Some folks simply won’t be happy with this article but I would be remiss not to share some very interesting points when it comes to a dynamite package for homestead protein. This is the first in a series of articles I plan to write to share the economic value that such a small animal can bring to your family. Let me make one thing perfectly clear before I begin, we are talking about rabbits here, not bunnies.
The meat of domestic rabbits is all white meat and has a higher percentage of protein but lower percentage of fat and cholesterol than beef, pork or chicken. In terms of nutritional content rabbit meat simply can not be beat. The meat of a rabbit is not only lean, but tender and mild flavored as well and can easily replace chicken in almost any recipe, in fact the hindquarter of a rabbit can easily be mistaken for a drumstick and thigh, except the fact that it is in fact, all white meat.
As far as productivity goes, a single doe can out produce a cow in terms of high quality meat produced in a single year, conceivably producing over 500 pounds of meat with a well managed plan. With a gestation period of just at a month, and the large number of kits a good doe can birth, coupled with the fast growth rate, a couple of does and a single buck can produce plenty of meat for your family.
For a prepper there simply is no better protein source available, and certainly not at such a low startup cost. A cage, some feed and a few rabbits (I recommend starting with 2-3 proven does and 1 buck) are all the equipment necessary. If you can’t bring yourself to eat rabbit except in the most dire of circumstances then consider breeding them, selling the babies and buying T-bones.
Knowing you have a steady supply of high quality protein available should times get rough has a lot of value. The ease of care, the low cost and the high output should definitely have you considering where to put a set of cages.