Rabbit Farming

So I came to the realization not too long ago that my Silver Fox breeding program had got to pot. Completely my mistake. I got sidetracked. I culled a bunch of breeding age rabbits in anticipation of a swap of outcross bunnies that didn’t quite work out as planned. Sometimes that happens. No one’s fault.

Well, getting new stock was not easy as I thought it would be but I’ve arranged some that we’ll be going to pick up Sunday morning. I don’t show, I can’t show, I don’t have the time nor can I sit in a room full of rabbits without dying from an asthma attack. I do want to breed to the standard and I was at one time, but I was negligent. I have only one breeding age doe left and an earlier me would have culled her due to lack of size and temperament.

By the middle of November I’ll have two heritage breeds in the barn – Silver Fox and American Chinchillas. Very excited and very blessed to find good stock. Both breeds are listed with the Slow Food Ark of taste as having exception quality. I started with Silver Fox in 2011. I had Chinchillas for a few years, but ended up selling them in favor of just keeping Foxes. Both are lovely breeds.

I took some time this morning taking all of the wire cages out of the barn. Saturday morning, Wally McSwain and I will take the stands out and he’ll use the tractor to clean out under the stands and then we’ll put everything back. That beautiful bowl of lettuce that I showed earlier was grown in compost from rabbit pens.

Rabbits close the circle in a small farm. They’ll happily eat the weeds from the garden, convert those weeds into tasty meat and their manure helps grow more vegetables (and weeds). It’ll take a while to get these bunnies converted to a forage-based diet, but I’m excited about the prospect.

Until later …