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10 Health Benefits of Rabbit Meat

There are still a lot of people who haven’t tried rabbit meat. Who could blame them when we know that rabbits are not where we conventionally get our meat from. Some of you may not know this but back in the 1940s and 50s, rabbit meat was as common as chicken for dinner. During the times of the Great Depression, rabbit meat was what got people and their children through. During the second World War, rabbit meat was used to provide relief when there were shortages in red meat. It lost its popularity when AGRA wanted maximum profits and endorsed chemicals and handouts. Because of it, rabbits didn’t seem to make that much sense.

Lately though, rabbit meat has regained its popularity and has become a staple for some people in some parts of the world and for good reason too. You may ask now what is good with rabbit meat? What does it have? Is it different from other meat sources that we are more used to seeing on the grocery store shelves?

As mentioned before, domesticated rabbit is considered a rare food option for a lot of people in the US. This is because they have not yet rediscovered how rabbit meat is comparable to the meat coming from other sources and also that it can provide an economical alternative to larger animals.

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You may want to reconsider adding rabbit meat into your family’s diet, and here’s ten reasons why:

  1. It is one of the best sources of white meat that is available in the market these days.
  2. Rabbit meat contains a very high percentage of protein that is easily digestible.
  3. Among all the other available sources of meat, the meat coming from rabbits has the lowest amount of fat.
  4. If you are on a diet, rabbit meat can be your best option as it has less calorie value compared to other types of meat.
  5. Rabbit meat is almost cholesterol free; therefore it is friendly to the heart especially for people with heart problems or conditions.
  6. The rabbit meat’s sodium content is reasonably less than other meats.
  7. It contains high calcium and phosphorus, higher than what you can get from other available meat sources.
  8. Rabbit have high meat to bone ration, higher than that of the chickens. Meaning that there is more edible meat on the carcass than bones.
  9. It does not have a strong flavor that some of you may not like and it is comparable to having chicken.
  10. Rabbits are productive domestic livestock. One rabbit can produce six pounds of meat on the same feed and water that a cow will only produce 1 pound of meat with. So you see how advantageous it can be?

Now you know that there are a lot of health benefits that you can get out of eating rabbit meat. And not only is it healthier to consumer compared to other sources, it is also easier and cheaper to produce..


  1. When butchering rabbits for meat can you just throw away the heads and innards in the regular trash?

  2. Unless there are restrictions against it (given by your local trash company), you can put them in the regular trash. But you may want to store them in your freezer until pick up day to prevent unwanted smells.

    If you live in the country, you might want to drop them out somewhere for wild animals who will gladly eat them (generally you want to do this so they don’t wander onto your property) or you can sell some of the guts and such for catfish bait if you know a fisherman in your area.

  3. Experience gives you the short straight scoop. I raise New Zealand Whites for meat. It has nearly no flavor at all. It is a very healthy, low fat, high protein meat. If you bake it with chicken, it tastes like chicken. If you pressure cook it with a pot roast, it tastes like pot roast. If you mix two lb. with 1 lb. of Mackerel, Salmon or Chicken it makes more and improves that salad or fried patties. The same with any kind of bar-b-q, holiday stuffing or dressing. It is a neutral improvement to volume, texture and flavor of other meat preparation. Cost of raising rabbits compared to cost of buying other meat is an important factor to those wanting to improve their meat budget. At about 13.00 for 50 pounds of alfalfa pellets I have found that just feeding pellets costs around 20.00 per month per rabbit. My whole 2 acre country yard is planted in 3 kinds of Clover, Timothy and Alfalfa. Letting plantain and dandelions flourish is a plus. I have 3 large tarps that I place around to dump and dry all my clippings on. Investment in burlap bags keeps your clippings dry for storage, however large plastic bags will work if you are sure clippings are absolutely dry. All the savings you will realize over buying other meat is how much hay your rabbits eat. Most prefer good hay to pellets if given a choice. Many mother rabbits are poor parents. 28 days after breeding watch very closely for birthing to make sure the kits are in the nesting box and warm. If not you will lose litter after litter. Being prepared for survival and experience are important. You have to not be lazy and be dedicated to the chores to be successful as with anything.

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