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    Pellet storage

    They like fresh best, but if it is not going to be fed right away you can treat it like hay and dry it, I used to hang bunches in the garden shed like herbs for the winter until I realized that the convenience of not having to gather branches in the rain was off-set by the inconvenience of...
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    Housing females/male close

    Oh, gosh, I hope I get to see them try this before I die. :ROFLMAO: I cannot picture the mechanics of the contortions the poor buck must go through! In seriousness, this is not something I had considered, and I would not be concerned if I had, because I have a very small (teeny) rabbitry right...
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    Ultra fat rabbits on scraps

    I think the thing is the fat on a rabbit is either just under the skin, or in the abdominal cavity. with the organs. Rabbits do not marble, like beef. If you want fat for rendering it may be that there is some, but I would assume that wont change the flavor of the meat much. I have yet to try...
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    How much shelter do bucks need?

    Honestly, you don't have real cold in texas. make them boxes with perforated floors, or as I do, just give them cardboard boxes (no tape, no colors). Mine are out of the rain with a roof, but all animals like a "hide". My bucks chew the cardboard, sit on top of the box like snoopy, throw the box...
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    Catching Rabbit Poop

    Etsy is AMAZING.
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    As much fat as possible

    My knee jerk reaction is "they don't". I know they do, a little, sometimes, once they are full adults, but fryers generally are pretty lean. If you really want fat rabbits you need to feed a lot of high energy foods, like sunflower seeds, root vegetables, and grains, but those are not really...
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    What are good healthy.......................

    Oh, I have a chunk of pumpkin in each cage as a seasonal treat right now too--they don't love it as much as I thought they would, but it is getting nibbled on and it makes me smile. You could carve a tiny jack'o'lantern for BunBun! Photo op for sure.
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    How often do you feed and water your rabbits?

    I have jfeeders with a hopper on the outside, and oversized/extra bottles, and a hay rack in each cage (just a bent piece of cage wire on one wall). I feed hay and pellets at liberty, and as much fresh forage as I have time to gather from the yard. I probably only need to be there every other...
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    Housing females/male close

    I have a buck next to does. I don't really mind that he sprays sometimes, they all know each other and breed really well for me that way. I get that if you were raising a wool breed it would be a problem, but meh, they are happy, what they like and what we like don't have to be the same. They...
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    What are good healthy.......................

    Blackberry vines!!! mine go nuts for any kind of bramble vine. You don't have to worry about the thorns they like them anyway! Also Maple leaves and branches and fruit tree branches and prunings are a big hit. Branches are a big hit in general, it helps them keep their teeth in good shape, and...
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    Catching Rabbit Poop

    I don't know everyone's reason, but wet urine covered manure is very smelly, and I live in town. I have no problem using it on my own garden, but I can see it would be less easy to acumulate and store, and by extension, sell.
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    Pellet storage

    @MaggieJ slightly off topic--I look forward to eventually switching to all forage year round, but that full time job really makes this rough, since the rabbits don't gather it themselves. In the summer it is doable, but once it starts being dark when I leave and dark when I return, it just gets...
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    Pellet storage

    I feed pellets (partially). I tend to keep them dry in the bag, indoors in a dry garage--it is cool and did I mention dry? I am in western washington, and that is the major challenge here. I am buying directly from the grain miller, so it is as fresh as I can get, but it is an hour away so I try...
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    Are chickens easier and cheaper than rabbits?

    it amuses me that I use the word "should" here and that is what set all this off, haha. I guess that is also an opinion--that these thoughts are worth thinking about in the first place. anyway, thank you for the conversation!
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    Are chickens easier and cheaper than rabbits?

    I don't think you need to delete the post BunBun71, it sparked an interesting discussion. We SHOULD all wrestle with these topics periodically. I have come to some conclusions based on my experiences, and other people have different conclusions. Sharing those is what it is all about, and...
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