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Re: Are you making money or lossing money with your rabbits?

Post Number:#46  Unread postby cowgirl9768 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:47 pm


That is hay and pellets and calf mana. The hay makes it cheaper. I get hays for 4.50 per 70 lb bale.
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Post Number:#47  Unread postby hoodat » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:54 pm


I don't try to hard to get commercial with my rabbits although it would be nice. If I can break even that's great but it's important enough in my life that I would do it even if it costs me.
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Re: Are you making money or lossing money with your rabbits?

Post Number:#48  Unread postby Millinex » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:14 am


MamaSheepdog wrote:Honestly- I have studiously ignored my profit/loss ratio. I tell myself that the freezer full of rabbit meat is well worth it, the garden loves the bunny berries, and my occasional sales are a nice bonus. :) I really should advertise more often, but haven't made that a priority.

Millinex wrote:I'm up a lot, I should start taking tally of how much I'm up because I'm really not sure.


You have my attention, Millinex. :P

I actually emailed a reptile breeder on Craigslist to try to generate some business, but no doubt they thought I was some AR nut trying to entrap them, because I never had a response. :?

So... what is the going rate for feeder rabbits? I am considering culling young, less thrifty rabbits from my litters. Anywhere from pinkies, to fuzzies, to hoppers, to whoppers.

My current kill method is to whack them on the forehead, which will sometimes cause an eye to pop out of the socket, so I am thinking cervical dislocation might present a more visually appealing product. How do you dispatch yours?

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Generally speaking it depends on your buyers.. Local shops sell rabbits as feeders for $10 small, $15 medium, $20 large. I was selling at $4 small/$5 medium/$7 large across the board but as I move into producing my own feeders I'm charging $1.50-$2 a pound, generally I will sell out at this price point with extreme ease.

The thing to remember is- if you have someone who breeds big snakes, they probably won't want rabbit pinks/babies. I can purchase large/jumbo rats for $2-3 from rat breeders, which produce plenty easily in a small space, you can't compete with them in that market. Only when the snake hits 8-10ft+ do they switch to larger meals such as rabbits. I have a 13' female reticulated python that will put away a dozen rats in a week if I let her, that's $24 on the low end for that week.. Or I can buy a medium rabbit/large rabbit for $5-10 and she's set for a week, if it's a big meal 2 weeks.

Aim for giant constrictor breeders/keepers, not for smaller.

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Post Number:#49  Unread postby Melissa » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:04 pm


Up until the last few weeks we were definitly making money. We figured if we sold one rabbit per litter we were covering feed expenses. Cages had already been paid for by profits. I usually ended up selling more than I should have = not enough for the freezers. I had all my own breeding stock and rarely purchased anything new. We were doing so well that we decided to expand and breed for the commercial market. Now we are in the hole.... with the local buyer closing op shop. Time will only tell!! Either way, we have decided that you cannot really put a price on a "hobby" that teaches compassion and responsibility to our children and keeps.us eating more healthy alternatives to chemically enhanced, medicated, hormone fed, GMO store bought!

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Post Number:#50  Unread postby zee » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:22 pm


I'm in the red, but, I enjoy raising the rabbits and having the option right in my backyard to provide meat for my family at any time.

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Post Number:#51  Unread postby hoodat » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:42 am


If finding a money making sideline is your goal rabbits are a poor bet.
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Post Number:#52  Unread postby skysthelimit » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:39 am


hoodat wrote:If finding a money making sideline is your goal rabbits are a poor bet.


Anything dealing with animals that doesn't have a large commercial outlet seems to be a hole in the ground.
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Post Number:#53  Unread postby Millinex » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:30 am


The idea that rabbits are a poor bet for money making seems a little off, as long as you are resourceful, and creative, you can make money in just about any way.. I make considerable amounts of money from many animals, rabbits included, find ways to cut your costs drastically, find creative ways to sell your rabbits, and keep moving up, let the profits build on itself..Right now I'm up a bunch. I started with just a couple extra feeder rabbits I had purchased for a couple dollars. Now I have 6 females, 3 males, cages, and some money to buy some more stock..

Good idea is look for someone selling cheap rabbits at say- $5 each, buy say 8. Hold 4 females back, sell the others at $10 each as pets/to other buyers. You just got 4 rabbits for minimal effort..

I don't feel like this is a hard market, you just can't eat all your product or of course you're "in the hole" and honestly just selling as show rabbits/meat alone is not always a good margin...

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Post Number:#54  Unread postby Miss M » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:40 am


I actually don't consider myself in the red, because I would be paying more for meat at the store. As long as the rabbit meat I produce is less expensive than pretty much everything at the store, I figure I'm ahead... because without the rabbits, I'd be paying more for meat. :)

I may not be actually making money, but I'm spending less. :D
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Post Number:#55  Unread postby hoodat » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:06 am


Miss M wrote:I actually don't consider myself in the red, because I would be paying more for meat at the store. As long as the rabbit meat I produce is less expensive than pretty much everything at the store, I figure I'm ahead... because without the rabbits, I'd be paying more for meat. :)

I may not be actually making money, but I'm spending less. :D


Especially so when compared to organic meat prices; not to mention that there is no other meat that can beat it for low cholesterol and low fat plus high protein and mineral content.
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Post Number:#56  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:42 pm


Millinex wrote:The idea that rabbits are a poor bet for money making seems a little off, as long as you are resourceful, and creative, you can make money in just about any way.. I make considerable amounts of money from many animals, rabbits included, find ways to cut your costs drastically, find creative ways to sell your rabbits, and keep moving up, let the profits build on itself..Right now I'm up a bunch. I started with just a couple extra feeder rabbits I had purchased for a couple dollars. Now I have 6 females, 3 males, cages, and some money to buy some more stock..

Good idea is look for someone selling cheap rabbits at say- $5 each, buy say 8. Hold 4 females back, sell the others at $10 each as pets/to other buyers. You just got 4 rabbits for minimal effort..

I don't feel like this is a hard market, you just can't eat all your product or of course you're "in the hole" and honestly just selling as show rabbits/meat alone is not always a good margin...



I guess if I was selling meat mutts. Selling pure bred rabbits at $10 would be a joke, I couldn't not make back what I paid for them, much less in food, nor would I be able to buy their weight in meat for that price. Might as well give them away free.

Still, once again, you need a market. You said it yourself, just selling for show/meat is not always a good margin. If no ones buying pets, or no one eats rabbit meat around, and or you don't show, you don't have a market. If you don't have an outlet for bunnies and by products, that seems to me a poor bet for money making. If you live in the country there's a market for hay, but no one needs it in the city, doesn't matter how creative you are, no demand = no market. If people are breaking even, or making money, great, it's not going to happen for everyone. I don't suggest going into it with an attitude that this would be a good side gig.
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Post Number:#57  Unread postby Miss M » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:12 am


hoodat wrote:
Miss M wrote:I actually don't consider myself in the red, because I would be paying more for meat at the store. As long as the rabbit meat I produce is less expensive than pretty much everything at the store, I figure I'm ahead... because without the rabbits, I'd be paying more for meat. :)

I may not be actually making money, but I'm spending less. :D


Especially so when compared to organic meat prices; not to mention that there is no other meat that can beat it for low cholesterol and low fat plus high protein and mineral content.

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Post Number:#58  Unread postby Millinex » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:06 pm


skysthelimit wrote:
Millinex wrote:The idea that rabbits are a poor bet for money making seems a little off, as long as you are resourceful, and creative, you can make money in just about any way.. I make considerable amounts of money from many animals, rabbits included, find ways to cut your costs drastically, find creative ways to sell your rabbits, and keep moving up, let the profits build on itself..Right now I'm up a bunch. I started with just a couple extra feeder rabbits I had purchased for a couple dollars. Now I have 6 females, 3 males, cages, and some money to buy some more stock..

Good idea is look for someone selling cheap rabbits at say- $5 each, buy say 8. Hold 4 females back, sell the others at $10 each as pets/to other buyers. You just got 4 rabbits for minimal effort..

I don't feel like this is a hard market, you just can't eat all your product or of course you're "in the hole" and honestly just selling as show rabbits/meat alone is not always a good margin...



I guess if I was selling meat mutts. Selling pure bred rabbits at $10 would be a joke, I couldn't not make back what I paid for them, much less in food, nor would I be able to buy their weight in meat for that price. Might as well give them away free.

Still, once again, you need a market. You said it yourself, just selling for show/meat is not always a good margin. If no ones buying pets, or no one eats rabbit meat around, and or you don't show, you don't have a market. If you don't have an outlet for bunnies and by products, that seems to me a poor bet for money making. If you live in the country there's a market for hay, but no one needs it in the city, doesn't matter how creative you are, no demand = no market. If people are breaking even, or making money, great, it's not going to happen for everyone. I don't suggest going into it with an attitude that this would be a good side gig.

Is $10 a joke? Sure, but it was an example on how the process I'm using works. I have very good demand here, but there are other ways. There is always a way to profit, just because your market sucks, doesn't mean they all do !

Raise em, kill em, freeze em, ship them overnight UPS in a styro lined box with dry ice to buyers elsewhere. Just because your local market is bad/small doesn't mean there isn't a market to put yourself into somewhere. You have to look outside the box, let the little things add up.

If you get into it, and you are resourceful, there are ALWAYS people who will buy, that is with any animal.

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Post Number:#59  Unread postby ladysown » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:30 pm


bad arm, typing one handed ergo will be brief.

rabbits = profit.
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- pets - most are private sales, some are pet store
- breeding rabbits
- show rabbits
- hides
- heads
- entrails
- feet/tails
- for critter feed
- manure - free if picked up and I have to do zero work, the more I handle it the more it costs
- what's left of my for sale rabbits goes on my table
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Post Number:#60  Unread postby ckcs » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:40 pm


I think being able to breed year round would help in the profit area. Seems right now a lot of breeders are not breeding and there is an opportunities for sales. I can breed year round as all mine are inside our house. I goofed though and am without rabbits for sale for 4-5 more weeks. I could have easily sold them right now as there is very little being offered for sale around me. Sadly my little profit is being knocked down until I grow out the babies.

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