Adding Rabbits

A few years ago we had a neighbor that raised rabbits for meat.  We decided to call him and find out if he had any to sell so we could add rabbits to our Ranch.

We found out he had just sold all his rabbits since his kids were all grown up and leaving home.  So, we told him our dream of having rabbits as meat, he told us to come get all his rabbit cages.

We got there and he had about 12-15 hutches, he told us to take everything we could fit in the truck and trailer.  After loading them all up into the truck and trailer he told us “You’re going to be really into rabbits!”

He was right! For my birthday I went out and got 4 rabbits, 1 male and 3 females.   The next day I went out to check on them and discovered that our male had escaped.  I figured he had just ran away. I went and bought another male from the same family I had bought the other male the previous day.

When I got home my husband had told me that he had found my other male rabbit! So we now had 2 males and 3 females.  I decided I wanted to make it so we had rabbits every 2 weeks, so I found another female and brought it to the ranch.

We now had 4 females and 2 males, and so we began the mating process.  We so far have tried 6 times and still no success in getting any baby rabbits.  So we did some more research only to discover our rabbits were not old enough to mate and have babies.

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Starting Our Ranch

When we knew our dream of having a ranch started to become a reality, we started learning what animals would be good to have on 3.5 acres, and that we could easily slaughter ourselves.  We knew we wanted to have chickens, ducks, rabbits and pigs.

We already had some outbuildings for chickens and rabbits.  So, we decided to go ahead and find some chickens to fill our chicken coop.  We found a local farmer that had some chickens for sale.   We were told there was 5 hens and 2 roosters.

We brought them home and left them in the coop for a few days with food and water.  After about a week we started letting them out of the coop and letting them free range through the yard.  Each day they would go back to the coop and we would lock them up.  As the weeks went by the chickens stopped coming back to the coop.  We now only had 4 chickens left.  We quickly learned that we had 3 roosters and 1 hen.

In the past we had raised chickens and knew when there are too many roosters trying to be in charge, there is problems.  So, we decided it was time to take what we had previous learned about slaughtering a chicken in under 2 minutes and try it out.

45 minutes later I had slaughtered my first chicken!

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We had been told that if you slaughter a chicken and let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours the meat

is more tender.  So we threw it in the fridge and the next night it became the topping to our pizza.

The kids told us it was the best BBQ chicken pizza they’d ever had!  It was delicious!IMG_2135