well ide posted early this season about some rabbits i had gotton to breed. well i started out with two satin does and one mini lop buck. well not the best of meat rabbits both both good eaters. i began breeding them just a few weeks after recieving. the first two litters i lost. nest boxes were to big. i did some reading and built some better boxes for thier size. second litter came with 15 and 12 are now 3 months old. time has gone on and now ive really been studying up. the little ones known as mongrals are not growing quite as fast as a fryer should. they should be 4lbs around 8-9 weeks. they are big enough now to eat but i was gonna breed some in early dec at 6 months. ive since learned that feeding cleaned oats to youngsters allong with pellets they will gain faster. i now have a second litter that will be weaning in another week and they will kindle "birth" again two weeks after that. a good healthy doe can and should on adverade produce 6 litters of 6 each year. thats 36 per doe per year. i attended my first show last sunday. i was hoping for rabbits of good quality for sale. i have been wanting californians. there ranked as the second best meat rabbit behind the new zealands. i lucked out as my wife happened to know a girl there and as we talked i was telling her about getting some good meat breeders and something of good quality that the boy could take and show. PUREBREADS. well she introduced me to a fella whow raised new zelands. i ended up getting a breeding pair 6 months old. the buck had just won best 6-8 of the breed. awesome. 6 months and show quality for $20 each. so now im waiting on the pedigree papers in the mail. the 2000 adveradge price for new zealand whites was $25 for jr's and $45 for sr's. thats good potential to off set feed costs by selling some offspring. heck its kind of fun. im right now learning vetanary,lol.well i have 4 rabbits with snuffles, pheumonia. i tried terramycin "antibotic" powder in the water, with no luck so yesterday i began daily injections of pennicillin. i havent seen anyone here yet that currently raises them. surly someone does. the new zealands are 6 months and weigh 9.5 lbs. thats some meat,lol. i started with 3 and have only bought the two new zealands since and have 27 total now with litters on the way. with my love of meat i have only tried domestic rabbit once many years ago. with domestics there nothing like a wild rabbit containing only white meat. according to the books that a successful rabbit raiser can butcher 5 rabbits two one chicken. heres how they compare. USDA statistical breakdown meat / protien / fat / callories per lb rabbit - 20.8 - 10.25 - 795 chicken - 20.0 - 11.0 - 810 veal - 18.8 - 14.0 - 910 turkey (med fat) - 20.1 - 22.2 - 1190 beef - 16.3 - 28.0 - 1440 lamb (med fat) -15.7 - 27.7 - 1420 pork (med fat) - 11.9 - 45.0 - 2050 rabbit is extremly low in calories and high in protien compaired to other meats. it also with fine grain and chewy textuer fills a person up faster with small portions. by not chasing after them i need fewer calories,lol. i also am into taxidermy and will be tanning the hides from my fryers. first in gonna try and make me an old timers suit. i mean full body hat caot pants and all out of fur. i think it would be awesome to squirrel or hunt with my muzzeloader for deer in a full rabbit fur suit. that will give me a taste of the past. then i will look into other sources of income with the fur. i also will be using some big ones (mostly dry bucks) to make jackalopes for sale. ive seen them on ebay selling for a few hundred dollars. with the tecnology today with the fake antlers available for these and the domestic rabbit ,game laws will not effect these. ive yet to mount a rabbit but have done a few of my own squirrels with great results. well here are some pics of my rabbits. just show the kids, dont let em read the post,lol.