What age/weight to process rabbits?
At what age or weight should we begin 'processing' our rabbits? Our New Zealands are 12 weeks now. Articles I've found to read on the topic suggests that this is about the right age for fryers (actually, I think I read that 8 weeks was optimal). I'm beginning to get myself ready, but I'm not sure they are. They seem smaller than I expected them to be. Dad is a solid specimen so I expect they would get thicker eventually.
We've kept them on wild greens and rabbit pellets since weaned. They're not puny or under-fed. (I can't feel their ribs). Color, eyes and droppings are a normal. They seem to be as healthy as can be.
Still, I looked over a fryer carcass at the market the other day fetching $6.99 per pound! (Didn't know I was raising such delicacy). It weighed about 3 lbs. Dressed out, I'm not sure ours would quite top out at that, so I'm waiting for now. Should I give them another few weeks?