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Are you making money or losing money with your rabbits?

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

Post Number:#76  Unread postby Ramjet » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:04 pm


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That is a really good price for a standard Rex.


There is a very limited number of Rex breeders in the area. OneAcreFarm being the only ARBA registered breeder in the state of Texas (I'll be registering soon)& she's an hour and a half from Houston. Being located in a city of 4million plus gives you a lot of potential buyers.
Starting with good stock had to help .... having desirable colors does too (Chocolates go FAST) and my kids handling them from day one , giving me friendly bunny's is a huge plus. More often than not when customers come to buy rabbits my daughter helps , especially if there are children wanting pets. People are surprised to see an 8 year old handling full grown rabbits. I'm sure they think "If she can do it .... So can I."

All of the above play a role in the price I'm able to get.



Glad you are able to make money doing this. Once again congratulations on your success.


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I really didn't realize I'd sold that many until last night when a guy arranged to buy my last 4. Then I went thru my sales records after thinking , where did they all go?! .... and got a nice surprise when I did the math.

skysthelimit wrote: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.



Yeah , I wonder how much of this recent sales is due to Easter ... Now I'm out of bunny's for the next ~8 weeks. Might be good timing.

I think next year I'll plan an extra litter or two in January to be ready to go around this time .... Maybe I'll have a few left over to eat.

That doe I offered you delivered 11 on the 13th .... on the wire.

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Just thinking how nice it would be if I could sustain the last months sales over the entire year .... Sold my last one today , total sales from litters born in Jan. is $705.

Thing is , I haven't had another litter born until very recently due to lack of space. Wont have any to sell until the end of June.
No way I could sustain that as I have space for my breeders & ~two litters growing out. To sustain that type of sales , I'd have to have room for four grow out litters. Just not in the cards.


Still wondering how much of this was Easter. The majority of the sales were 2-3 weeks prior to Easter. Is that typical Easter sales or does it appear there is a solid market ?!

Have to plan for the future , may have an extra litter next year.
Hindsight is always 20/20 but looking back its still a bit fuzzy.

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

Post Number:#77  Unread postby GetYourGoat » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:38 pm


I'm just getting started so not much to go off of. There seems to be a pretty big black hole when it comes to Netherland Dwarfs here around Vancouver so I'm guessing I'll do pretty well with all the people who want a tiny pedigree pet. If I were to do some of the larger rabbit breeds that I'm interested in, I don't think I would do as well as the market likes little and cute.

That being said, I'm not expecting to make money at all. I need something to get me outside and off of my work, so rabbits will be my "therapy" and hobby which is worth quite a lot to me in itself.
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Re: Are you making money or lossing money with your rabbits?

Post Number:#78  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:17 pm


Ramjet wrote:
skysthelimit wrote: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.



Yeah , I wonder how much of this recent sales is due to Easter ... Now I'm out of bunny's for the next ~8 weeks. Might be good timing.

I think next year I'll plan an extra litter or two in January to be ready to go around this time .... Maybe I'll have a few left over to eat.

That doe I offered you delivered 11 on the 13th .... on the wire.




Most of it seems to be 4H. The fair is in August, and they need to have rabbits they've raised for a few months.

I was thinking about this the other day.

Alot of the lack of sales has to do with my rabbit raising philosophy.

My main breed is Rex, then SF then Angoras.

I show with all three. Angoras will go a few years, but Rex and Silver Fox usually age out of coat quickly or don't show well after kindling.

So I breed for new stock every year (which is why I have so many litters) . Most of the time, in a litter of 8, you are fortunate if you have 2 keepers. So with all the breeding I do, and not selling anything that's not show quality, and keeping show quality, I leave myself with very little to sell.

Not selling pets leave me very little to sell.

Someone is going to drive to pick up 25lbs of rabbit meat on Friday. Big score for me. Someone was supposed to pick up breeding rabbits, but if they don't do it by Friday, $3/lb is better than waiting for $40 for a rabbit I have to feed.

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Ramjet wrote:I think next year I'll plan an extra litter or two in January to be ready to go around this time .


This rabbitry shuts down September through February. No amount of ACV, raspberry, cage swapping or artificial lighting has been able to counteract it.

Now that a major breeder of Rex and Silver Fox is lost in this region, it seems I will need to pick up the slack. Where as I could not compete with her before, now that I again have the rest of her stock (got the last bit two weeks ago) I think she's fielding people to me. I set up a waiting list on my website.

It's odd how things work out, losing my job and having to cull/sell my stock, cause now I have the space to really breed. It forced me to let go of some rabbits that would not move me in the direction I needed to go. Not bad ones, just not the right ones.
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Re: Are you making money or lossing money with your rabbits?

Post Number:#79  Unread postby ckcs » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:17 pm


Ramjet wrote: Now I'm out of bunny's for the next ~8 weeks. Might be good timing.

I think next year I'll plan an extra litter or two in January to be ready to go around this time .... Maybe I'll have a few left over to eat.


Just thinking how nice it would be if I could sustain the last months sales over the entire year .... Sold my last one today , total sales from litters born in Jan. is $705.

Thing is , I haven't had another litter born until very recently due to lack of space. Wont have any to sell until the end of June.
No way I could sustain that as I have space for my breeders & ~two litters growing out. To sustain that type of sales , I'd have to have room for four grow out litters. Just not in the cards.


Still wondering how much of this was Easter. The majority of the sales were 2-3 weeks prior to Easter. Is that typical Easter sales or does it appear there is a solid market ?!

Have to plan for the future , may have an extra litter next year.


I can't ever seem to get things to go like I want. I get frustrated when I'm out of kits for 6-8 weeks. Each time I've tried to get my does delivering on set intervals something has gone wrong. I had one doe miss two times in a row which has never happened. Then I was plagued with 1 and 2 kit litters. This pass time I decided to try and breed 2 of my 4 does at a time, 6 weeks apart. I figured then I'd have 2 litters to sell every 6 weeks. First set was born April 9th. One had 6 which is great for my Lionheads. The other had 4 which was ok but 3 were too small and didn't make it.

I had 2 kits for sale about 2 weeks prior to Easter. They sold in 3-4 days. Usually I get calls right away but this time it took a few days. I noticed a lot of breeders ads on craigslist didn't sell over Easter.

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GetYourGoat wrote:I'm just getting started so not much to go off of. There seems to be a pretty big black hole when it comes to Netherland Dwarfs here around Vancouver so I'm guessing I'll do pretty well with all the people who want a tiny pedigree pet. If I were to do some of the larger rabbit breeds that I'm interested in, I don't think I would do as well as the market likes little and cute.

That being said, I'm not expecting to make money at all. I need something to get me outside and off of my work, so rabbits will be my "therapy" and hobby which is worth quite a lot to me in itself.


Market seems to be similar here. The small breeds do quite well. I will be breeding a larger breed in the next few months. I have a trio of French Angoras and am hoping there is a spinning market here. The breeder I got mine from, just put up his second litter for sale so presumably he is selling them.

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