? I love learning so much from this forum!
Jester, just ignore rudeness like this. Some people are just unhappy people.I will be honest also, no disrespect? Just let me recommend that you read all there is on this blog about rabbits, canning & canning methods. Start from scratch and do your homework and learn what is taught here. Then, come back, I can then fill in the gaps?
Maybe your a troll? Holding your hand isn't for me, sorry. Good luck.
After a while, you will learn when your getting jerked around. Fed a line of S***t! Anyway maybe, just a "wondering" will get of their butt hocks and do something for themselves. A lot of questions, just for sake of conversation, I guess? They still don't understand a word you said. Maybe take your advice? Probably not.Jester, just ignore rudeness like this. Some people are just unhappy people.
Anyway, raising rabbits is like anything else. You can spend as much as you want. If you only keep a couple of does and really like eating rabbit, which you cannot beat fried rabbit, it is my favorite, you can simply freeze them and eat them up by the time the next two litters are ready to harvest. Rabbits are easy to raise. Biggest problems you have will be hutches out of wood, they will eat it down, second, some mothers will eat their young. If you get a seasoned doe you shouldn't have a problem. Also, the little ones are so cute at 8 weeks old, and are very playful, so just don't get attached. Ha. Just read up on it a bit, learn the basics and then try your hand at it. If you decide you don't like it, then you can sell the stock or put them in the pot, which is what you have to do with older rabbits, make them into stew. I would personally recommend the Californian's, to me they are the perfect meat rabbit. Oh, last thing, just read up on how to handle rabbits, they have some nice claws and can use them if you pick them up the wrong way. Good luck and enjoy the process. Life is the journey, not the destination. Good eating.
I think our heat is what killed my pet bunny. dang it gets hot here. none of the animals like it.I did it and enjoyed it, had some success but struggled with keeping them going in the Texas heat. There is a surprising amount of meat on a typical NZ White fryer. I spent maybe $200 total to get going, including 2 does and 1 buck then 2 more does when I lost the first 2 in the heat, some miscellaneous material to build the hutch, water bottles feed etc. Even after I had stopped raising them I had several in the freezer that I sadly lost when the freezer was unknowingly unplugged for a month (that is a surprise when you open it!)
The summer months are tough, the buck goes sterile when the temps get into the 80's and those two summers were very brutal in Texas, sometimes the night time lows were 90 degrees! I would give them frozen two liter bottles of water, hang wet towels over their hutches-it was just tough.
Someday when I can relocate or build better facilities I will try again.