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Old 03-27-2020, 12:12 PM   #51
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Man nice job Chew. It is slow here at work so I watched all of the videos. Now I want to do it. Unfortunately my 12yr old daughter and my wife would not let me butcher them because they would get attached to them. LOL
My wife is on board....my vegan daughter....not so much.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:18 PM   #52
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I heard on one YouTube video, so I know for a fact itís true, that a buck and two does could produce 600lbs of lean white meat a year...if the numbers are even close to that, thatís insane


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Someone can probably do the math better than me. But I'll try.


They have a 31 day gestation period and can be bred again immediately. So basically one litter a month. The variable would come in the number of kits born in the litter. But say 8 rabbits per litter (these TAMUK rabbits have been known to have 5 up to 15 according to the breeder I bought from).

So that's 12 litters per year x 8 kits = 96 rabbits. I'm going to be butchering at around 5 lbs. live weight which is a about 3 lbs dressed weight.

So 96 rabbits butchered x 3 lbs each = 288 lbs for one doe.

For two doe: 576 lbs.

So that 600 lb. figure is very obtainable if your average kits per litter is higher than 8.

People with large rabbitries will cull out the does that don't have at least 9-10 kits per litter.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:22 PM   #53
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Thatís around 1.5 lbs a day
You might wanna brush up on your rabbit recipes lol


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Old 03-28-2020, 01:35 PM   #54
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Butchered my 3 meat rabbits this morning. Went pretty smooth. Already got a half one in my belly.

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Old 03-28-2020, 01:40 PM   #55
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Looks delicious, how was it?


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Old 03-28-2020, 02:03 PM   #56
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Very good. I didn't have milk or biscuits so I missed out on the white gravy and biscuits which is my favorite combo.
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Old 03-28-2020, 02:53 PM   #57
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Someone can probably do the math better than me. But I'll try.


They have a 31 day gestation period and can be bred again immediately. So basically one litter a month. The variable would come in the number of kits born in the litter. But say 8 rabbits per litter (these TAMUK rabbits have been known to have 5 up to 15 according to the breeder I bought from).

So that's 12 litters per year x 8 kits = 96 rabbits. I'm going to be butchering at around 5 lbs. live weight which is a about 3 lbs dressed weight.

So 96 rabbits butchered x 3 lbs each = 288 lbs for one doe.

For two doe: 576 lbs.

So that 600 lb. figure is very obtainable if your average kits per litter is higher than 8.

People with large rabbitries will cull out the does that don't have at least 9-10 kits per litter.



Actually, if you don't butcher them, it would be more like (8 x 8) to the 11th exponential.



Or:

1*(((((((((((8x8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8)*8, since my key-board doesn't have an exponential key.
(Based on 12 months)


We won't have to worry about COVID-19. We'll have to worry about RABBID-2021.

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Old 03-28-2020, 02:58 PM   #58
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Butchered my 3 meat rabbits this morning. Went pretty smooth. Already got a half one in my belly.

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That looks delicious!!
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You gonna have to keep up with who's breeding who. Or your gonna wind up with some strange look-n rabbits. Kinda like Arkansas live-n.


I'd suggest looking at building a bigger cage at least.
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:26 PM   #60
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Some Houston ladies saw my nesting boxes and wanted 10. Built them yesterday and today. Got a little extra spending money.
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Those look great Bobby~!
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Old 04-15-2020, 06:10 AM   #62
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Old 04-15-2020, 07:13 AM   #63
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Dang now your a paid carpenter! I'm impressed!
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Old 04-15-2020, 07:15 AM   #64
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Thanks. Beautiful day outside yesterday. Enjoyed building by them.
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Chew, you are doing pretty good work, impressive for sure.
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:14 AM   #66
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Chew, you are doing pretty good work, impressive for sure.
All that while squeezing in a little crime fighting along the way.

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The man is talented!!
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:17 AM   #67
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Thanks guys! Got 4 more customers lined up now. Gonna be busy.

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Chew, you are doing pretty good work, impressive for sure.
The wife won't quit talking about meeting up with Radar to learn about moonshine. =)

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All that while squeezing in a little crime fighting along the way.

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Been a long morning...or short night. Can't remember.
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Old 04-16-2020, 09:28 AM   #68
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Looking good Mr Chew, great idea. Rabbits have been mentioned for years as the ultimate self sufficiency meat that doesn’t take up allot of room. Start you a worm bed under the cage, you have fish bait and worm casting etc for the garden.
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Old 04-20-2020, 12:18 PM   #69
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Just seeing this thread so I’ll have to check out the videos later when I get a chance.
I built all my cages out of schedule 80 pvc. They are really light and easy to move. I move my cages twice a day to keep them on fresh grass and cut down on feed costs. The pvc pens work so good, I’m going to build a big one for my broiler chickens.
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just noticed this thread as well. Fun project!
i was in the rabbit biz for awhile when my kids did FFA, i think i was up to maybe 12 Californian does. I ran into three problems: 1) air conditioning is generally needed to get them to breed in time for show season- not an issue for you. 2) my kids and wife never really loved the meat that much. they didn't object to the flavor but the sharp bones are different from chicken and they never really got on board. 3) the cost of feed.. i was on the hook for lots of bags of fairly expensive pellets. If you have a good source of alfalfa and maybe a wholesale hookup for pellets you can keep costs down. Otherwise i found it not nearly as economical as pigs or chickens.

Bottom line, if your wife thinks it's a good thing, keep it up!
Good luck!
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Old 04-20-2020, 01:41 PM   #72
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just noticed this thread as well. Fun project!
i was in the rabbit biz for awhile when my kids did FFA, i think i was up to maybe 12 Californian does. I ran into three problems: 1) air conditioning is generally needed to get them to breed in time for show season- not an issue for you. 2) my kids and wife never really loved the meat that much. they didn't object to the flavor but the sharp bones are different from chicken and they never really got on board. 3) the cost of feed.. i was on the hook for lots of bags of fairly expensive pellets. If you have a good source of alfalfa and maybe a wholesale hookup for pellets you can keep costs down. Otherwise i found it not nearly as economical as pigs or chickens.

Bottom line, if your wife thinks it's a good thing, keep it up!
Good luck!
The TAMUK Composite Rabbits we are breeding are designed to be heat tolerant. We will see how it goes. We only have 3 now. I butchered 3 meat rabbits a few weeks ago. Just got a buck and 2 doe. Not ready to breed yet. Maybe end of May.
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cool - the big ears should help.
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Old 04-21-2020, 05:45 AM   #74
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Where did you get a hold of your rabbits? I’d be interested in some TAMUK breeding stock. Mine just came from a local feed store one year around Easter. I’m not sure of the breed, but I’m pretty sure I got Rex Rabbits
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Old 04-21-2020, 07:09 AM   #75
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Where did you get a hold of your rabbits? Iíd be interested in some TAMUK breeding stock. Mine just came from a local feed store one year around Easter. Iím not sure of the breed, but Iím pretty sure I got Rex Rabbits
There's not a lot of places. But I'm on a Tamuk Facebook page and I've seen a few. I went to royse city. But I see your south. There is a guy in Freeport that I remember seeing. Let me know when you're ready and I'll help you. We should be having 2 litters around the 1st of July if the breeding goes well at the end of may
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There's not a lot of places. But I'm on a Tamuk Facebook page and I've seen a few. I went to royse city. But I see your south. There is a guy in Freeport that I remember seeing. Let me know when you're ready and I'll help you. We should be having 2 litters around the 1st of July if the breeding goes well at the end of may
Sounds good. Thanks for looking out.
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