Easy Guide to Rabbit Farming (a Lucrative Business)


Hello wonderful readers, today I'm going to talk about something I enjoy doing and I hope you learn from my experience so far on rabbit farming. It's about two years I and my family ventured into rabbit rearing with little knowledge and instructions from some young people. However, it's been a wonderful experience, of course, it's not been totally easy but trust me, it's been worth it.  Rabbit farming is known as cuniculture and it can be done at a small scale or large scale for sale (including exportation). Rabbits are adorable animals raised as pets, for consumption, for wool or pelts. They are quite a very active company. The down side to keeping them is that when they fall sick (from my experience), there's a little hope for survival except if you get a qualified veterinarian for treatment immediately. Cuniculture generally is a very interesting and lucrative business. 

Birth: A doe after mating and putting in, delivers in exactly one month. Signs of pregnancy includes: aggressiveness (over here, towards broom and my hand a few times 😂), a little inactivity (they're very active on a normal note), weird appetite or a loss of appetite for some time, increase in fur, stomach size, feeding and general body weight. Their mammary glands may become a bit more visible. Funnily enough,  before we started rearing them, we didn't even know that they feed their bunnies with mammary glands, I didn't even know that they have  😂.  A day to delivery or on the day of delivery, they start furring (they remove fur from their bodies to create a comfortable, warm bedding for their bunnies before delivery and protect them from danger by blocking holes they might crawl into with the fur).

Incredibly, they give birth without external help and take care of their young ones. They clean their bodies (by licking), breastfeed them and keep them in the bedding. Any bunny that doesn't breastfeed after birth for too long is at the danger of dying. However, these natural mothers (these does) know how to take care of their bunnies appropriately.

Feeding: Bunnies feed on breast milk but get weaned at two months. Before absolute weaning, they gradually start trying other meals the doe feeds on. Rabbits eat a lot of variety ranging from greens to pellets. The combination of both provides them with sufficient calories and protein needed for growth, sound health and productivity. They eat a lot of greens like: lemon grass, sun flower, banana/plantain leaves and plants, tonic plant; pellets (a nutritious meal that contains several food substances for rabbits), yam peel, carrots, cabbage etc. Make sure you rinse the plants properly and peels before giving them. 

Management: Rabbits should be monitored properly, they can be a bit mischievous 😂 especially by wanting to try out their teeth on things around. Their environment must be hygienic and rid of harmful substances. They shouldn't be exposed to insects as well. Make sure their pee and excreta are properly removed from their cage or room.  If you're using a room, make sure it is clean and well ventilated.  

Do not keep them in places where they will be prone to predators. 


Productivity: For a doe to be fertile, it must have nutritious meals. Malnutrition may lead to infertility, miscarriage, resorption or birth of weak bunnies and loss of some of them eventually. A healthy doe may give birth to 4, 8, 9, 10 - 12 etc. Our first doe gave birth to 4 first,  at another time 10 and recently, 9. They can give birth 3-4 times a year which makes the business very lucrative. To know if your doe is ready to mate again, check out if the bunnies have been properly weaned, if it has fully recovered it's weight and fur. 

Advantages 

Rabbits are very reared and kept for several reasons. 

1. Scientists make use of them for researches on cancer, diabetes, male fertility, vaccines etc. 2. They are also consumed (they're highly proteinous and they're very tasty). 

3. Exportation: China amongst other countries export them in large scale. It is a good business. 

4. Some people make use of their pelts for production. 

5. Certain types of rabbits such as Angora, American Fuzzy etc produce wool instead of fur and their wool are used for sweaters which are way warmer than sheep's. 

6. Rabbits are kept as pets in several households as well. These among others are good reasons why you can venture into cuniculture. Hope you've learnt something valuable today.

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