Register

My local The New Grand International Food

Discussion of all aspects of rabbits as meat animals. If this subject is offensive to you, please do not visit.
6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
Posts: 558
Joined: January 8, 2012
Location: md
Thanks: 24
Thanked: 43 in 42 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,170.00

My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#1  Unread postby a7736100 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:18 pm


Market is selling whole rabbits for $3.69 a pound.

2 years of membership2 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 808
Joined: May 2, 2016
Location: California, US
United States of America
Thanks: 384
Thanked: 189 in 158 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,988.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Nymphadora » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:20 pm


Wow, that's the cheapest I've seen rabbit at the market for... even our little Asian market charges at least $7/lb. :oops:

1 year of membership
User avatar
Posts: 103
Joined: October 10, 2017
Location: Texas Zone 8
United States of America Male
Thanks: 22
Thanked: 17 in 14 posts
BunnyBucks: 621.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Ghost » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:25 pm


Nymphadora wrote:Wow, that's the cheapest I've seen rabbit at the market for... even our little Asian market charges at least $7/lb. :oops:


Yeah, I think HEB is closer to $7/lb also. I rember looking back 10 years ago when I had rabbits, HEB was about $5/lb. Only having one doe, the feed prices made our bunnies cost about the same prices to raise.
You have to do the most good for the most. You most remember that a few will won't make it. Don't be ashamed to shed a tear for the ones lost along the way, we will not hold it against you. Just remember "the herd goes on".

Site Supporter
5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 2094
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Johnson City ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 1031
Thanked: 568 in 443 posts
BunnyBucks: 10,379.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:18 pm


that's good, I think rabbit would become more popular if the price was not so high.
I have usually raised rabbits [for our table] on scraps, roots, kale, weeds, hay, and garden waste. So rabbit has always been the "cheapest" way to provide meat for us...
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

Site Admin
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 16790
Joined: December 16, 2009
Location: South Eastern Ontario
Canada Female
Thanks: 857
Thanked: 2545 in 1965 posts
BunnyBucks: 60,758.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#5  Unread postby MaggieJ » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:22 am


Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat. When I fed rabbits a mainly pellet diet (2005-2007), the meat worked out to $1.50 a pound. When I transitioned the rabbits to a natural diet (a good alfalfa-and-grass hay, forage, scraps and a small amount of grain, plus trace-mineral salt block) my price per pound was about $0.75 cents. The rabbits took about 14-16 weeks to reach butchering size, but the meat was wonderful.
Sojourning in 1894 . . .

The following user would like to thank MaggieJ for this post
michaels4gardens, Nymphadora

Site Supporter
5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 2094
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Johnson City ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 1031
Thanked: 568 in 443 posts
BunnyBucks: 10,379.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#6  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:21 am


MaggieJ wrote:Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat. When I fed rabbits a mainly pellet diet (2005-2007), the meat worked out to $1.50 a pound. When I transitioned the rabbits to a natural diet (a good alfalfa-and-grass hay, forage, scraps and a small amount of grain, plus trace-mineral salt block) my price per pound was about $0.75 cents. The rabbits took about 14-16 weeks to reach butchering size, but the meat was wonderful.


That's my experience also--When I last raised fryer size rabbits on pellets, the meat [butchered weight, not live weight] cost $1.50, to $1.60 / lb - [it's been a while since I bought pellets to feed growing rabbits]. But I do buy pellets in the winter time to supplement the feed for breed stock. I don't breed rabbits in late fall or winter,[I am living in town now] because the young will be raised when there is not a lot of free food available from the yard and garden...
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

2 years of membership2 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 808
Joined: May 2, 2016
Location: California, US
United States of America
Thanks: 384
Thanked: 189 in 158 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,988.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#7  Unread postby Nymphadora » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:33 am


MaggieJ wrote:Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat.

I agree, although ours work out to a little closer to $2.50 /lb, personally. Still much cheaper than most other meats in the area, and tastier, too! But California is just more expensive than many other states... I've gotten used to that. :shrug:

1 year of membership
User avatar
Posts: 103
Joined: October 10, 2017
Location: Texas Zone 8
United States of America Male
Thanks: 22
Thanked: 17 in 14 posts
BunnyBucks: 621.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#8  Unread postby Ghost » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:38 pm


MaggieJ wrote:Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat. When I fed rabbits a mainly pellet diet (2005-2007), the meat worked out to $1.50 a pound.


Well, your right. First of all my and my neighbor did not keep good records so not sure how many bags of rabbit food we bought. Also I used a cheap fishing scale to weigh some not all of our rabbits.

It was our first time raising rabbits. Cindy was sort of a sucker for keeping the food dish full, even after I told her perhaps we should try letting it run low between feedings (the rabbits were on her property so I had limited influence). We waited too long between breading our one doe. We waited too long to butcher our fryer rabbits. In the end we only had two litters with our doe. Had we continued I would hope that we would have gotten a better feed to meat radio.
You have to do the most good for the most. You most remember that a few will won't make it. Don't be ashamed to shed a tear for the ones lost along the way, we will not hold it against you. Just remember "the herd goes on".

6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
Posts: 558
Joined: January 8, 2012
Location: md
Thanks: 24
Thanked: 43 in 42 posts
BunnyBucks: 3,170.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#9  Unread postby a7736100 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:13 am


MaggieJ wrote:Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat. When I fed rabbits a mainly pellet diet (2005-2007), the meat worked out to $1.50 a pound.

That would mean at least $3.00 today since pellets cost more than twice what I paid in 2006.

Site Admin
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 16790
Joined: December 16, 2009
Location: South Eastern Ontario
Canada Female
Thanks: 857
Thanked: 2545 in 1965 posts
BunnyBucks: 60,758.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#10  Unread postby MaggieJ » Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:11 pm


a7736100 wrote:
MaggieJ wrote:Five dollars a pound sounds very high for home-raised rabbit meat. When I fed rabbits a mainly pellet diet (2005-2007), the meat worked out to $1.50 a pound.

That would mean at least $3.00 today since pellets cost more than twice what I paid in 2006.


This is why I included the dates in my post, because feed costs have definitely gone up since then. But $5/pound still sounds high and I think Ghost must be correct about the overfeeding. He refers to his venture into meat rabbits as being in the past, but he didn't give the year.

Rabbit feed here has not doubled in price though. It was about $8-$9 for a 20 kg. bag (44 lb.) and it is currently just over $13. Good hay here has gone up by less than $1 a square bale (from $3 to $4) so as the backbone of a natural rabbit diet, it is still far more economical than pellets here in Southern Ontario. Small square bales are becoming harder to find, however, as more and more farmers are using only the large round bales now.

It is important to note that feed costs vary a lot from place to place, as does the availability and price of good hay. But $5/lb. still sounds high to me.
Sojourning in 1894 . . .

Site Supporter
8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership8 years of membership
Posts: 694
Joined: December 27, 2009
Location: North of Toronto
Canada
Thanks: 0
Thanked: 50 in 40 posts
BunnyBucks: 2,840.00

Re: My local The New Grand International Food

Post Number:#11  Unread postby Truckinguy » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:17 am


Rabbit here in Sobeys (now changed to a Freshco) can be as high as $10/lb for the skinniest little rabbit I've ever seen. I just raised my price from $4/lb to $5/lb and the lady who buys from me is happy to pay it for my big, meaty rabbits.

The following user would like to thank Truckinguy for this post
michaels4gardens

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests