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Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
New litters!
« on: August 24, 2015, 02:00:40 pm »
Last time round my three New Zealand White does had 8 kits each.

This time I have one with 8 and this one with what I think is at least 11  :excited:

Bloomer has my third doe now and I think he had at least 6 with that one.

Anyone for rabbit?  :excited:

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bloomer

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  • Joined Aug 2010
  • leslie, fife
  • i have chickens, sheep and opinions!!!
Re: New litters!
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 02:02:10 pm »
Me, oh woops I already have them doh...

nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: New litters!
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 04:21:45 pm »
I've been reading Tim Tyne's articles on rabbits in country smallholder and it does look like a good source of meat BUT the vet nurse side of me still thinks in terms of pampered pet  so I just can't make up my mind

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 04:55:07 pm »
pampered pets?

Why ever would you think such a thing?  :innocent:


Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: New litters!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2015, 05:08:14 pm »
 :love: :bunny:

Bionic

  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Talley, Carmarthenshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2015, 05:16:33 pm »
Love that picture  :thumbsup:
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Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2015, 05:25:11 pm »
I'll get a better one soon, I have about 50 here now!

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2015, 06:10:03 pm »
OMG!!!! Just TOO cute!  :love:
Is it time to retire yet?

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: New litters!
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2015, 08:22:32 pm »
can I ask how you kill them as we used to breed rabbits and found the culling quite difficult.

Caroline1

  • Joined Nov 2014
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2015, 10:04:31 pm »
Very cute bunnies. Are they for meat or pets?
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Caroline

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2015, 10:10:31 pm »
Air pistol through the top of the head.

Clarebelle

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Orkney
Re: New litters!
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2015, 06:59:13 am »
For various reasons, mostly because a lot of folk nearby wanted to buy pet rabbits from us, we only recently culled some of ours. We had one in a casserole at the weekend and it was by far the best rabbit I've ever had. You didn't have to worry about it being tough like some wild rabbits but it was still full of flavour. Well worth it I think!  :bunny:

shygirl

  • Joined May 2013
Re: New litters!
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2015, 07:22:59 am »
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Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2015, 09:51:06 am »
Very cute bunnies. Are they for meat or pets?

Mixture of both Caroline.

Originally I started with them for meat but prior to Christmas the first year I kept them I was asked for a couple as pets.

I stuck about 2 dozen up for sale on the local pet pages and got £20 each for them.

Now I do like eating rabbit but I'd rather have £20!  :thumbsup:

So yes they are for meat, I usually maintain a breeding group of two bucks and four does which breed pretty much non stop through the warmer months, mainly so I can feed them on grass and vegetation, the smaller ones are great lawnmowers.

Big ones like to dig!  :innocent:

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: New litters!
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2015, 09:57:58 am »
Shygirl, I tried the fixed hoop for dislocating their necks just by pulling but didn't like it.

You can buy rabbit stunners but expensive at around £100.

I didn't fancy hitting them with a blunt object etc so the air pistol seems the perfect solution.

No holding the rabbit at weird angles or distressing it with the air pistol, i just pick them up and place them on the grass, wait till they start eating and shoot it in the head from about 2 inches away.

best way i've found to do it, dead instantly


 

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