In the late 1930s, the Great Depression was in full swing. Many families raised rabbits in pens in their backyards to supplement the victory gardens or meager grocery budget. They would gather grass or spent vegetables to feed their rabbits. So we can learn from our parents and grandparents, rabbits can be a good source of protein for your family during tough times. They multiply quickly, don’t need much space, don’t eat much food, produce excellent manure, and are easy to handle and butcher. Join The Rabbit Revolution! Raise Rabbits Today! Start your own self sufficient family meat supply and feed your family and gardens today! Enjoy it today so you can learn everything now so that you will know tomorrow. Think of it as money in the bank (or is that a bad saying, rabbits maybe worth more than money!)
When feeding your rabbits to help sustain you and your family in a SHTF situation you would want to feed them as cheap and as easily as possible. I have chosen to go as natural as possible. I feed a lot of grass, weeds, garden scraps and produce, brambles, herbs, tree twigs and sometimes a little fruit or dried bread. We still feed pellet food regularly but lower amounts than if I did not feeding naturally, and could change their diet to just natural if necessary. Because of them eating more that just pellets, there food source can be changed sooner than a rabbit just fed pellets.
When starting to use green food introduce it slowly over a two-week period to your bunnies. You need to give their gut time to develop the correct bacteria for digesting new foods. By doing this I have never had any trouble with diarrhea in my rabbitry. If you do then back off the forage for a day and give a straw or dried grass hay or a small piece of dry bread. By keeping your rabbits on both pelleted food and green food this can help out in case one or the other food source gives out. You need to make sure you feed both types at least every other day to keep their guts used to both.
SOME GOOD SHTF RABBIT FACTS-
Rabbits are quiet, No one will know you have a meat supply.
Rabbits take up very little space, Easily hidden.
Rabbits reproduce quickly. Fast sustaining meat supply.
Rabbits can be butcher as needed so no need for refrigeration
You only need one buck for every 10 does, Less mouths to feed.
Each doe will have on average 40 kits per year- l00+ lbs meat
Rabbits have a very short gestation period (31 days). Can be re bred 2 weeks after giving birth
Rabbits sexually mature at about 5 to 6 months- Quick to add new breeding stock to up meat production.
Rabbit manure is the best fertilizer. Needed for your high production survival gardens.
Rabbits are herbivores. They do not compete with humans for a food source
Rabbits can handle many different climates, Can be raised in a multitude of environments
Rabbits also produce pelts witch can be used for home or trade- Great for keeping warm by making hats, mittens, blankets,coats etc!
Rabbit Meat,pelts,manure, and breeding pairs can be used for a good bartering item
Rabbits are inexpensive A 50lb bag of food is about $13+, as of the date of this post, It will rise! A adult rabbit should be fed a cup a day
Did I mention how tasty rabbit meat is! You can cook it many ways bake it, fry it,roast it, smoke it, make jerky,can it and more!
Caging can be made with locally scavenged materials. such as pallets and native trees or construction debris
So get some rabbits and raise some good healthy meat you owe it to your family so in tough times you will have some meat on the table and in good times you will have a chance to see how to raise, feed and care for rabbits! Join The Rabbit Revolution! Check out the FEEDING RABBIT NATURALLY post for more good information on the subject.