When I first started thinking about what animals I wanted to raise for meat, I seriously did not think that I would choose meat rabbits. I figured chickens would be best since I could get eggs too. However, the more I researched raising meat rabbits, the faster they moved to the top of my list.
Pros To Raising Meat Rabbits:
- Excellent source of protein
- Rabbits are not considered livestock, therefore you can raise meat rabbits in urban areas in your garage, backyard, or wherever you have room
- They do not take up a lot of room compared to bigger livestock such as cattle, goats, and pigs.
- They are not noisy. If you are going to actually raise chickens, you must have a rooster. While a lot of cities allow backyard chickens, I am sure your neighbors would not appreciate a noisy rooster crowing at the break of dawn.
- Rabbits are easier to breed than chickens, you don’t need incubators and heat lamps, the does raise their own young until they are old enough to butcher
- Rabbit manure is excellent fertilizer and unlike chickens, it can go directly into your garden without composting it.
- Even the US Navy preferred rabbit meat over chickens on their ships. For every 8 oz of rabbit meat they produced, it would take 12 oz of chicken meat due to rabbits having less moisture in their meat.
- A healthy diet for rabbits is a lot of greens and some other veggies, all of which you can grow in your garden.
- If you have a greenhouse, you can house the rabbits in it during the winter. This not only protects your rabbits from the elements, but it also provides some extra heat so you can grow some veggies during the winter.
- You can tan rabbit hides for crafts or other things.
Cons To Raising Rabbits For Meat:
- Rabbits are very cute and this makes it harder to even consider killing them.
- Most people think of rabbits as pets. I do agree that rabbits make great pets, they are still a great source of meat and have been used for that purpose before they were tamed for pets.
I’m sure there are some things that I’m forgetting but it’s obvious that the pros outweigh the cons. I didn’t even list butchering because let’s face it, you’re going to have to do that regardless of what animal you choose. Raising rabbits for meat is the best choice.