Want to know the best way to be successful with raising meat rabbits? Build a simple set up! I will show you how we had ours set up, and give you some key tips to have your own easy set up. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but if you do it right the first time, your rabbits will be so simple to care for.
One thing I know for sure, animals are much more enjoyable if you aren’t spending all your time taking care of their needs. If their food and water only needs to be checked on once a day, it’s easy to spend 15 minutes giving the animal attention, rather than spending that 15 minutes filling up their food and water. Here is what we did to make our rabbits easy to care for.
Easy Meat Rabbit Set Up
You can buy cages, but they are expensive. We also found that the bought cages were harder to clean, and didn’t give the rabbits as much room as we liked. Building the cages can be cheap, and you can personalize them. We used recycled materials, like wood from pallets. We made them bigger (about 2ft wide, 5 ft long and 2 ft tall), so they have room to run. We found that we liked the cages up off the ground. It made cleaning out the poop easier, and we were able to run a swap cooler under the cages which kept them cool during the Summer (major bonus). Here is an example of one of the first cages Curtis built.
We have these feeders, they are called J feeders. They attach right on to the cage so they don’t spill, and are metal so the rabbits can’t chew them up. With 1 rabbit, you can fill it up and it will last 3-4 days (longer if you are providing forage from your yard or garden too). When the does have a litter in with them, we need to fill up the feeders every day. If you would like ways to feed your rabbits without pellets, Beyond The Pellet is a great read.
Our water set up is simple. So simple. 5 gallon bucket, tubing, with rabbit nipples attached to their cage. Done. The 5 gallon bucket will last weeks, but I recommend you get in the habit of checking it daily. With this set up there is very little worry about the rabbits running out of water.
With nice cages, pellet feeders, automatic water, and some attention, you rabbits will be well taken care of. The does (we affectionately call them “mama rabbits”) can be so sweet. Every animal on the farm deserves some love, even if it is destined to be meat for my family.