Raising Back Yard Rabbits for food and profit

Naked Rabbit

I'd rather be naked than wear fur

I’m a card carrying member of {P}eople {E}ating {T}asty {A}nimals} and the picture caption is funny. Before someone gets nuts about this, my flock is well fed, cleanly housed and well cared for.
They are after all a good meat supply as well as surplus rabbits provide a cash crop to off set the cost of care and feeding them.
I have acquired 2 does and 1 buck at a cost of $16.00 dollars each and plan to began my breeding program starting about the first of January 2010.

Rabbits were about 6 weeks old when I got them and will be 8 months old at first breeding cycle.
They are New Zealand whites.  I have raised this breed before and had good luck with them.
They will weigh in at about 5 – 6 pound as fryers. They produce a nice tender all white meat and if properly cared for have few disease or parasite problems.

My Rabbit Hutch

Rabbit Hutch That I Built

Fried Rabbit: This is a basic pan-fried rabbit recipe , delicious any time of the year. Preparation time, 15 minutes; Cooking time, 40 to 60 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.
all-purpose flour 1/4 cup
salt 1 tsp
black pepper 1/4 tsp
1 fryer rabbit, cut up
olive oil 1/4 cup
1 bottle beer

Combine flour, salt and pepper in plastic bag. Shake rabbit pieces to coat evenly. Brown on both sides in oil in heavy skillet or dutch oven. Reduce heat and add bottle of beer, cover and cook slowly 40 to 50 minutes or until tender. For crisp crust on rabbit pieces, uncover for the last 10 to 15 minutes.<br><br>

One More Rabbit Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 fryer Rabbit, cut into serving pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-cup apple cider
1-cup warm water
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1-tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup half and half

Preparation:
Heat olive oil in heavy covered skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
DO NOT ALLOW OIL TO SMOKE
Place rabbit parts flat on bottom and cook until lightly browned.
Turn each piece and brown on other side.
Salt and pepper to taste
Add water and apple cider; enough to cover meat.
Add garlic
Simmer covered for about 1 hour or until rabbit is tender.
In a small bowl mix flour and half and half to make a thickening.
Remove Rabbit to serving platter and cover
Increase heat to bring mixture to boiling.
Add thickening stirring constantly until mixture is thick and creamy.
Pour mixture over Rabbit pieces
Garnish with sprigs of parsley

This dish is especially good with mashed potatoes.  The sauce makes excellent gravy.

Why is Common Sense so uncommon?

15 responses to “Raising Back Yard Rabbits for food and profit

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  3. Thank you for some great information. I grew with relatives who farmed and had some rabbits. Finally got the wife talked into it -so I`m studying up. I`m sure you don`t pay any attention to the fruitcake vegan comments 🙂 People think meat comes from the supermarket. The big food companies, gov, and Pharm co`s have all but outlawed the Real American Farmer. Thanks again——-stu

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    • Grinning, re. vegetarians, anyone that has such a shallow mind and narrow view, can’t be trusted to have all the facts, before, operating their mouth…

      Thanks for visiting my humble little blog.

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  4. I would like to learn how to raise bunnies. I have had rabbit for dinner before with our neighbor who raised them for food but he did not speak much English so we did not understand all the details in caring for them . I think rabbit tasted really good. Any suggestions would be cool just email us.

    Thank You
    Mark and Natalie

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  5. Jessica Poo I see u

    i hate what you are doing to these animals it is crule. No one will go to your store ever again if they see these poor little animals!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    p.s. I HATE YOU SO MUCH. AND WHAT IF YOU WERE THE ONE BEING TORTURED!!!!!!!! SOON YOU WILL BE!!!!!! I PROMISE THAT, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO! YOU CAN’T RUN OR HIDE!!!!!!!! WATCH OUT, BECAUSE I’M COMING! YOU HORRID RAT!

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog,
      Yes they are very tasty, BBQed, fried, broiled and baked. They are a nice change from, chicken, pork, beef and mutton.

      If you don’t care for rabbit, that’s OK, I have a much higher demand for fresh butchered rabbit than I can supply.

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  7. That first picture you had made me feel a bit sick

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    • Sorry that was not my intent, I intended to demonstrate rabbit is a viable, healthy, cheap meat source.

      Thanks for visiting my humble blog.

      I will try to limit my pic posting to less stressful pictures.

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  8. I think the picture that you have on here is NOT sad at all. I think that it either looks like dinner or about $200! We live on a farm and just tuesday my clothes line looked just like this picture, only with chickens on it as well. Thank you for being so bold to post this pic and I enjoyed the article about your great grandfather and how he raised rabbits…. I think that you should go for it! We raise them for food and they are BETTER than chicken in my opinion. I owuld rather have rabbit anyday! Thanks again

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    • Thanks for visiting my humble blog.

      Sense this posting I have got myself 3 adult New Zealand white rabbits and now have 10 seven week old kits, they will be ready for a freezer bag in 2 weeks I think.

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  9. Victoria and Lily

    the first picture is just soooo sad

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