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Breeding Methods

Posted by Shannon on October 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The following information is from the Rabbit Education Society website and is a very clear and concise description of various breeding methods used by rabbit breeders.

Breeders also use several different breeding systems:


Inbreeding: Mating individuals who are closely related such as father/daughter, mother/son. Brother/sister combinations are also used on occasion as test matings to determine ge...

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5 C's of Raising Quality Rabbits

Posted by Shannon on October 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This is an excerpt of an article written by the owner of  Shiny Satins Rabbitry


5 C's of Raising Quality Rabbits 

1. Culling and careful selection (a.k.a. genetics) 

2. Cleanliness 

3. Consistency 

4. Care (or Calmness—avoiding stress). 

5. Culling and careful selection again


To read the entire article, visit...

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Proposed Changes to the Animal Welfare Act

Posted by Shannon on June 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have not read the ACTUAL proposed changes to the

Animal Welfare Act which is administered by the USDA and APHIS,

here they are:


http://http/www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2012/05/pdf/docket_APHIS_2011_0003.pdf


My three biggest concerns with the proposed changes to the

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My Rabbit Medicine Chest

Posted by Shannon on June 1, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (4)

Most of this is available at Feed Stores or Tractor Supply Company online, and Walmart or the drugstore for the general first aid stuff.


*ProBios Paste - Equine formula (enteritis issues)

*GasX strips or simethicone drops (gas issues with enteritis)

*Tums-fruit flavored (calcium boost for kindling does)

*Injectable Penicillin: I have PenG w/Procaine (mastitis)

*Powdered and injectable tetracycline (vent disease)

*Triple antibiotic ointment, no p...

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Where?

Posted by Shannon on May 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Alrighty! You have decided on a breed (or three or four!) and now you just need to figure out where to keep them. Sounds simple enough....you will need the following:


1) A cage, or cages

2) A place to put said cage/cages

3) Somewhere to purchase said cage/cages

4) A way to keep said cage/cages clean and tidy


At first glance, these don't seem too difficult. However, once you start really looking into it, the chal...

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What Rabbits?

Posted by Shannon on February 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (2)

So, now you have figured out why you want to raise rabbits and have decided to forge ahead. Good for you! The next question that you should ask yourself is, "What (kind of) Rabbits do I choose to raise?" The answer to this question depends on a few factors...


What is your primary goal in raising rabbits?

  •  You are wanting to provide your family with a healthy, sustainable source of meat. Virtually *any* rabbit can be raised for meat, but some are better than o...
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Why Rabbits?

Posted by Shannon on October 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The most important question to ask yourself BEFORE you run out and buy a bunch of rabbits is....WHY? Why do you want to raise rabbits? There are a few typical answers:


1) I want to raise my own healthy, sustainable source of meat for my family.

2) I want/my familywants to participate in 4H, FFA, or other rabbits shows.

3) I want to raise rabbits to sell for pets.

4) I want to raise rabbits for their wool. (Yes, rabbits can have wool... :) )

And lastly...

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Welcome to Rabbit-Ville!

Posted by Shannon on September 26, 2011 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

So, you have decided to try your hand at raising rabbits...I mean, how hard can it be, right? They multiply like...well...like rabbits, don't they? Not always.

There are a few very important things to consider BEFORE you run out and buy your first rabbits. This blog will focus initially on those things, and then branch out to other related topics and ideas. If you have suggestions on topics, feel free to let me know.

As with many other adventures, rabbit raising begins with a few...

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