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Cold climate rabbits

Discussion in 'Homesteading' started by rooster85, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. rooster85

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    Good evening everyone, I'm looking to get back into raising rabbits, mainly for meat. For those of us that live in the cold part of the country, how does everybody winterize their hutches or barns? Thanks everyone!
     
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    Might get some info here.
     
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    Good video, thank you.
     
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    I raised rabbits for a while. Big thing I realized really fast is that rabbits like to be on the ground and not elevated in the air. The ground has more of a steady temperature in winter then a breeze blowing below and elevated hutch.

    A friend of mine had rabbits last winter, we had a very cold long winter. He had a chain link inclosure , he put strawbales wall to wall. The rabbits tunnled into the straw and made very warm looking dens. He would pull out loose straw poo material and set it aside for garden mulch and but more straw in the kennel. I would say it was a successful system for happy rabbits and winter.

    Flemish Giant crosses seam to be popular among are friends who enjoy raising and eating rabbits.
     
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    I was going to add that the rabbit bread that we raised was the New Zealand meat rabbits. They were big but some what wild and skittish in nature. The Flemish Giants seam very calm and almost pet like, at least the one i have been around.
     
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    Thank you for the replies, I'll be raising New Zealand X Californians. I like the Flemish rabbits for no reason other than size! I think my rabbit barn would be to small for that breed, maybe in the future though.
     

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