Weigh Day!

Ok, so I’ve decided to start tracking the weights of the rabbits I purchased on January 19, 2013.  I did the initial weighing on January 21 and a second weighing on February 4, 2013.  I will post updated weights every two weeks until such a time as I decide if I should breed/cull them.

January 21, 2013

  • BR01 – 2# 10 oz.
  • BR02 – 3# 4 oz.
  • BR09 – 1# 14 oz.
  • BR10 – 1# 8 oz.
  • BR11 – 2# 6 oz.
  • BR12 – 1# 9 oz.
  • BR 13 – 2# 7 oz.
  • BR14 – 2# 10 oz.
  • BR15 – 1# 9 oz.
  • BR16 – 1# 9 oz.
  • DR03 – 2# 2 oz.
  • DR04 – 1# 5 oz.
  • DR05 – 1# 5 oz.
  • DR06 – 2# 6 oz.
  • DR07 – 3#
  • DR08 – 1# 8 oz.

February 4, 2013

  • BR01 – 3# 10 oz.     -     Gain of 1# even
  • BR02 – 4# 3 oz.     -     Gain of 0# 15 oz.
  • BR09 – 3# 2 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 4 oz.
  • BR10 – 2# 10 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 2 oz.
  • BR11 – 3# 10 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 4 oz.
  • BR12 – 2# 11 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 2 oz.
  • BR 13 – 3# 12 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 5 oz.
  • BR14 – 3# 13 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 3 oz.
  • BR15 – 2# 13 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 4 oz.
  • BR16 – 2# 12 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 3 oz.
  • DR03 – 3# 2 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 0 oz.
  • DR04 – 2# 8 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 3 oz.
  • DR05 – 2# 4 oz.     -     Gain of 0# 15 oz.
  • DR06 – 3# 9 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 3 oz.
  • DR07 – 4# 0 oz.     -     Gain of 1# 0 oz.
  • DR08 – 2# 12 oz.     –     Gain of 1# 4 oz.

Average Weight Gain —–

  • All Rabbits – 1# 3 oz.
  • Bucks – 1# 2.5 oz.
  • Does – 1# 1.5 oz

 

Next Weigh Day Scheduled for February 18, 2013.  At that time I will calculate the 2 week rate of gain as well as the overall rate of gain and use that information in my decision making process.

I know, ultimately, I only want to keep 4 of the does and 2 of the bucks.

I know for certain that I will be keeping DR06, DR07 & DR08 so there’s really only one (possibly 2) doe to pick out.  I say possibly 2 because DR08 is being retained simply because I want to experiment with her.  Out of all the does I have, she is the only one with “rex” type fur.  I’m wanting to see if I can continue that in my meat mutts.

It also appears that I have 4 “charlie” marked rabbits.  3 Bucks and 1 Doe.  I would like to retain one of the 4 and, honestly, am leaning towards keeping the doe.  I don’t have any solid does except for my REW and I’m not sure if my ideas would work with her.  Anyway, I’m rambling now lol  I’ll update this page when I have new weights.

 

Update February 24, 2013

BR01 was dispatched.  Didn’t get weights because hubby did it while I was at the store.  Ah well.  We shall now proceed with the remaining 15.

I’m also including their weight gain for the past 33 days.  In the past 33 days we have used about 3.5 bags of rabbit pellets.

  • BR02 – 5# 4 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 1 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 15 oz
  • BR09 – 3# 15 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 13 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 0 oz
  • BR10 – 3# 13 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 3 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 4 oz
  • BR11 – 4# 10 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 0 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 3 oz
  • BR12 – 3# 9 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 14 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 15 oz
  • BR 13 – 4# 8 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 12 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 0 oz
  • BR14 – 4# 6 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 9 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 11 oz
  • BR15 – 3# 10 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 13 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 0 oz
  • BR16 – 3# 12 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 0 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 2 oz
  • DR03 – 3# 11 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 9 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 9 oz
  • DR04 – 3# 13 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 5 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 7 oz
  • DR05 – 3# 4 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 0 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 14 oz
  • DR06 – 4# 8 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 15 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 2 oz
  • DR07 – 4# 3 oz.  -  Gain of 0# 3 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 2 oz
  • DR08 – 4# 0 oz.  -  Gain of 1# 4 oz.  -  Gain of 2# 7 oz

For some unknown reason DR07 only gained 3 ounces in the last 3 weeks.  I’m not sure if the change in pellets is the reason or there are other factors involved.  Of course, it’s always possible that I misread the scale.  I’m going to keep an eye on her specifically because I was hoping she would have come much closer, if not topped, the 5 pound mark on this last weighing.