Nancy Smith and Heidi Hunt discuss the benefits of raising rabbits on the homestead, including rabbits as pets, raising rabbits for meat and using angora rabbit wool for weaving.
Learn about the benefits of raising rabbits on the homestead.
PHOTO: JOANNE PEARSON
Top: The Mini Rex currently is the most popular rabbit for showing and for children. Middle: The New Zealand, which also comes in black and red, exemplifies the rabbit's meat-producing qualities. Bottom: Flemish Grants are one of the oldest specialty breeds.
Top: The Dutch breed is recognized as the original Easter pet. Middle: The Belgian Hare was the first purebred rabbit imported into North America, arriving in 1888. Bottom: Giant Angoras provide a silky wool, which is shorn regularly from the animals.
If you keep your rabbits outdoors, locate their hutches in a protected site. The hutch should have a roof with a generous overhang to help protect the animals from inclement weather and adequate flooring to protect their feet.