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Re: RE: making or losing money?

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Zass » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:11 am


Maybe $90 going into feed and supplements on my heaviest breeding months.

Meat grocery bill of $0 for a family of 4. (pretty sure most families spend at least $90 a month on meat)

Lots of money saved on high end pet chow.
Tons of great compost which is used to save even more on groceries
Red worms I mostly use as a poultry feed supplement and barter item (We're too soft hearted to fish with the things) again though, it saves on groceries, since we eat poultry and eggs and barter for produce.

and furs.

I rarely do live sales, but...I think we're doing alright. :)

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Post Number:#17  Unread postby Susie570 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:14 am


Zass wrote:Maybe $90 going into feed and supplements on my heaviest breeding months.

Meat grocery bill of $0 for a family of 4. (pretty sure most families spend at least $90 a month on meat)

Lots of money saved on high end pet chow.
Tons of great compost which is used to save even more on groceries
Red worms I mostly use as a poultry feed supplement and barter item (We're too soft hearted to fish with the things) again though, it saves on groceries, since we eat poultry and eggs and barter for produce.

and furs.

I rarely do live sales, but...I think we're doing alright. :)


I think it sounds like you're doing great :D
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Post Number:#18  Unread postby FoxTail » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:18 pm


Hi. I have been trying to find info on whether or not one can make money at this. It seems to be a mystery and very hush hush.
Thanks for sharing what you did!

We are in Wyoming and people do not eat rabbit...in front of other people. They're pets. But, I am going to eat rabbit, and sell rabbits for other people to eat.

We show and sell Mini Rex, and now have bought quality Standard Rex to show, sell, and eat. I have to learn to process it, but believe I can do it. I want to tan the hides too.

It all takes so much of my time. I'm a single mom with a more than full time job. But, I kinda love everything about the rabbits. :D

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Post Number:#19  Unread postby Marinea » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:27 pm


Whether or not you can make money depends on so many variables.

I live in a rural area where folks are getting into raising rabbits for meat. Most of my sales are to people wanting their own breeding stock. If people in your area don't eat rabbit, you likely won't get a lot of meat rabbit sales. However, there are still options for you. Pet sales is one. Raising your own meat will lower your grocery bill, saving you money, and if you process the hides, I believe there is an opportunity to make money selling the pelts. Some people also make money selling rabbit manure.

There are ways out there. Do your research and think about how much time you have to make it happen. Good luck!
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Post Number:#20  Unread postby MaggieJ » Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:01 pm


I know my circumstances were very favourable (lots of gathered greens, cheap alfalfa hay etc.) but I could raise rabbit meat for 75 cents a pound, table-ready. The cheapest, most horrible meat in the supermarket (badly trimmed chicken leg quarters, grossly coarse and fat pork chops etc.) cost at least a dollar a pound. My rabbit meat costs included maintenance of my breeders as well as the cost of growing out fryers and roasters.

It was a good deal for us! :D

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Post Number:#21  Unread postby Rainey » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:23 pm


I second Maggie's post. Haven't calculated it all out as she did, but for us the issue isn't making money from the rabbits but spending less and having food that is nutritious and delicious.

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Post Number:#22  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:10 pm


one good thing about rabbits is-- if you really needed to-- rabbit meat could be produced from gathering plants growing within walking distance of most rural folks.
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Post Number:#23  Unread postby a7736100 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:02 pm


I spend $35 every 2 weeks for pellets. Can't eat them any more because it's too hard for me emotionally to kill them since I hug and pet each one. Easiest for me to sell a whole litter cheap to the pet shop before I get attached to them. Problem is more people have baby rabbits than there are potential pet owners.

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Post Number:#24  Unread postby Leahs Lovely Lops » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:57 am


I know this is a bit after the fact but people seem to be reading the post so I am posting this to be hopefully helpful to someone.

I have focused more on the show rabbits then anything but the methods are about the same.

#1 - One avenue, two income streams.
Basicly for every type of animal they need to have at least 2 but 3 is better ways to make an income. So for rabbits you can sell pets, show rabbits. As well as wool, bunny poo, pelts, meat, ext..

#2 - Become known with one then expand.
Meaning find that one thing that you love to do and are really good at and become known for it. Then grow from there.

#3 - Waiting lists are gold!
Never rely on someone to get back with you. Life gets busy and people forget, but if you get their contact info and you can contact them you will increase your sales by double. I personally don't have to advertise animals for sale but maybe twice per year. The rest are sold to people waiting for animals.

#4 - Treat it like a business.
I saw many people do this on the comments but keep track of everything you spend. Even if it is a $5 brush. This will help you be able to see where you need to cut back if animals are not selling like they should. As hard as it is don't get attached to the animals going to be sold. Keep the adults as your pets but avoid those cute little furry faces like the pelage.

Hope this was somewhat helpful.

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Post Number:#25  Unread postby Sagebrush » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:57 am


:yeahthat: Exactly what Leahs Lovely Lops said.

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Post Number:#26  Unread postby macksmom98 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:25 am


Love what Leahs Lovely Lops said!

The idea of treating it like a business is key. We have made money on our rabbits, enough to pay for more rabbits and all that they require. Its been good! But we also show and work to improve our lines, and started with Holland Lops (which is what we are known for). We now have Calis, Giant Chins, and Lionheads too. The best source of advertising for me has been facebook. I created a business facebook page, South Texas Holland Lops and do updates when new litters are born. This keeps things fresh in my customers minds and then they flock to me for bunnies! I have only had to advertise on Craigslist once this year I believe, for an older doe (they are always the toughest to sell as most want babies). Mine all sell for $50 for pet quality, $100 for pedigreed/show quality. And we are just now building our show line so we have yet to try out the $100 price margin. No one in our area sells BEW Hollands, so we are setting up for that next year too (now is summer break so we are acquiring stock).

We have business cards, set goals for our business, track income and expenses (just starting that and its tough but I know it will pay off in the end), and always send off our bunnies with some feed and info on how to care for them.

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