MaggieJ":25om0qt0 said:I don't really think there is much point outcrossing dwarf rabbits to improve their meat/bone ratio. All you'll end up with is a bunch of dwarf mutts that are still not optimal for the dinner table and have no other purpose.
If you are just using your culls for meat, the ratio really doesn't matter--you're just solving a problem of too many substandard rabbits in a way that doesn't waste them.
If, on the other hand, you are serious about breeding for meat, you'd do better to get a trio of meat-breed rabbits. Decent meat mutts are not expensive.
In your case, I suggest you start with processing a cull or two. See if you can handle it comfortably and if you like the taste of rabbit meat. Then make your decision.
Maleficent":tvssv2or said:That sounds very possible for me to do. I already have a few lion head MR crosses from my first litter. Mom was an oversized lion head (like really over sized! 7lbs and it was all meat). I still have her and there were plans to breed her back to one of her sons. I kept one of her daughters as well with plans to bred her back to one of her brothers.
I may consider that considering I just got a hold of a couple of Dutch recently. (Their breeder was getting rid of them for poor markings and let me have them for free as she would cull them otherwise and didn't want them going to pet homes. When she heard I was looking for rabbits that could be decent meat producers she was like "Here, take these two" XD)ladysown":2t4b8rkg said:Unless you are breeding you the full standard, but you just want the mane, you could bored any smaller Rabbit together. In my experience a Dutch/mini Rex combined with lop makes a good small meat Rabbit with potential for pet sales. If you have a larger liohead, crossing withnmini rex or Dutch should get you 6-7 lb meat buns