Rabbit Husbandry

  • April 13, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Rabbit husbandry is a great way to supply your home with meat.  They can be raised in small spaces, urban settings, and are far less conspicuous than chickens, if you are in a neighborhood that might frown on raising chickens.  In addition to taking very little overall space, there a a great many other benefits to raising them.  They are easy to handle, convert feed to meat efficiently, can provide your garden with amazing manure, are reasonable to breed, easy to butcher, are ready for harvest in 14-16 weeks, and they are delicious!

In the class we will cover the basic needs of a rabbit, feed options, housing options, how to select breeds and foundation stock. Information will be presented, with time for questions.  Amy will have a prepared rabbit available for sampling.  After the presentation and meat sampling, which will take place inside, we will head outside to look at Amy's rabbitry, see rabbits in various stages of development, as well as the adult breeding herd. The day will end with the butchering of a rabbit (optional attendance).

COST: sliding scale of $15-30.  This fee must be paid ahead of time in full for this class.  Details on how to do so will be sent to you after you rsvp yes.

Amy started raising rabbits with a community of folks, 2 years ago.  The trio of rabbit raisers selected a breed to raise, and have been working through the learning curve together.  There are now nearly a dozen folks raising the D'Argent breed, locally, which is allowing for a great community, as well as improving of the breed.  Amy has a small homestead in Barrington where she and her family raise heritage chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs and a family cow with her bull calf, as well as a budding garden.

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  • Rose G.

    I am also interested in an event about raising rabbits for food! I had rabbits many years ago for my children but did not raise them for food. I am thinking of having rabbits first .....before adding chickens.

    September 18, 2013

  • Becky

    Hi there! I stumbled upon this page through a google search for heritage rabbit breeds in NH- will there be any events similar to this coming up? My husband and I would like to get into raising rabbits for meat.

    September 16, 2013

  • Ruth de J.

    Excellent! The information was concise and relevant and the demonstrations were awesome- really took the fear out of the whole butchering process. I took notes on the outline and took video of the out-of-doors part of the program- AWESOME!

    April 15, 2013

  • Rose G.

    looking forward to it!

    April 12, 2013

  • Tony

    Hey Amy, I wanted to let the group know that I have 4 Breeding Trios currently available. They are young, but are ready to begin breeding. They are a hybrid I have spent years working on that I have now gotten to a point where they are large rabbits with small bones. Feed to Meat Conversion ratio is fantastic! They are gorgeous too.

    If anyone is interested let me know.

    April 10, 2013

  • Karen

    Is there a class that I can take that will help me get past the perceived horror of butchering a bunny?

    March 23, 2013

    • Amy A

      I expect that Amy O will discuss that to some extent in this class!

      April 1, 2013

    • Amy L.

      I promise it's nowhere near as bad as you think. I was unsure about it myself and then it was like, Oh wait, it's over? Pain free, barely a mess, and now we raise (and butcher) our own rabbits. This is a great class from Amy O!!!

      April 9, 2013

  • Jacob T.

    Was wondering what local native breeds were and heritage breeds for breeding and raising purpose. May get to bring a half pint as well? idk.

    April 7, 2013

    • Amy A

      Hi Jacob, Amy will definitely talk about breeds, mostly heritage, I believe. You are welcome to bring a youngster... the butchering aspect of the class happens last, and people will have the opportunity to leave if they aren't up to being part of that.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Amy - I'm afraid I won't be able to attend, as I had planned. I hope this allows enough time for someone else to take my place. Looks like another great instruction; I really enjoyed the knot meeting.

    April 1, 2013

  • Jordan P.

    Jordan and Mary Beth, looking forward to it!

    January 30, 2013

  • Carlton S.

    So glad to see this event. I'm very excited!

    January 30, 2013

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