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Post Number:#1  Unread postby NewZealands4Lyfe » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:28 pm


What should i price my rabbits for?

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I have Kits on the way and my investors would like to know how much I can sell them for. The doe is a pedigree New Zealand and the buck is a New Zealand Flemish giant cross, I plan on grass feeding them until they are about 10 pounds. Both Dam and Sire are high-quality.

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Post Number:#2  Unread postby SableSteel » Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:39 pm


I usually see meat breed mixes go for about $15 (that is for breeding stock - if you're selling at 10 lbs I assume breeding stock. Usually for market they are sold as fryers at 5 lbs/10 weeks, whichever comes first. Their growth tends to slow after that point).
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Re: Pricing

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Zass » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:14 pm


A meat rabbit's bottom dollar is the flesh they are made of, or, in other words, never sell for less/lb than the meat is worth to you.

Grass feeding to 10 lbs may take up to 8 months, as they grow slower on grass than they do on pellets, and grass alone may not have enough calories for them.
You will very likely end up having to supplement with pellets, grains, or other forage at some point. (Especially spring, fall, or winter months, if your region has them. ) There is a lot of forage feeding wisdom in old RT threads!!

In the US, rabbit kits are usually sold around 8-10 weeks old, and many breeders are happy to buy them at that age, and raise them themselves.
If you are selling for meat, 5 lbs is the standard processing weight, and meat buyers do tend to like them under 12 weeks, as they are more tender at that age. Someone wanting organic or grass fed would probably be willing to buy older.

I personally value rabbit meat at around $4/lb. (As in, that's what it's worth to my freezer.)
A 10 lb rabbit will reliably produce at least 5 lbs of meat, regardless of breed.
So 5 lbs at $4/lb comes to $20.

I do sell purebred rabbits for more than that, but I've never sold a 10 lb adult meat rabbit, even a mutt, for less.

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