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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Ever considered keeping rabbits?  Reply with quote

Anyone keep table rabbits ?

Just after I got married (1980) I persuaded my then very much a townie wife that it would a good idea if we kept some table rabbits. It just so happened that a friend on the allotments was selling a huge bank of home made wooden hutches, along with its inhabitants and it seemed like a very good idea.
There were nine individual hutches and about thirty rabbits that came with them. We had  a huge New Zealand White buck and four or five Californian doe's, plus youngsters of varying ages that came with the package.
Well from there on in, we ate rabbit, rabbit and yet more rabbit, until after a few months neither of us wanted to ever see another rabbit again ! A bit like father Ted, we probably dreamt of rabbits. Did I just say rabbit again?

We ate roast rabbit, curried rabbit, Kentucky fried rabbit and my favourite of all,  Rabbit surprise.

I was killing those rabbit at around ten weeks old and they were dressing out at well over 3lbs in weight. They tasted delicious too but you can always have too much of a good thing. Eventually my wife started to sell the baby rabbits to the local kids as pets and with each sale, she would breathe a sigh of relief. Another one she didn't have to eat.
If you're into growing your own fruit, veg and meat, then rearing rabbits for the table is definitely an option worth considering but just be careful you don't go OTT like I did. They breed like rabbits you know.                                      
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do! Or did rather, when we moved house I lost my buck, so until I can replace him we won't have rabbits for a while!

I kept New Zealand's, and killed at 10-12 weeks. Beautiful meat rabbit and also have fabulous personalities. My buck often came into the house and slept in the dogs bed when we left the back door open. He was a cracking big lump.

I couldn't recommend rabbits more to be honest, the NZW's are a lovely animal and require very little effort especially if you can make them a run to move around the garden. A cup of grain between 8 of the kits a day and they came out just lovely.

They did end up getting spoiled a little but my grandfather who despite teaching me all I know I know is a soft lump.

If I could replace that buck I'd be very happy



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polaris



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do! Or did rather, when we moved house I lost my buck, so until I can replace him we won't have rabbits for a while!

I kept New Zealand's, and killed at 10-12 weeks. Beautiful meat rabbit and also have fabulous personalities. My buck often came into the house and slept in the dogs bed when we left the back door open. He was a cracking big lump.

I couldn't recommend rabbits more to be honest, the NZW's are a lovely animal and require very little effort especially if you can make them a run to move around the garden. A cup of grain between 8 of the kits a day and they came out just lovely.

They did end up getting spoiled a little but my grandfather who despite teaching me all I know I know is a soft lump.

If I could replace that buck I'd be very happy.




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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being a little long in the tooth, it took me a while to get to grips with your photo. What with the washing carousel, the rabbit run and the garden trampoline all in the same picture, it took some working out.  
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Being a little long in the tooth, it took me a while to get to grips with your photo. What with the washing carousel, the rabbit run and the garden trampoline all in the same picture, it took some working out.  


Hehe yup, not a great angle admittedly! Lazy bunnies!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No!!!!!!!!!

Couldn't kill'em!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can not eat rabbit [Kashrut laws] so I have no idea what they taste like, but I am sure that Tikva would be only too happy if presented with one.  Preferably small, unskinned or gutted.

Chomble chomble crunch crunch crunch.


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