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Are you making money or losing money with your rabbits?

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

Post Number:#61  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:46 pm


Millinex wrote: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.



I have a full time job. That's too much work to put on top of that.

It's ok that they don't make any money, that's not why I am raising them to begin with.
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Post Number:#62  Unread postby Miss M » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:00 pm


Also, the whole USDA thing is :angry: .
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Post Number:#63  Unread postby Wyldrose » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:08 pm


Losing money! Haha I'm not taking in anymore rescues 4 this summer alone... Seems like rabbits are give away's here and I'm too soft to say no lol! I sold my lionhead doe and buck, kept my lion rex crosses though. Going to check out other stores for their feed costs. It keeps going up I'm sure they where $14/50lb bag and now it's $20/50lb bag.
On a positive note my flemmy cali flop nzw babies are 3lbs at 8 weeks soon they will be ready for supper. :)
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Post Number:#64  Unread postby skysthelimit » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:04 pm


Miss M wrote:Also, the whole USDA thing is :angry: .



It's actually illegal for me to sell meat or eggs from my home in the city.

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Wyldrose wrote:Seems like rabbits are give away's here



Pretty much the same.
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Post Number:#65  Unread postby ckcs » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:21 pm


My $87 profit dwindled to $30 because I had no rabbits for sale. I put 5 up for sale yesterday and sold 4 of them today. Woohoo I'm over $100 and a new record high for me. Once my last one sells I will be out of rabbits for about 7 weeks until my current litter is ready. After that I should have a steady supply as I have begun breeding at 2 week intervals.

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Post Number:#66  Unread postby currituckbun » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:35 pm


I am loosing money, if I look at it as feed cost out, sales of rabbit meat and live rabbits in. Then I look at it this way. My garden , fueled by rabbit poo, produced 30 jars of organic spaghetti sauce, 40 jars of salsa, 20 quarts of kosher dill pickles, 20 quarts of frozen green beans, 25 quarts of frozen squash, and countless salads of spinach and fresh lettuce . I have a freezer full of rabbit meat and a small business deduction for it all on my taxes. Tell me what other venture will give you all of that and allow you to take off your grocery bill on your taxes. I think I am way ahead. I am not an accountant but I think the $60 a month in rabbit feed has been off set.
Did I mention that I get countless hours of mental relaxation from my animals and distress from work everyday by simply walking in my back yard. ;)

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Post Number:#67  Unread postby Demamma » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:57 pm


Sometimes I make money sometimes I don't. This summer I had no rabbit sales so I canned most of the young rabbits and cooked up a lot for meals. This month I spent about $120. On hay and grains that should last me 3 months. I will need more hay but that's all. I sold $75. Worth of rabbit meat, hides for $10. And made $100. On live rabbit sales. At this pace I will be doing quite well. I don't figure in though the start-up cost of cages and rabbits. I will be selling my triple stackers soon so I plan on making back the cost on those. Our main meat we eat is rabbit. We love the taste and knowing it's a healthy clean meat. I also feed 3 other households rabbit meat for free. My grown daughter gets a few rabbits a month as do my x and my best friend. Raising rabbit is paying off for me. This last summer when sales dropped opened my eyes to needing to plan ahead for slow months. The joy my rabbits give me makes it the most profitable venture though. I suffer from severe depression and the rabbits get me up and give me purpose. I love caring for them and having success with them. They have pulled my children and I closer in a shared adventure.
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Post Number:#68  Unread postby TwoAcreDream » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:31 am


Over 20 years ago, when I had rabbits, I tried really hard to make a few $$ from them. The kids did 4H. We ate a few of the rabbits. No one wanted to be the person who had to put them down. We all liked the meat. I did sell some for pets.
I kept records and the pellets were the biggest expense. I was able to get my hay for part of my pay. We both worked for a dairy farmer and lived on the farm.

This summer, we got gifted with 3 mini rex. The 2 does were pregnant and I had to scramble to get cages together, etc. I ended up with 3 used wood/wire hutches off of craigslist for less than half what one cage would have cost me new. Now I am buying used cages cheap and fixing them to use for the rabbits inside this winter. So far, I have sold 4 babies from the 2 litters and have hopes to sell 2 more. I will be keeping 4 young does. I plan to stay small with the number of animals. It will be more a hobby and keep me busy and active.

The rabbits will have to pay their way. I have to keep expenses down. A family member can get me good hay for nothing. Right now, I am feeding pellets. The rabbits really like wheat and I can get that for half of what pellets cost.

I won't be able to track exact feed costs except for the pellets. I have 80 chickens currently and am trying to get downsized more before winter gets here. Problem being I am way too soft hearted and have about 15 senior hens that should have been long gone by now. I have 13 young pullets, who just started laying recently. Another 7 who will be probably be 2 months yet. And then 4 who are 10 weeks who won't lay till probably late winter, early spring. We keep 2 adult roosters. We hatch our own babies using broody hens. All ways of keeping costs down. So I am trying to use what I know about chickens and my past 10 years of raising rabbits to help me in the future.
Key for me is to stay small, and keep food expenses down. We do have 2 acres and I keep telling the hubby we need to raise more of own feed for the critters. He likes to feed the wild birds and that has been a :( expense. I did put the brakes on that this summer, and stopped buying regular bird seed. He now feeds cracked corn, oats, and wheat from my grain barrels for the chickens to the wild birds. So I cut the wild bird feed cost to less than half. I have hopes of growing some sunflowers next year. We have in the past and it helped with costs.

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

Post Number:#69  Unread postby bobqdevon » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:37 am


I don't look at it from a money perspective. I enjoy the buns, and I see it as a renewable supply of meat on hand should it be required.

Under the law here, I can sell, from the "farm", 1,000 lbs of chicken and unlimited rabbits per year, without any govt involvement, as long as I mark the meat packages "not inspected". It has to be here on the property, can't go to a meat market or farmers' market or anything like that. Honey, on the other hand, which requires almost no human intervention or extensive processing, I would have to have a completely sterile processing facility to sell one ounce.

However, I have not, nor do I intend to, advertise that I have rabbits. If the guy at the feed store in town, or at TSC happen to mention he has someone looking for rabbit for whatever reason, then I might consider it IF I have any available.

Seeing as how I only have 7 cages and 2 isolation cages, I don't see a lot of expansion this year. Plus I need to make space in the garage for more rabbits. Currently they are housed in a 6x12 enclosed trailer, which is fine, as I will be able to use that eventually as a kindling location, as we get snow from mid october all the way into may and june. Opened up too many cans of worms this year already, with getting rabbits AND honeybees... Still didn't get the chickens set up yet, but that's another barrel of fun.
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Post Number:#70  Unread postby Zass » Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:07 am


I think I'm actually up on this:
I sell a few as pets, a few more as brood stock for small meat operations. It doesn't pay for the feed.

what does pay for the feed:
freezer full of one of the healthiest meats money can buy, the best pet food in the world for my dogs and cats.
sale of pelts
poo becomes worm castings and
plenty of red worms for the hens , a well stocked garden
fun times with the kids at bunny shows
TONS of healthy exercise! (haha, my figure as improved dramatically since I started on rabbits, muscle up, waistline down, and no money left over after buying rabbit feed to spend eating out!)
road trips with the husband to who-knows-where to pick up stock (a special bonding time for us)
and the aforementioned hours of relaxation to spend with my rabbits.

Yep, the profit margin is much higher than any other vice!

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Post Number:#71  Unread postby lonelyfarmgirl » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:32 pm


I didnt read most of the thread, but I'll answer the question. I buy my feed a ton at a time. The bill is 800$ a pop. I think it lasts 6 weeks or so. If I can break even on feed and still be able to buy replacement stock as needed, Im happy.
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Post Number:#72  Unread postby jollysrabbits » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:22 pm


If anybody is interested, I wrote a very detailed list of my start up cost, rabbits sold, feed, gas, water bottles etc. it was for educational purposes on another site i belong too. they are my "books" I included everything except customer names. I had to keep a detailed list to prove to my wife we were not losing money on my hobby. I talked her into 3 rabbits which soon turned into a full blown rabbitry of 15 does and 5 bucks! oops LOL.....I decided I would just post it, will start a new thread. hopefully it helps.

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Post Number:#73  Unread postby Ramjet » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:33 am


Sales of $530 in the last month with another $120 pending tomorrow , after those , I'll be sold out until the current litters grow out. Really wish I had a bit more space as I haven't had any to eat as they have all sold .... I only have space for my current breeders & about two grow out litters.

Not a bad outcome for an 11 hole operation. Been getting between $30-$80 each for my Rex.

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Post Number:#74  Unread postby ckcs » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:26 am


Ramjet wrote:Sales of $530 in the last month with another $120 pending tomorrow , after those , I'll be sold out until the current litters grow out. Really wish I had a bit more space as I haven't had any to eat as they have all sold .... I only have space for my current breeders & about two grow out litters.

Not a bad outcome for an 11 hole operation. Been getting between $30-$80 each for my Rex.

My wife doesn't hate my rabbits anymore ...


That is a really good price for a standard Rex. Glad you are able to make money doing this. We had a guy around here that was selling them for $15 and his ad was on craigslist for quite a while. Possible he sold them and didn't take the ad down. I would have love to have gotten some but lacked the cage space. I sell Lionheads to the pet market and generally can cover all my costs and have some extra for improvements or fun. After a string of 7 small litters / missed does though I'm barely covering costs and I am likely loosing some. I've added some French Angoras and am hoping to sell them for more than the Lionheads and have much larger litters. Still at least 2 month away from starting to breed them. Once again congratulations on your success.

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Post Number:#75  Unread postby skysthelimit » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:27 am


All the sudden people want rabbits. But no ones been breeding. I just watched $200 of sales go to another breeder because I had no kits this winter. If I could get the demand to coincide with the supply.
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