Raising Meat Rabbits in Alberta

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Raising Meat Rabbits in Alberta

This book gives you the general principles of rabbit raising. It tells you how to choose a breed and buy your stock. Building and equipment requirements are discussed and illustrated. There are also sections on nutrition, reproduction, breeding problems, how to raise litters, diseases, breeding systems, and record keeping. 58 pages.

Agdex 476/20-1

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Table of contents

  • Why raise rabbits
  • Size of operation
  • Marketing
Choosing a Breed
  • New Zealand White
  • Californian
  • Champagne d'Argent
  • Flemish Giant
  • Florida White
Selecting foundation stock
  • Visual assessment
  • Record assessment
  • Age of stock
  • Buying entire rabbitries
  • Buying the buck
  • Tattoos and pedigrees
  • Registered stock
The building
  • Location
  • Size
  • Space allotment within the building
  • Construction and design
  • Heating
  • Ventilation
  • Lighting
  • Costs
  • Professional advice
  • Cages
  • Watering equipment
  • Feeding equipment.
  • Nest boxes
  • Other equipment
  • Basic equipment costs
Rabbit nutrition
  • Digestive system of the rabbit
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Feedstuffs
  • Kinds of feed and methods of feeding
  • Medication of feeds
  • Feed storage
  • Nutrition and disease
  • Changing rations
  • Fertility
  • Gestation period
  • Age to breed
  • Making matings
  • Determining pregnancy
Breeding problems
  • Pseudopregnancy
  • Factors that limit conception
  • Neonatal deaths and abortions
Raising the litter
  • Kindling
  • Care of the young litter
  • Fostering
  • Causes of losses in newborn rabbits
  • Care of the young litter
  • Lactation
  • Causes of losses in young out of the nest box
  • Weaning
Diseases and abnormalities
  • Stress
  • Diseases
  • Abnormalities
General herd management
  • Handling rabbits
  • Tattooing
  • Determining sex
  • Castration
  • Sanitation and disease control
  • Consulting a veterinarian
  • The use of drugs
  • Submissions of specimens for laboratory diagnosis
  • Daily management schedule
  • Breeding programs
  • Further considerations
Selecting replacement stock
  • Methods of improvement
  • Progeny testing
  • Replacement numbers
  • Selecting does
  • Selecting herd bucks
Genetics and breeding systems
  • Genetics
  • Traits
  • Breeding systems
Record keeping
  • The doe card
  • The buck card
  • The daily work card
  • Feed conversion ratio
  • Herd production summaries
  • Financial records
  • Pedigree book
  • Using home computers
  • Capital costs
  • Operational costs
  • Income
Problems of expansion

Glossary of rabbit terms

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This information published to the web on April 24, 2001.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 20, 2018.