A Primer on Backyard Meat Rabbit Raising Practices


by Mary-Frances R. Bartels
of Rudolph's Rabbit Ranch and Waterfowl Farm

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ATTENTION Meat Rabbit Breeders: If you are interested in selling breeding stock to new or expanding backyard meat rabbit raisers please ask to be included on my breeders list — one of, if not THE, very first rabbit breeders list on the Internet, and probably the only one specializing in meat rabbits. The most desired breeds are New Zealand and Californian, but other breeds, are also included. Breeders with meat-type goals such as large, frequent litters are preferred. Please e-mail me with the rabbitry's (if applicable) and owner's names, address (at least city & state), phone number (optional), list of breeds (you may include any non-meat breeds as well), and web site URL (if applicable). Also, indicate if you ship rabbits or not. If you have a website a reciprocal link would be appreciated. This service is completely free. Thank you!

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Link to Amateur Radio

Believe it or not, but raising rabbits has a connection to the amateur radio hobby. Having a deep freezer is an almost necessary piece of equipment for anyone raising meat animals, or, for that matter, anyone with a large family. The page author decided to get an extremely energy efficient freezer designed specifically with alternative energy usage in mind. A small, but slightly oversized, solar system was developed and installed. When FCC licensed in 1996, she decided to start using the excess solar electricity to power her amateur radio rigs. So, if it hadn't been for the rabbit hobby, it is likely that KIDZ would not be as prepared to serve her community during emergencies as she is today. Note: That Sunfrost freezer lasted for nearly 20 years before expiring.

Many folks interested in having a backyard meat rabbit operation are concerned with self-sufficiency. Being licensed as an amateur radio operator fits well with this goal as it provides an alternative to the common modes of communications. For more information on starting in this exciting hobby click here.


The information contained here is gained from experience and research by Rudolph's Rabbit Ranch. Anyone using this information does so at their own risk. RRR claims no responsibility for damage resulting from the use of this information.

Products and brand names mentioned are merely for informational purposes and are not endorsements of said products.

Though the author has been a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, views and opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of ARBA.

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