Meat Rabbit Farming
Hello everyone I am new to rabbit raising but I raised chickens in the past. I have some questions but first I will throw out my thought process.
Start off with I want 2 bucks and 2 does, 1 M/F Californian 1 M/F New Zealand White. I will breed the the pure breeds ONCE to produce pure kits. I will then crossbreed kits for harvest on future sessions. End result will be 2 bucks of each breed and 3 does of each. Total of 10 rabbits (spares in case a male dies or doe doesn't like one buck)
I plan to feed them a 15% protein pellet ($10 per 50 pound bag) and Timothy Hay (will by a ton in small bales at major discount) I always like to keep a years supply in case something happens for example the economy goes south I can produce a lot of meat for my family.
My questions are these.
1)My main question is how long can I keep the hay and how long do pellets last?
2)How much does a adult rabbit eat per day (on average not look for exact)
3)Anyone have a good site for plans for rabbit cages?
4)How to choose quality stock for breeding, what should I look for exactly?
5)Is there a good book I could buy that would help answer most my questions?
Thank you very much for clicking on my thread and giving this a read. I appreciate anyone who can offer any advice or help.