Rabbit Farming Benefits


Benefits of Rabbit farming

Commercial Rabbit farming is opening up new Sources of Meat Production Across the World. Stating 1.5 Billion Tons of Rabbit Meat in 2017. The Advantages are Many and here is a Small List Below

Rabbit Meat Profitability Table

RabbitsRabbits BornLbs Meat / YearAverage Price / LBTotal Revenue Possible
184252$ 8.00$ 2016
2168504$ 8.00$ 4032
54201260$ 8.00$ 10,080
108402520$ 8.00$ 20,162
2016805040$ 8.00$ 40,320
3025207560$ 8.00$ 60,480
40336010,080$ 8.00$ 80,640
50420012,600$ 8.00$ 100,800
100840025,200$ 8.00$ 201.600
20016,80050,400$ 8.00$ 403,200
Rabbits Have Average 7 Kits (Babies) /Month - Some have had up to 14

I have Quickly Built a Profit profitability Table on Rabbit farming – Please Check My Numbers Formula is this

#Rabbits x Average 7 Per Litter x 12 Litters Per Year x Average 3lbs Dressed Rabbit x average $ 8.00 Price per Lb gives you Yearly Possibility. This is not figuring in any expenses, feed, capital, utilities, vet bill, etc – Just General Possibilities

Rabbit Farming Advantages and Disadvantages

In looking Closely at Rabbit Farming we can examine the advantages that we can find in Comercial Rabbit farming – Here are 16 The Advantages are the Following

  • Current World Market Demand is Rising Each Year
  • Rabbits are Prolific Breeders / Possible 84 Young per year
  • Rabbits are Docile Animals
  • Excellent Source of Meat – Average Dressed Rabbit is 3+ lbs
  • Excellent Source of Fur
  • Excellent Source of Manure / Compost
  • Rabbits can Live 7-10 Years
  • Can be Trained
  • Make Excellent Pets
  • Rabbits Purr When Petted
  • Rabbits can be Indoor Pets
  • can be started as a Small Business even in Backyard
  • Start rabbit Farm with Small Investment
  • Rabbits are very Quiet
  • rabbits do not Require Much care
  • Rabbits can be fed assorted Vegetables/Grass/Hay

Now let’s Look at 9 Disadvantages of Rabbit Farming

  • They Can Bite/Scratch
  • Rabbit Diseases hard to Diagnose
  • Must Be Protected from Predators
  • Shed a lot of Hair
  • Have an Odor
  • Can be Aggressive when Breeding / Territorial
  • Need to Protect them from Extreme Temperature
  • Not Popular in some Markets / Grocery Stores etc
  • Quality Standards – many are Raised on Small Farms

Rabbit Meat Advantages and Disadvantages

As Children, We raised Rabbits in Our Outside Barn. We lived in Ohio so weather was not Extreme – Snowed in the Winters – We ate Rabbit Meat all Year Long. We loved it. My mother fed it to anyone who was visiting with us. No One knew it was Rabbit unless we told them. Here are 11 Advantages of Rabbit meat

  • Rabbits do not Have Strong Game Taste
  • Fast Producers One Rabbit can Produce 252 lbs of Meat Per Year
  • 4 rabbits can produce as much Meat as a Steer per Year
  • Rabbit Meat is very Lean / White Meat
  • Rabbit has Low-Calorie Content
  • Very low in saturated Fat
  • Higher than Many other Types of meat
  • Considered one of the Healthy Meats you can eat
  • Considered a Specialty Meat in the United States
  • It was also Considered a WarTime food
  • Domesticated Rabbit has a Larger Amount of Vitamins and Minerals

Here is a List of 18 Disadvantages of Rabbit Meat

Is Rabbit Meat Healthier than Chicken

In comparing Rabbit Meat to Chicken. As a kid, my mom would Switch the two to see if we could tell. As kids, we could not Tell the Difference – They Both Tasted Delicious. Rabbit is lower in Calories than Chicken Rabbit has less fat than Chicken. See Table Below for a Nutritional Comparison

Rabbit Meat Compared to Chicken Meat

Type of MeatChickenRabbit
Calories172114
Fat9.25 g2.32 g
Protein20.85 g21.79 g
Water69.46 g74.51 g
Protein Energy Content50%81%
Fat Energy Content50%19%
Vitamin B-1.063 mg.03 mg
Vitamin B-2.085 mg.06 mg
Vitamin B-39.908 mg6.5 mg
Calcium11 mg12 mg
Iron .74 mg3.2 mg
Magnesium25 mg29 mg
Sodium63 mg50 mg
Cholesterol64 mg81 mg
Comparing Nutritional Value of Chicken and Rabbit Meat
Eating Rabbits VS Chicken

Dangers of Eating Rabbit Meat

We could only Fine one Danger for Eating Rabbit. It is Generally very Healthy for you. If Rabbit meat was all that you ate you could develop Protein Toxicity also Called Rabbit Starvation / Caribou Starvation.

This Comes from only eating only Rabbit meat for your Complete – for total nutrition does not have enough Vitamins and Minerals to make it your only Food Source. Too much can cause and a Buildup of Ammonia in the Blood.

Can you get Sick from Eating Wild Rabbit

The Dangers of Getting Sick is if you Eat Rabbits that are Infected with a Disease. Some of those Diseases are

  • Rabbit Fever also called Tularemia
  • It is Safest to Eat rabbits in the Colder Months – Because of Tularemia
  • Tularemia can be passed through the blood, so contact in an open wound or scratch from an infected Rabbit it can be transmitted
  • In the Wild an Infective Rabbit Usually Dies within a few months of being infected – usually from the bite of a Flea or Tick.

Can you get Sick eating Domestic Rabbit

Yes, If Rabbit Meat is Not Cooked Properly. Rabbit can carry many diseases that can make people sick. Rabbit Fever, Parasites that might be in the Meat. But again unless you are eating Raw Rabbit Meat – Consumption is very Safe

Why is Rabbit Meat bad for you

It Is not unless that is your whole diet. You would get Protein Toxicity – also called Rabbit Starvation and Caribou Starvation – referring to hunters that their whole diet would be only meat. So that you can eat the number of calories you need, but greatly lacking in all the other Nutrients.

Or Unless you don’t cook it

Eating Wild Rabbit with Myxomatosis

You can spot Myxomatosis in Rabbits by the Rabbit Having Lesion, or White Spots on Its Liver. When taken to a Vet they Usually put the Bunny to sleep.

Rabbit Symptons Include some of the Following

  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Swelling of Eyes – Facial area
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Eyelids crusted Close

Myxomatosis is not Passable to Humans. But it is always advisable to check Meat before you consume it. Food always needs to be cooked at 165 Degrees or above to kill anything Living in the meat.

Who Eats and Buys Rabbit Meat

The Last Rabbit Meat Consumption Usage Worldwide was in 2017 – The Dollar amount of that was $ 6.4 Billion in US dollars ( 1.5 Million Tons Of Rabbit Meat) the Article also stated that it was an 12% increase over the previous year. Forecast is that the market will continue to grow to 1.8 Million Tons by 2025. That will give you something to project with’

  • China – 925,000 Tons
  • Korea – 154,000 Tons
  • Egypt – 57,000 Tons

Each Year about 1.2 Billion Rabbits are raised fro Meat Production Markets.

Following Research This will give you data as far as country Consumption it is Old Numbers 2012 but at least allows you to Prioritize which Countries Eat the Most Rabbit

Country 2012 by Rabbit Meat ProductionTons / Year
North America887,481
Central America339,334
South America327,849
North Africa89,012
Western Europe64,338
Eastern Europe5,573
Central Asia4,360
West Asia1,138
East Asia318

Rabbit Farming Diseases

  • Pasteurella multocida also is known as Snuffles
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica – Respiratory Disease
  • Staphylococcus aureus – Sore Feet
  • Moraxella catarrhalis – Eye Infections
  • Pnuemonia
  • Coccidiosis
  • More Rabbit Diseases – Purina
  • Total List of Rabbit Diseases – PetMed

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