What age to dispatch?

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Hi there!

okay I have done a ton of reading and I am getting no straight concise answer on this.
What age do you dispatch your meat rabbits?
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Hi there!

okay I have done a ton of reading and I am getting no straight concise answer on this.
What age do you dispatch your meat rabbits?
TIA
Hello,
I start slaughtering at 12 weeks old. I typically weight them then and if they’re 5lbs or over at that age they are ready. If they grew particularly quickly and are a good size then I might keep them as a breeder. If they aren’t 5lbs, you can keep them around a bit longer, or just slaughter them then, they’ll still make a fine carcass. Once you get much past 12 weeks I think they are no longer considered a fryer.
 

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It really depends on your line of rabbits, what you feed, and your preferences. Above mentioned way to do it is imho quite common I reckon, I do it differently since I feed mostly forage and it takes about 16-20 weeks to get to a decent weight, I also prefer them to be bigger than fryers.

I rather like to have small litters that i feed longer than many growouts to get the same amount of meat. texture, tenderness etc. doesn't matter to me, don't see that much difference anyway.
 
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You will not get a concise answer. Just like you won't get a concise answer on how to cook your steak! Different for different use or different person.

With that said, on most meat breeds a fryer (young tender frying meat) 4 to 6 pounds is ideal. The old standard used to be 4 pounds at 8 weeks. Now most people want a little bigger fryer (commercial is 5 to 6.8 pounds).

Age wise - depending on genetics, feed, watering, etc, etc.

For me, 8 to 10 weeks.
 

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You will not get a concise answer. Just like you won't get a concise answer on how to cook your steak! Different for different use or different person.

With that said, on most meat breeds a fryer (young tender frying meat) 4 to 6 pounds is ideal. The old standard used to be 4 pounds at 8 weeks. Now most people want a little bigger fryer (commercial is 5 to 6.8 pounds).

Age wise - depending on genetics, feed, watering, etc, etc.

For me, 8 to 10 weeks.
Wow! I never even thought to weigh them. Lol. I was aiming for 10-12 weeks. How in the world do you weigh them without them hopping away!?!ROFL
 

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I will try that I have a kitchen scale that would work should I be able to get the bunny to stay. Lol
 

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To weigh them they can be placed in a 5 gallon bucket. The lid can be placed on it to hold them or make it darker.
We butcher our friers at 12 weeks old.
 
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