Rabbits! They’re so cute and soft! They make good pets and apparently are quite tasty. Doug and I want to raise some on our little farm someday. In our permaculture studies, we’ve heard that rabbit manure is good for the plants.
And, besides being a poop factory, they’re also baby factories. “Multiplying like rabbits” is a common saying for a reason! Two does (female rabbits) can produce 600 pounds of meat in a year. If one rabbit supplies 3-4 pounds of meat each, that’s at least 150 babies per year split between two mothers! I can’t imagine having 75 babies every year… man, would I have the gray hair!
Rabbit meat is supposed to be leaner than chicken or beef; which I didn’t know. I thought chicken was as lean as you could get! That means less cholesterol fat than chicken. Seems like everyone is having a panic attack over cholesterol these days. I wonder why grocery stores don’t carry rabbit? Well, maybe they do and I haven’t even looked! I assume it’s probably because rabbits are considered companion animals now rather than livestock. There certainly isn’t a dog or cat meat section, and I’d be quite upset if I saw one.
But why rabbits? Wouldn’t a cow supply more meat? No! Cows usually have to be about a year old before they’re ready to slaughter, and you only get 400 pounds of meat. Plus, you get that meat all at once and have to freeze most of it. With rabbits you can make one fresh meal at a time. They also cost a lot less to feed compared to cows. They need 4 pounds of feed to create 1 pound of meat versus 7 pounds of feed per 1 pound of beef.
A couple of quiet little cute bunnies making all that meat for me sounds like an excellent endeavor over a heard of nasty and noisy cows. We might not have the room for cows anyway, even though I do enjoy a good steak. Some things are better left for the grocery store.
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