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RoosterMania

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Hello everyone!

I've been a member of RT since 2011. Got my first trio of NZs from GBov and raised several litters, but got out of the meat rabbit game when my oldest daughter wouldn't eat rabbit meat. Well, she's grown and out on her own now, and with groceries getting so expensive, I'm trying to grow at least 90% of our food on our little hobby farm in SE GA. So it's time once again for some rabbits! I'm excited to be back in the game!

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My friends with cows had the same problem with the kids not eating the critters. Glad things are working out for you now that groceries are expensive - apparently everywhere now.
 

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My friends with cows had the same problem with the kids not eating the critters. Glad things are working out for you now that groceries are expensive - apparently everywhere now.
The good news is the six left at home love the farm life. We raised hogs last fall and they loved taking care of them and then eating them once they were processed. They also love to hunt and eat game, esp. squirrel. So I don't forsee the same issue this time.
 

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Welcome back, RoosterMania. Rabbits and gardens are made to work together. The weeds feed the rabbits and the rabbit poop enriches the soil. Hope all goes smoothly for you -- I admire what you are doing.
Thank you Maggie J.

I'd like to work it out were my herd will be able to still get good weights being fed minimal pellets, which would mean that most of there diet would be what we can forage from the yard/garden. I think pelleted feed will become increasingly expensive and hard to come by in the coming days. Also, I can't help but think that a more natural diet will be better for the rabbits and us as well.

Also, I'm working out a system to harvest both the rabbit poop and urine to use in the garden. A lot of rabbit farmers in Africa are bottling and selling urine for fertilizer/insect repellant now.
 

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Also, I'm working out a system to harvest both the rabbit poop and urine to use in the garden. A lot of rabbit farmers in Africa are bottling and selling urine for fertilizer/insect repellant now.
how do you use rabbit urine as insect repellant? for plants or for people? I can see it's use as fertilizer, but the other I don't quite get how.
 

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Thank you Maggie J.

I'd like to work it out were my herd will be able to still get good weights being fed minimal pellets, which would mean that most of there diet would be what we can forage from the yard/garden. I think pelleted feed will become increasingly expensive and hard to come by in the coming days. Also, I can't help but think that a more natural diet will be better for the rabbits and us as well.

Also, I'm working out a system to harvest both the rabbit poop and urine to use in the garden. A lot of rabbit farmers in Africa are bottling and selling urine for fertilizer/insect repellant now.
As with raising all animals, you are not in the animal business, but you are in the feed business, what you feed is for gain and that gain has a price. If forage is your primary source of nutrition for your rabbits , figure out how many pound of forage a day you will need and set aside that for pasture. You are blessed to know how to do this system. The knowledge to use it is wide spread but the wisdom to use it is limited.
 

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Hello everyone!

I've been a member of RT since 2011. Got my first trio of NZs from GBov and raised several litters, but got out of the meat rabbit game when my oldest daughter wouldn't eat rabbit meat. Well, she's grown and out on her own now, and with groceries getting so expensive, I'm trying to grow at least 90% of our food on our little hobby farm in SE GA. So it's time once again for some rabbits! I'm excited to be back in the game!

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Farming is no hobby, it is work . The term “hobby farm“ is a government revenue term because they can’t stand for you to take a tax deduction, but you are farming no matter how much land you till. Most garden spots will produce more than a thousand dollars in produce which is the threshold. But let’s keep that our little secret otherwise the revenue boys might get some crazy ideas and want to tax the garden. They are blood suckers!
oh and one more thing save your seed you will need them next year.
 
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