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Are you making money or losing money with your rabbits?

From vermiculture and selling rabbit manure to rent-a-bunny for Easter photographs, this forum is a place to discuss other ideas for making a profit from rabbits.
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Re: Are you making money or lossing money with your rabbits?

Post Number:#16  Unread postby ottersatin » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:44 pm


Just as it is in starting/getting into any business,
You rarely show a profit until after the first three years.
You have to take into consideration the heavy cost of start-up!
There are cages and all of the other necessary equipment,
Then there's the FEED and learning materials, like books or
computer programs. If you gain the knowledge and find the right sources
for sale you can and WILL eventually show enough profit to make
the raising and caring for rabbits an enjoyable pastime.
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Post Number:#17  Unread postby MamaMandy » Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:58 pm


Definitely making money, even with investing in cages and other needs. I'm now at max capacity cage wise (but have 8 empty holes...to fill up with keepers!) so I won't be spending much more on anything except feed at this point. The hobby is definitely paying for itself at this point, and I hope to continue making a little extra. With a house full of kids extra cash is always a plus! LOL
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Post Number:#18  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:46 am


Kyle@theHeathertoft wrote: it could be worse! Instead of rabbits, my vice could be cocaine or something, LOL!!!!!!!



That's what I tell my mom when she says I spend too much money on animals. At least it's s clean hobby, and they do have some type of resale value. If I had kids and was spending money on them no one would say anything...
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Post Number:#19  Unread postby Mary Ann's Rabbitry » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:47 am


katiebear wrote:be careful, Maryann I had mine raised too,now daughter is back with two boys....

that I will not aloud... One of my son came back twice... without any kids... to move in with kids.. no way.. I raised mine.. I will not raise theirs..

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Post Number:#20  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:48 am


ottersatin wrote:If you gain the knowledge and find the right sources
for sale you can and WILL eventually show enough profit to make
the raising and caring for rabbits an enjoyable pastime.
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This is why I don't breed my dogs, and I get a lot of flack from the GS showing community. I am rotten at advertising and sales, I couldn't even sell candy as a student.
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Post Number:#21  Unread postby Mary Ann's Rabbitry » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:54 am


skysthelimit wrote:
Kyle@theHeathertoft wrote: it could be worse! Instead of rabbits, my vice could be cocaine or something, LOL!!!!!!!



That's what I tell my mom when she says I spend too much money on animals. At least it's s clean hobby, and they do have some type of resale value. If I had kids and was spending money on them no one would say anything...


and that is soooooooooo true.....Raising kids cost a lot ..I love my kids and I love my rabbits..

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Post Number:#22  Unread postby grumpy » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:05 am


I try.......REAL, REAL, HARD.

I'm always looking for different ways
to make a buck off my rabbits. Some ideas work.
Some...not so well.

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Post Number:#23  Unread postby Dood » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:22 am


I make enough to cover the feed bill and electricity and this last month I calculated that I've made enough to cover the cost of the barn renovation and cages so anything from here on out is pure profit :D

but I'm not going to able to quit my day job :mrgreen: If I was smoker I could afford a couple packs a day but I'm not so its going into my animal emergency fund.

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Post Number:#24  Unread postby Prisma » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:32 am


By the time I count the feed, the gas to shows, the gas to and from feed store trips, the gas to and from picking up rabbits, cages, show supplies, breeding supplies, grooming supplies, first aid items, and every thing else I'm way in the whole. Let's not even count the ghastly amount I've spent on stock to get restarted this year....and I'm still way in the hole. I *may* break even next year or the year after permitting showing goes well and so do planned litters. I still have yet to get the new building and cages with trays and feeders plus 1/2 gallon water bottles I want as well. I love the rabbits and its what I spend my time doing instead of overly drinking and parting like most my age do yet. I've decided if its the money pit I want to spend my time in, then its mine to do. No different than some one spending thousands on a jet ski or fishing gear or boat...least it is to me.
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Post Number:#25  Unread postby MaggieJ » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:14 pm


I'm not sure any more... but I think I am ahead.

My initial start-up costs in 2005 were about $125. No purchased materials or equipment since then except a few thrift shop crocks.

When I fed pellets, my rabbit meat was costing me about $1.50 a pound. When I switched to natural feeding this dropped to about 75 cents a pound. (The lowest pork or chicken, on sale, is a dollar a pound.) I haven't tracked my feed costs in recent years. Hay has stayed about the same, but grain has gone up some.

Production is uneven... In a colony the rabbits breed when it seems good to them. They don't favour June and July (and who can blame them) but I expect a litter or two in late August and right on through the winter. I should keep track, but I don't. No idea how many rabbits I put in the freezer in the past year.

I recently bought the hay that provides the basis of the rabbits' diet: 20 square bales of good quality alfalfa hay at $3.50 a bale. That comes to $70 for the year. A few days later the man that sold us the hay called to say that a friend of his was looking for a couple of rabbits for a special dinner. I sold two at $20 each, which put a big dent in my hay costs. :) Hoping I will have a semi-regular customer now. Grain costs are hard to estimate because the goose and chickens get fed from the same bag. And then there are incidentals... trace mineral salt blocks, some cabbage and carrots in winter, a bag of sunflower seeds on occasion.

The idea of raising rabbits for meat was to decrease our dependence on supermarket meat, to have at least some meat that was free of antibiotics and growth hormones and to provide us with a luxury meat that we cannot otherwise afford. A fryer - when you can find one in the stores - costs about $24.
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Post Number:#26  Unread postby Miss M » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:45 pm


I figured once that with the money I spend on their food and hay, I spend about $1.25/lb for rabbit meat. I figure I'm winning, as that is almost the cheapest meat I can buy... and I know where it's been, how it's been handled, and what it's been eating. :)

Rabbit is about $5 a pound here (last time I looked).

Chicken is $1.69 for whole roasters, $1.49 for fryers. At least $1.99 for drumsticks, or thighs, or wings, and more than that for breasts. I can get those 10-lb packs of leg quarters for $.79 per pound.

I used to be able to get Boston butts for $1.18 a pound, but I haven't seen that price in a loooooong time.

So I think I'm doing pretty well.
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Post Number:#27  Unread postby Heritage Homestead » Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:40 pm


I am losing. Um, that should be with a very large capitail L.
I can't seem to get on my feet with the rabbits. Just when I think I see some light I get one that is sick, and buck that is a dud, a doe that is a buck, and the list goes on and on. And I find that I have to basically have to start over.
Why does money have to be so necessary! :x :roll:
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Post Number:#28  Unread postby DonnerSurvivor » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:38 pm


I started raising rabbits to make alil extra cash, The first registered trio of rabbits I bought one of the does got killed by my dog 1 day before kindling (she pretty much made a impossible escape) The other doe refuses to be bred and raise kits and she is getting close to being a expensive dinner. I also bought a trio of angoras since my Fiance is very skilled at crocheting and seems to not have a huge problem selling things she makes for decent money. Well the Angoras came down with pasteurella and are now in quarantine at my parents farm until they can be bred and I can get replacements from the litters. So all in all I would say im several hundred dollars in the losing money category though I do have some nice cage setups and have been enjoying the rabbits very much though it has been frustrating as of late.

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Post Number:#29  Unread postby ottersatin » Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:52 pm


What you have said appears to me to be,
part of "The learning curve".
I bet you will be muck more careful when making your next Rabbit purchases.
It is kind of disheartening to see all of the things that can befall
us when we are first accustoming ourselves to the wonders and horrors
of Rabbit keeping! If it was easy, everybody would be doing it!
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Post Number:#30  Unread postby Bad Habit » Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:10 pm


Hands down making money. I had enough profits from the Lionheads to spend almost 400$ importing a trio of high quality velveteens. I lucked out with my lionheads, as well, upgrading my stock from cheap poor quality critters to rabbits that I am proud to own and would be proud to show. I don't show, so don't have that cost. Gas to the feed store is covered for 10 months of the year, as my niece has archery lessons just down the road from the feed store. Hay is cheap, 4$ a bale, just down the road from me. Greens I get all summer long from the market for free. I dry those and provide dried forage over winter(I also collect and dry dandelions). Litter is just wood stove pellets, about 5$ a month, although it's 12$ if I don't stock enough wood stove pellets and have to get equine bedding. I scour the internet, yard sales, thrift stores to get free/cheap cages. I get my crocks and litter boxes from the dollar store.

I also don't have a huge rabbitry. My ideal size is 6 rabbits, I think. I also had false dwarf does who routinely gave me BIG litters, helping with the profits. I've had my ups and downs - sometimes it feels like I hemorrhaging money with the rabbits, when I need all the supplies at once, or make a big purchase, but most of the time I feel I am at the very least breaking even. As long as the rabbits continue paying their own feed bill, and the feed bills of the dog and (now) ferret, I will be happy.
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