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Where to Buy Meat Rabbits

There are many places to buy rabbits, but if you want to be certain that you are getting a good line of rabbits with meat quality traits (high milk production, can be bred frequently, large litter size, good mother, fur easy to care for, not prone to sore hocks ), you’ll need to find yourself a serious hobby or professional meat breeder. Those who breed for show or pets will be looking for different physical traits in their rabbits.

Good places to start looking for meat rabbits:

  • Classified ads in your local newspaper and free classifieds fliers
  • Search Craigslist in your area
  • Call your local feed store and ask if they know someone in the area
  • The American Rabbit Breeder Association’s website (www.arba.net/Breeders.php). You can narrow your search to specific states and meat rabbit breeds.

A visit to the rabbit breeder’s facilities should tell you about their standards and if you want a bunny from them. A clean rabbitry is a healthy rabbitry. If the place seems dirty or smells, leave. No excuses are acceptable.

Steer clear of pet stores, flea markets and backyard breeders. Rescue organizations and animal shelters are a good source for a pet bunny, but not a place to start your breeding line.

When you do find a breeder you feel comfortable with and select your bunnies, make sure the breeder demonstrates how to sex rabbits (determine male from female.) Explaining it is harder than seeing it and the information will be vital when you’re trying to figure out which rabbits to breed, butcher or sell. Once the rabbits become more mature, some physical traits will give away their sex: medium and large breed does (females) have nipples and a dewlap (a large skin fold under their chin); bucks (males) have blockier heads, are usually a bit smaller than does and tent to have visible testicles after 3 months of age.

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5 Comments

  1. I want to buy rabbit meat in manila can you give me locations ? Thanks JJ

  2. I would like to buy some rabbit meat, economically??? do you know of anyone selling in the Long Beach/ Los Angeles area

  3. We raise Silver Foxes , Champagne D Argents, White Flemish, Rhilanders, Califonrians , and Californian Rexes, New Zealand red and whites , all these breeds we raise for meat some excle in Loin or leg and thigh, but we cull for the best mommas and Biggest bucks with keeping a gentic diversty, so we keep form inbreeding our email kidntyme@bellsouth.net were located in NW florida

  4. Hello i live in north west PA what breed would be ideal for me to raise for meat?

  5. Hi Jack,
    One of the most important things when you are looking for rabbits is that they come from your general area so that they will be best acclimated for the weather changes. Californians and New Zealands are usually some of the easiest to find but you may also want to raise rabbits to sell as pets or for other reasons, which means that you likely want something rather than a plain white rabbit with red eyes.

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