Rabbit rearing for profits

Rabbits are one of domestic animals that can be reared for profit making,even if in many developing countries farmers still take them as animals reared by children.

They are easy to look after and dont need so much space. Feeding them is also not so costly as they eat lots of grass which are available in many farms as weeds.

While constructing a house for rabbits, make sure it is dry, clean, airy and free from direct wind.

The hutch is a cage used to house rabbits. The hutch should be sufficiently large, well ventilated and risen from the ground.

It should have enough wind breaks, adequate room for expansion, provide sleeping house with floor spacing of 2 ft x 3ft and a feeding room separate from the main rooms with leak proof roofs, a play rail in front and behind the verandah away from the direction of the sun and wind.

The house should be well ventilated to allow enough air in and out. This controls diseases.

The size
An average sized doe and her litter can be housed in a 1m long by 0.6m wide and 0.4m (3ft long by 2ft wide and 1.6ft high.

The floor of the hutch can be made of either wire netting of 1cm mesh or wooden slats set 1cm apart. The sleeping quarters may have wooden floors, feeding and watering troughs.

It is important that the hutch is divided into exercise and sleeping quarters. Construct the exercise ground by building ladders with the help of timber or sticks raising up to enable them to climb.

Rabbits can be grazed outside when there is plenty of green grass. This system is known as the morant system and in this case, a morant hutch is used.
A morant22 hutch is a basketlike cage which is built and transferred to different grazing areas.

Rabbits are omnivorous animals that eat many food types. To feed, provide them with potato vines, cabbage leaves, black jack, kales, calliandra, maize bran, potatoes, sesbania, mineral lick and clean water for drinking.

Do not place feeds on ground to prevent disease. Always hang feeds on a stand in the feeding area to avoid dampness. Feed animals from a trough to avoid wastage.

Don’t change rabbits’ food too often because they don’t like seeing food often and may refuse to eat it.

Ensure that cold, fresh water is readily available for them

They produce many young ones at ago and do not take long to produce again.

Of late the meat can be sold for consumption in many hotels and for other products like wool.


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