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New Urban Survivalist Raising Rabbits For Meat

Watching the front page video a man mentioned raising rabbits for meat. I found this on Youtube and this man goes step by step how to do it. It looks easy and inexpensive. He raises his rabbits in a one car garage in the city. There is hope for us Urban folks. They say it tastes something like chicken.

If a person has chickens and rabbits that would be a wonderful food source and also possible barter with your neighbors.

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You can eat a rabbit, can't do anything productive with a politician.

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You know my husband is not

so keen on rabbit so now I am thinking what about pot belly pigs. LOL

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A hog is better than a politician as well

You can even put lipstick on it.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

I get better return

invested on a pig than a politician too.

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Rabbit is good meat

Rabbit was the second meat; I ate, when I stopped vegetarianism. The only concern about rabbits is the lack of animal fat.

I used to raise rabbits and they are easy, quiet and cheap to feed. When you let their droppings build about 8-12 inches under their cages, fishing worms are readily available, providing an additional source of meat.

Do not keep males together, and females with offspring need to be kept separately caged. The fur has value as well. I wish you luck, and better you eat them than using them to feed your overgrown boas.

Cages are cheap and snap to build with 1x2s, industrial staple gun and pliers.

But =more importantly= DON'T Forget to VOTE Tomorrow

I never succeeded at raising rabbits . . .

when I was young; the mothers always ate the young--

but we have a lot of wild rabbits in our area, and they do eat our garden; we have to have rabbit fencing to protect from them--

rabbits do love:

clover
sunflowers
swiss chard
spinach

they will eat carrot tops, in a pinch. We are preparing for a coop--

for chickens; rabbits just aren't very good at laying eggs--

LOL!

(couldn't resist that!)

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Braised Rabbit... MMMM Good.

Braised Rabbit... MMMM Good. One thing you need is those heavy cast iron pots... From the Fryer to the oven.

I try to get the New Zealand rabbits. They are pretty good in size and will feed the fam.

Murrieta, Ca

Feeding the Rabbits...

I wish the vids would have talked about feeding more...
seems to me...
It could be expensive meat when you factor in
feeding and attrition...

expensive at 2cups/day/rabbit..??

the 'pellets' start to lose nutrition after 6 months...
mold is an issue....

What happens in survival mode when pellets 'run out'?

Would have liked to get some answers from the guy.

I think one advantage to chickens is 'free range' right?

Can we dialog on some of this??
.. i'm having a hard time
wrapping my head around the 'cost' analysis part of
the equation.

Thanks to all with some experience to share.

Here is the way I see it.

We have to be ACTIVELY preparing NOW because when the SHTF it will be to late. What we do know, food will be scarce and if we want to eat WE will have to make it happen there will be no one to turn to.

A garden is a must.
Seed
Compost
Worms
Some sort of small animals if you live in the suburbs
like myself.
I am limited in the types of animals I can keep.
I can have hens but no rooster that means I have to find a farmer every time I want to replenish my supply of chickens. Rabbits seem like a good idea because I could have the male and female to reproduce. I wonder if there are any other small animals that I am over looking I was considering ducks but I think they may be noisy. Hmmm, I wonder if there are small turkeys and if they are quiet?

I figure if our ancestors had them and they were poor then I would give it a go. Fed the animals scraps if they are hungry they will eat anything just like people.

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Agree quilting...

you better be self sufficient long before the SHTF...

Are you worried about the noise of roosters because it may disturb your neighbors, or because it may attract thieves and looters?

When things get that tough, I'd guess neighborhood ordinances & rules won't matter & won't be enforced.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

I am currently worried about

ordinances and neighbors, I guess if the SHTF one of the first things I will do is get me a rooster and keep him in the basement if I have to because being able to replenish the flock will be important.

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It's not that bad

Rabbit food is the cheapest of livestock foods, by a long shot. If you raise a large garden, which you should, then you will have plenty of food for your rabbits, instead of letting it rot when you can't use it all. Timothy grass can make up most of their diet with a few fruits and veggies thrown in for good measure.

I'm pretty sure that "way back in the day", our ancestors didn't carry around rabbit pellets and chicken feed. Use this time wisely and learn how to deal without the conveniences that we take for granted daily.

Again...rabbit food is very very cheap. Not the fancy crap they sell at wally world or the pet stores. We are talking rabbit feed from a regular ole feed store.

Yes, a regular old feed store

not tractor supply or Wal-mart, or pet-mart, etc. Find where people that farm for a living by their seeds, feeds, and fertilizers.

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What Odell said..

Thanks for clearing that up...I forget that some people mistake tractor supply and such for feed stores.

umm...

id stick to just raising a garden. meats really arent my thing, not sure that rabbit is something i can handle.

This was discussed

Last week on another thread,The trick is to raise earthworms in the Rabbit droppings then use the worms to raise catfish.If you get real hungry the worms are also edible if you can pallet them.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

From somebody who has tried doing this:

I tried doing exactly this! Here is a short version of my results (my time is short this a.m., sorry):

Raising rabbits is great. If you have 1 buck and 3 does, you can raise more pounds of meat than if you raised 1 steer per year. Each doe can have 4 litters per year ... certain breeds can have 10 bunnies per liter. Rabbit does taste like chicken. There are hints to help, such as soaking it in salt water right after butchering, etc. I started with my rabbits in the garage ... but learned it is much easier to raise them somewhere where there is a dirt floor. I ended up putting a steel shed in the backyard with a dirt floor ... the urine can soak down, and easy to clean out the manure to use for compost. Rabbit manure is the only manure that doesn't have to break down before it can be applied to the garden.

Raising earthworms is great. It is utterly amazing what the castings can do when used in gardening or even raising houseplants. I am astounded. This is pretty easy and quick once a person gets the hang of it.

Raising catfish was interesting, about which a lot could be written ... just don't have the time now. Long story short, started with 50 catfish fingerlings, ended up with 1 fish of eating size. However with that one batch, I learned how to do it, and could now start with 50 and end up with 45, I'm confident. Of the three things to raise, these take the most work, as far as I'm concerned, unless you have an actual pond to do it in. I started out raising them in a barrel, and ended up with "Sylvester" in an aquarium. But ideally, the water needed changed every day, and that got old after a year! The biggest problem as far as I was concerned is that Sylvester tied me to home ... hard to get someone else to come in and change my fish water every day ... that would be true friendship.

Forget about using the earthworms to feed the catfish, I think. Too time consuming to separate out the earthworms and rinse them off so as not to contaminate the fishwater + a fishfood with higher protein is more ideal. Earthworms not high in protein, I found out after research. For me ... I would recommend finding a "natural" foodsource instead of the commercial fishfood. Someone did a lot of research and found that growth hormone is included in the commercial stuff. I did see one place that mixes their own grains and sells it, but by that time I just had Sylvester so not cost efficient for just him!

OK, have to quit. Hope this is helpful to someone.

Great info,Thanks!

I agree to have a good sized pond in a rural area would be the best with an aerator set up powered by wind.I was also reading that the rabbit droppings themselves are great pond fish food.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Earthworms for the chicken coo(p) too!

We are going to start our worm farm as soon as we get the aquaponics set up going well. We intend to use it as protein supplement for our chickens, too!

And putting a grow bed into the system with Sylvester fixes the need to change water. I agree, the learning curve is brutal with fish. 50 tilapia are now 18... but that is "breeding stock." But that is true about gardening, and raising day old chicks, and pretty much all of life.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

How much did your tilapia cost?

I set up an aquaponics system and am using feeder gold fish until I get system balanced.
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I'm anxious to hear an answer on this too...

the cost of the tilapia that is. The only place I have looked was Ebay and they sell for $35 for 50 mixed sex fry and then $90 shipping. http://alturl.com/8k7bh

The channel cats at our local fishery are 45 cents apiece for 4-6 inch fish, and 65 cents apiece for 6-8 inch fish. So basically $22.50 for 50 fingerlings.

http://dunnsfishfarm.com/fingerling_fish_59_ctg.htm

I have given up on tilapia and will stick to catfish. We are going to put in a third pond that will be dedicated to catfish and ducks. We also have have catfish traps that go into our river and we can harvest close to 100 fish in one day, and have lots of fun while doing it. We do that for a few days and we can fill a few deep freezes with fish.

Catfish feed in water down to 40 degrees, so it just makes a whole lot more sense around here. That and we have fisheries all around this area and catfish are cheap.

Great info Dale...

here and above regarding rabbit food. Knew we could count on you for good practical info, keep it coming.

BTW, I'm looking into stocking my pond in south GA, and prices are $50 per acre, and they will give you 500 brim, 50 bass, and 50 catfish per acre. So, $50 for 600 fish... sounds pretty darn reasonable to me. This is the appropriate ratio for those types of fish living together, they say.

In a healthy pond, properly aerated, I don't think you even need to feed the fish. The plankton should grow, eaten by the nekton, eaten by the minnows, eaten by the fish. Of course feeding will probably help grow bigger fish faster, but is unnecessary.

I think more important than feeding is fishing... you have GOT to fish and take a certain amount of fish out per year or the pond will fail. You should ideally keep records of how much fish you take to get the perfect amount.

This is deviating from the original urban rabbit subject, but very useful to many... let's keep it going either here or in a dedicated thread.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

Don't do that!

According to the SAS Survival guide you can starve to death by living on rabbits.

Here is another link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_starvation

SOLELY on rabbits

And if the day comes that all you have left to eat is rabbits, you will starve more slowly eating them than not eating them.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

I agree,The thing is

A soldier fighting and marching all day requires a lot of carbohydrates, the average person conserving energy would not.Rabbits are very lean and are low in carbs,High in protein though.Must be supplemented with starches.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

potatoes are cheap...

and easy to grow. I believe a person could live on a few greens, rabbits, potatoes, and onions. Get a milk cow and some flour and then you have gravy in the picture! MMMmmmmmm

It's far more cost-effective

It's far more cost-effective and less time-consuming to buy a good quality freeze-dried/dehydrated food. Also, it requires less space.

That is so very self sufficient... not...

How do you plan to eat when the last package is gone? How you figuring buying food is cheaper than raising it yourself is truly a mystery to me... And less "time consuming?" This is my life, I am part of the "circle of life" that provides my nutrition. I spend my days tending animals that provide me with what I need to live, it is not "consuming" my time it is living my life.
Your reply just makes me sad for you.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

Well when the last of

Well when the last of anything is gone one may run out of whatever that item is. That's not the point. You can have complete meals that are ready to be prepared or choose to raise animals which will only provide protein, not a complete meal, once you wait for them to become large enough where slaughtering them is worthwhile.

As for cost, go to efoodsdirect or any of the firms which specialize in dehydrated and/or freeze dried meals and do the math. The cost per meal, an entire meal not just protein, is a pittance.

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Tastes like chicken

lol

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