rabbitlogoRise and Shine Rabbitry is small rabbitry in  Maine. We promote raising rabbits for homestead use. Our rabbits get premium care since we only raise a small number. They are kept in individual raised cages inside a barn and some hutches outside. They are shaded through the summer heat with shade cloth and kept warm and dry all winter while enjoying the company of a flock of silkies for bug control.

Twice a day they have pasture plants and grasses and other homegrown produce scythed for them and served up fresh (in season), so even though we choose not to keep them on the grass directly they are still reaping the benefits of a nutritious and natural diet. Through the winter months we feed them hay and their diet is also supplemented year-round with a pelleted feed and root crops also an herbal hay mix we dry that we store for the winter rabbit “blahs”. We’re also growing sprouts and experimenting with other homegrown foods to grow in our short season! Stay tuned for interesting stuff this year!

In this blog I will discuss how rabbits are the best of all livestock to raise for self-sufficiency and homesteading be it urban or rural, as well as discussing feeding, management, different practices of rabbit raising and even butchering and cooking rabbit.

Rabbit breeders sooner or later have problems in their quest of raising rabbits and it is my goal that some of the enclosed tips, hints, ideas and information here and on our Facebook page help all who want to get started raising rabbits. I have collected all my knowledge from years of raising rabbits and I want to share it with you! If you are interested in a topic let me know I will write-up a post, do a podcast, or write an article in a newspaper. Just drop me an email riseandshinerabbitry@hotmail.com Our motto “Raising Meat Rabbits To Save The World!!”

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  1. I really enjoyed your interview on The Self Sufficient Gardener. You mentioned using grass clippings and drying them. Why do you dry them before feeding? Is it for storage? I feed my rabbits lots of weeds along with pellets for convenience, having introduced the weeds early to babies have had no problems. Just wondering why you dry the grass before feeding.

    Looks like a great site. I’ll have to take time to run through some articles. Time is a premiem, and audio usually works best for me because I do a mindless job 10 hours a day and can listen to all the podcasts I want during that time.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Thanks, glad you liked it! I also did one with The Human Path- podcast 100.
      I dry the grass clippings because they ferment quickly and get hot, That’s not good for rabbits! You can feed when the grass cools down and airs out(also getting out the clumps).I also feed weeds and other grown stuff, I also do the same with the kits gets their gut flora going for a new feed source. gradually introducing feed stuff is the way to go

  2. Heard about you on TSP http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

    Great information, thanks.

  3. I also heard you on TSP. I grew up in Casco and still maintain my father’s home in Mechanic Falls. It was great to hear a fellow Mainer on Jack’s show. I’m scheduled to be on sometime in June.

  4. Matthew from Gooseneck, Ga

    Sir I know you like satins. Do you have any experience with Florida whites? I read they also are a good meat rabbit and have a better meat to food ratio? I think that is what I read.
    Anyway sir I look forward to reading all your posts.

  5. I heard you on the TSP podcast…Great info! I’ve been thinking of raising rabbits for some time now and after your interview with Jack I went and picked up a New Zealand White buck and a doe. They are about 8 weeks old. I’m going to pick up a couple of more doe’s in about a week when he gets them weined. Now to start building a hutch!

    Thanks for all the great info!!

  6. I am starting to build cages. how many would you suggest, I plan on having a buck and two does. Raising the offsring to fryers.

  7. I heard you on TSP. We have a California Buck and a Giant Flemish female. They just had their first litter of 4, 10 weeks ago. I’m amazed at how big they are. The female isn’t quite a year old yet. My question is, for continuing. . I want to get another female, probably another california. How many years can you breed a doe/buck? And then do you need to buy new ones to replace them, or can you rebreed their offspring with each other? I have no knowledge of how that would affect future offspring.


  8. Hello, first heard you on the survival podcast. I recently joined the rabbit bandwagon as a way to raise some of my own meat. I have one doe that has “gunk” in the ear. No other rabbits are affected and she is otherwise in perfect health. Does anyone know of a good way to rid the ear of the “gunk”. Thx.

    • Tom, Sounds like ear mites any oil will work mineral, olive, ect. Add a few drops in each ear rubbing the base. Repeating every day for four days, Then every four days until cleared up. Then every 4 weeks as a preventive. I would treat every rabbit just for a precaution! I do all my rabbits once a month and have never had it in my rabbitry. I have a mix i make up of mineral oil with a drop of ACV, a few drops of rosemary oil,and camphor oil let me know how you make out!

  9. Hi Rick,
    I too heard you on the survival podcast today. ( I’m slowly catching up) I keep rabbits at home for the same reasons you do only on a 1buck 2 doe set up. The thing is I am in the UK, England to be precise and I heard you say you needed seeds but have to place a $70 order.

    I would be more than happy to help you out by getting some seeds and sending them over to you. From memory I think you said kale was what you were after. Anyway, email me if I can be of help.

  10. Do you have pictures of your rabbit housing, here at your site?

  11. Can you ship comfrey to Georgia? Please send response to my email address below.

  12. I’m in the South, where we just went through another extremely warm summer, with over 25 days of 100+ temperatures. Since it would be almost impossible to keep a buck from becoming sterile in that type of heat, would it be a good idea to time a breeding to one of the does so that you could raise a buck that would reach breeding age around the first of September and use him to breed to back to the does? Is this even worth pursuing? Just wanted your thoughts.

  13. Thank you for taking the time, effort, you’ve put into your blog. My rabbits are also on a mixed diet of first cutting, pellets, and greens from my garden. I’am looking forward to reading more. Happy Holidays.

    • Glad you like the blog! Check us out on facebook for daily information. If you have any ideas for new posts please let me know. I always like to hear what people want to know about and how they raise their rabbits.

  14. I am looking for somewhere or someone who will tan rabbit hides for me for a fee. I have 20 or so hides I need tanned . any ideas . i live in oregon.

  15. Wow, looks like lots of helpful info. I wanted to listen to the podcasts but I was unable to retrieve the one about raising rabbits in the heat. We get hot weather where I live so I was interested in that one for sure. Is there a way to get an archive copy of that one? Thanks much. Ken

  16. I “found” the podcasts on iTunes, but they don’t play or download. I am new to iTunes but it seems that maybe the server they were on is no longer. Does anyone else know where else I might get a copy? Thanks ken

  17. Donald Hutchinson

    My wife and I would like to start raising rabbits this year. We live in Maine. Are you open to visitors? Heard you on TSP.

    • I have a small backyard rabbitry that is my hobby. I do not have regular hours at the rabbitry. I work crazy hours at my job, so I do everything by appointment. Just give me a call a we can set something up. Tough in the winter months, gotta walk through the snow and ice!

  18. Can anyone help me please. I am wanting to give my rabbits echinacea using capsules (instructions on the Medicinal Herbs for Rabbits section). How often should I add the herb water to their own drinking water? I don’t want to overdose, but I want it to be effective. One of my rabbits is struggling to fight off a skin infection, along with a respiratory problem. He has been on a 3 week course of antibiotics, but I want to try and help him naturally, if I can. I look forward to your reply :o)

    • I Would make a tea ands add it to the drinking water. I feed the leaves fresh in the growing season and dry the leaves to add to their winter hay mix. I feed a few leaves a couple times a week as a health tonic but in treatment I would increase remember to see how it affects your rabbit start slow first if any digestive problems stop right away. I am not a vet but I think rabbits would self medicate if in the wild so I think you are on the right patch good luck and let me know how it works out!

      • Hi there. I replied the other day, but added it as a new comment by accident. Would you be able to answer my additional questions. Thank you :o)

      • Michelle Rooney

        My rabbit has recovered from the skin infection but can’t seem to shake off the rhinitis. I had to take him to the vets yesterday and start him on another course of antibiotics. I thought that giving him echinacea tea in his drinking water and also coltsfoot tea (at different times of course), would help him get rid of the rhinitis. I am also feeding him on timothy hay, ready grass, fresh and dried dandelions, spring greens, fresh lavender, rosemary and lemon balm, together with a good quality dried food. Is there anything else I can do to help him fight off this infection?

  19. Thank you. I will give it a try. I have just added some pro-biotic to the drinking water to help after the antibiotics but will also add the echinacea when I can get hold of some capsules. I plan to buy at least one echinacea plant when they come into season, so I have a fresh supply to keep their immune system topped up. And you are right. I am sure they would self medicate in the wild. On another subject, can rabbits eat dogwood? :o)

    • I would also like to ask whether I can use echinacea and apple cider vinegar at the same time and is it necessary to use both or is one better than the other. Apologies for all the questions, but I want to get this right. Thanks :o)

    • Dogwood is not recommended for rabbits, however, wild rabbits have been known to eat dogwood bark and twigs. I recommend the “better safe than sorry” route and avoid giving foods to their rabbits that we aren’t sure are safe. At least this way you know the rabbit won’t poisoned. If you decide to try dogwood out on your rabbits, follow the same procedure you would with any new food, start off with very small amounts, then observe for a few days, then very slightly increase the amount, observe again, but i myself would try it on only one rabbit and see how it works.

  20. I really enjoyed reading your natural remedies. I am in a small town in Texas and can not get these plants fresh. Can I give my rabbits the capsules or teas of these plants instead or is fresh better?

  21. Can you tell me what you do with the “waste” parts when you process the rabbits for meat? We raise rabbits for meat but I would really like some ideas as to what to do with the “rest” of the rabbit as I hate to see it all wasted. Any ideas what to do with the hides (I know they can be tanned, but I don’t tan), feet, tails, ears, innards, heads? What does everyone else do with all that? Thanks!

  22. I have two does, one a NZ/Cal cross whom I got from a reputable breeder. She supposedly had already had one successful kit. The other is a NZW who had had no kits yet. My buck is a California. The NZW’s first litter in the fall was a dozen babies and they died in the first few days, (I did not know she couldn’t take care of them all). She is now due to have another kit any day now. The cross just had her second kit yesterday. She did not pull any fur and when I went out in the afternoon to check her she was having her kit in the pen, not the nest box I had provided for her. I put straw in the box, put the 8 babies in the box and tried to pull some fur off her to put in box, but was not very successful. I then left them alone. When I got up this morning, I saw her in the box, but when I went to feed her awhile later, they were all dead. Was it just because they got too cold because she hadn’t pulled fur? And why would she not have pulled any fur? How long should I wait to re-breed her?

    Thanks for all your help.

  23. Louise Jackson

    My daughter and i are just starting out with our rabbits. We have one sable lionhead doe which is going to kindel soon. One 4 yr. Holland mini lop, which is the sire. Also one 3 month broken orange lionlop buck. We need all of the of the advice we can get. On feeding fresh plants, we live in Deep East Texas , Lufkin, Tx. and have plenty of room to plant a rabbit garden. But don’t know what kind would be the most benifical.

  24. Betty Bell-Jones

    Hi! enjoy your news letters very much. I raised rabbits a few years ago and am now getting back into rais8ing them. This time I wanted to raise them so I can use the poop for worms and put the mulch on the garden etc. i have been out of the loop for a while as my computer has been down. I thought I saw where you sell redworms but I cannot find the info i am looking for. Do you sell redworms and would you ship to Oregon? Also am wondering how you have your hay feeders set up so the rabbits don’t drop it all on the ground. Mine go through about a fifty pound bale of hay a week and about 90% is on the ground under the cages. Good for the worms but rather spendy. Any info you can give me would be appreciated. Thanks BBJ

    • I saw a hutch design that showed a long hutch separated into 2 compartments, and there was a space in between to put the hay. I’ve built some runs that are 4 ft wide x 3 ft high by 5 or more ft long, the walls are 1″ x 2″ mesh. I put them end to end and left about 4″ between them, and stuff the hay into that space. Seemed a better solution than using a hay rick, those didn’t seem to hold very much. The rabbits seem to like it.

      Is there any issue with redworms being invasive? I read somewhere that in Minnesota the old earthworms were being out-competed by a new imported kind that broke down the leaf litter a lot faster, and it was changing the ecology of the forests.

  25. Betty Bell-Jones

    Hi! Thank you for the information on the cages sounds like a good plan I have to make some cages and I will give that a try.
    Do you sell redworms? If so I would like more information.


  26. My rabbits are on the ground in large family groups. There is a 4 foot hardware cloth pen lined on the bottom with hardware cloth and in the spots where it rusted (since 1989) and they dug through, cement patches. The buck is in with everyone and there is no baby killing. They have about 10 feet by 50 feet. We got our latest from a Mennonite family who had them in individual cages in a dark shed. They told us they hadn’t produced litters in 3 years. I thought “vitamin D deficiency”. We got them home, put them on the ground in their new outside pen and there were new babies very quickly. They have shade areas which they may freely move to and sunny areas which they may freely move to. They also have cement houses to replicate the inderground den, and when a mother has a litter, she shoves dirt against the doorway to block others from bothering her kits. She goes in twice a day, from what we have observed, to nurse.
    The outer border has a solar electric wire to keep my dogs from messing with the fence, and an upper one to keep the cats out. We have been raven free until 2 years ago, and then relented by putting bird netting over an overhead frame. We have had one badger break in, before we put the lower wire on. The cement houses proteced the rabbits as the doors were too small for him to get in.

    We also have goats, and we are more and more concerned with GMO alfalfa damaging our animals. My local haymen don’t seem to know for sure of their seed is GMO or not. I am working on growing my own no GMO pasture.

  27. That sounds like a nice setup. Interesting that they don’t cut through the hardware cloth. But my sense is that, given enough space, they’re less restless. My buck that’s in 4 sq feet is very restless, but given 25 sq ft and a view of other rabbits, my other buck seems more peaceful.

    Do they have too many litters when they’re all together? Interbreed too frequently? Do you have any trouble catching them when you need to?

    I’d like to see a picture of the cement houses. I put some sections of clay chimney flue in with mine and they enjoy that and can hide in them.

    Any problems with ticks?

  28. I have never had an issue with ticks here, Not on the dogs or anybody. And the fleas only like the squirrels. It is pretty dry here and when i first moved here, the fleas disappeared off my dogs. Maybe squirrel fleas are more adapted to dry.
    The hardware cloth is similar to that used for hutches. It’s pretty hard to break through. I have only had badgers and my own dogs break through it. Tyhen I put up the electric wire and that was the end of that.
    I have a separate pen that I put young bucks and those are meat. So in a sense I keep the population regulated that way. I know they do interbreed, but you know in 16 years, they haven’t shown any weakness. If you check out http://www.westonaprice.org and Prices Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, you will see most health problems are not genetic, but nutritional. Now those books are about humans mainly, but the principle still applies. Also Pottenger’s cats is a great study.

    We feed kelp meal as free choice in 50 lb gravity feeders. They are actually dog feeders but I block the swinging door so they don’t go inside and get locked in. We feed alfalfa hay communally, and in summer local weeds and radishes and greens from the garden. In the past I have fed COB with molasses free choice but now we are very concerned with GMO. Look up GMO rats, GMO soy rats and GMO corn rats- huge tumors, in the GMO corn rats studies. And high mortality in GMO soy rats. 50% infant death. And the survivors were a third of the size of controls, and their had poor coats and weak constitutions. And they were infertile by the 3rd generation. These foods are widespread in the human food supply (they sneak them in, you really have to read labels and learn their sneaky way of labeling so we still don’t know ). Anyway, None dare call it a conspiracy, but it seems awful obvious that if they know these things and the FDA and USDA still allows these things in the food supply , they do it all knowingly and willingly. And look at all the illness here.
    Anyway, I used to also feed free choice rice bran (excellent protein, vitamin E and fatty acid profiles) but 2 years ago or so, the rice became contaminated with arsenic- so we have stopped feedin g it to all livestock and ourselves. Even Lundburg organic rice admits to 90 ppm. So I have settled on growing my own lentils and an old grain I have recently learned of that my co-op carries- camelina seed. I figure the greens from these should also be good. Lentils are known for their high protein, and the greens are a clover like plant as it is a legume. I haven’t yet gotten my camelina seed.

    I went through a series of waterers for the communal feeding, and various ones for horses and floats, they managed to keep just filthy, or break- so I settled on a lixit on the hose. I just have to insulate it and put heat tape on it in the winter.

    Catching them, a fishing net with a long handle. Looking into the rubber one for reduction in biting out of it.

  29. Thank you, all very helpful. I’m pretty upset about the GMO issues too.

    Just read a nice piece on catching them at the rabbitgeek’s site, their article on colonies: “Catching rabbits on the fly may not be for everyone. I like it a lot!…and the rabbits are playful about it if they are never pushed hard as in a chase or a grab. Follow the rabbit’s eye as it runs, if it runs. Move your feet as little as possible and always avoid forward steps if you do move them while the rabbit runs. Shuffle, if you need to make a forward motion. Keep the side of your shoulder even with the rabbit of your focus, instead of showing it a frontal body stance. In some situations, and with certain rabbits that know how to be evasive and have gained experience with freedom and survival from threat, the tactic of staring with one eye open (the near one, of course!), as silly as this sounds to us, can be less threatening to them…making catching easier. To understand why this could make a difference, remember the facial structure of rabbits and other herbivores when compared to us and other ‘hunters’. When stared at steadily, the rabbit will stop and/or turn… it won’t run forever in a circle around you if you stare at it steadily. Have your dominant catching hand still, but ready for a deliberate motion . Reach and step forward, GENTLY place your hand over the rabbit’s eyes (giving it the place to hide it needs) and hook that hand under its chest, at the same time scooping the crook of its diagonal hind leg with your other hand. Lift it up, firmly hugging it with your arms, carefully restricting the shoulder and hips from too much jumpiness. Tuck the head under your arm if the rabbit panicked or won’t calmly settle. I catch rabbits in order to check their identifying tattoo, to learn and record distinctions between them, to pose them, to weigh them periodically, and to check them all over for whatever purpose. After handling them, I always place them down hind end first — with them facing my feet — so they are not running away from me as they leave. I think the final point is quite influential to their perception of the handler. With the sideways body stance and maintained eye contact, catching a rabbit often is as simple as reaching out, placing hand-over-eyes, a scoop up, and a firm hold. 10 minutes/10 rabbits.”

    Guess I’ll go practice on my young ‘uns!

  30. Sounds like too much work to me.
    One advantage of having the cement houses inside the pen is that the rabbits go in to keep cool in summer, and also when you need to cull, they will go int there to hide, so it is more often a matter of taking them out of the house. They are fairly large houses. About 2 feet by 2 feet.

  31. Just a question x I have a london pane tree in my back yard that has been chopped for the summer so I have loads of logs that id like to put into the rabbit hutch for nibbles and play! Do you know if these are safe, http://www.british-trees.com/treeguide/planes/nhmsys0000461779

  32. I think most trees are OK for rabbits unless they’ve got known toxins. Even then probably OK in small amounts. I’ve been reading Guido Mase’s book The Wild Medicine Solution and he talks at length about the old king who regularly ate small amounts of bitter and slightly poisonous plants and developed quite an immunity to poisons. Anyway we used to have sycamores on my street in Brooklyn, NY and they’re a lovely tree. Here’s a post which would indicate to me that the wood would be OK for nibbling on, it was used for wooden spoons amongst other things:

    Here’s a question: has anyone here managed to kill a rabbit or taint the meat by feeding it a fresh but poisonous plant?

  33. I am keen to feed my bunny with echinacea herbs. Tried feed 1/4 teaspoon but he doesn’t like it and want to eat. Can I boil the herbs with water cool it and use syringe to feed it? Or should I get the echinacea capsule and mix with water and use syringe feed him. Can you advice me the quantity to mix as I am afraid of overdose. Thanks.

  34. I had a question. Is it an acceptable part of their diet if I feed rabbits grass clippings instead of hay or straw?

  35. Could I add your website link to our rabbitry’s link page? You have a ton of wonderful and valuable information for rabbit breeders.

  36. I was looking for information on GMOs. We have been raising MR to show for almost 18 yrs. In the last 2-3 yrs our litters have gone down to a point we hardly have anything to show. I would be interested in learning more about the amounts and type of feed you use. On another note I sure wish I had found this site when I was a 4-H leader.

  37. When I ask my haymen if they are using GMO seed, they act ignorant and say they don’t know. We need to ask if their feed is “Round Up Ready”. This will make more sense to them. I also have been having infertility.
    Here are some articles;
    “…Lab tests indicate that the pathogen is also present in a “wide variety” of livestock that is suffering from infertility and spontaneous abortions. Huber warned that the pathogen may be responsible for reports of increased fertility rates in dairy cows and spontaneous abortions in cattle that reach as high a 45 percent….”

    “…It’s important to realize that glyphosate is not “just” an herbicide. As explained by Dr. Huber, it was first patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, so they’re not physiologically available for your body.

    “You may have the mineral [in the plant], but if it’s chelated with glyphosate, it’s not going to be available physiologically for you to use, so you’re just eating a piece of gravel,” Dr. Huber says….Naturally, health effects are bound to occur if you’re consistently eating foods from which your body cannot extract critical nutrients and minerals. Mineral deficiencies can lead to developmental and mental health issues, for example. Glyphosate is also patented as an antibiotic—and a very effective one at that— against a large number of beneficial organisms. Unfortunately, like all antibiotics, it also kills vitally important beneficial soil bacteria and human gut bacteria.

    “Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Enterococcus faecalis—these are organisms that keep you healthy either by providing accessibility to the minerals in your food or producing many of the vitamins that you need for life. They’re also the natural biological defenses to keep Clostridium, Salmonella, and E.coli from developing in your system,” Dr. Huber explains.

    “When you take the good bacteria out, then the bad bacteria fill that void, because there aren’t any voids in nature. We have all of these gut-related problems, whether it’s autism, leaky gut, C. difficile diarrhea, gluten intolerance, or any of the other problems. All of these diseases are an expression of disruption of that intestinal microflora that keeps you healthy.”
    …..On May 1, the EPA went ahead and doubled the amount of glyphosate allowed in food… Soybean oil may now contain as much as 40 parts per million (ppm) of glyphosate. Meanwhile, research by Dr. Monika Krueger at Leipzig University shows that a tenth of a part per million is all that it takes to kill your Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Enterococcus faecalis! So soybean oil is now allowed to contain a whopping 400 times the known limit at which it can impact your health…Contrary to popular belief, we’re still only in the initial stages of understanding what we’re doing in that whole process: …We found out that a gene actually functions in relation to the environment and its relationship to other genes or other genetic components in that code. When you disrupt those relationships and the integrity of the genetic code, you end up with mutations and epigenetic effects that we’ve yet to explore.

    “We know they occur because for every one of those successful expressions that you get from genetic engineering, you have over a million other things that take place that are negative,” he says. “We also have potentially negative [effects] with the one that succeeded in expressing a particular protein that you want for genetic engineering. But nobody even looks for all of those other epigenetic effects that occur…..One of the things that we do know, since we don’t have the regulatory genes that would normally be part of those components from a regular breeding program, is that the genes that are being inserted are extremely promiscuous. They’re not stable. They may stay in and be transferred through a regular breeding program after they’re introduced. But we know that they can be transferred to soil microorganisms when the stubble or the grain is digested and decomposed in the soil—or in your gut……In the latter case, your gut flora can then pick up those same genes, and can start producing those foreign proteins, which are extremely allergenic. A perfect example of this was the StarLink corn, which produced a protein that turned out to be very toxic to humans. StarLink was grown 10 years ago for a pharmaceutical process. It was pulled off the market when they realized it had escaped from its confines and had the ability to contaminate corn destined for food production…….As discussed by Dr. Huber, research clearly shows that the novel proteins created in genetically engineered plants are highly allergenic, with the capability to promote diseases like cancer and liver or kidney failure….. Not only do GMOs alter your intestinal microflora, but research shows that human cells are also able to transfer those novel genes, thereby affecting the human genome.

    “Especially with generation two genetic engineering, called gene silencing—that section of the nucleic acid can actually be picked up or attached to your own genes, and then start shutting down your own physiology in that process… It’s well-documented in the scientific literature.”…..Glyphosate may also play a role in bee colony collapse disorder. As stated by Dr. Huber, there are three established characteristics of colony collapse disorder that suggests glyphosate may be (at least in part) responsible:

    The bees are mineral-deficient, especially in micronutrients
    There’s plenty of food present but they’re not able to utilize it or to digest it
    Dead bees are devoid of the Lactobacillus and the Bifidobacterium, which are components of their digestive system

    The bees also become disoriented, suggesting endocrine hormone disruption. Neonicotinoid insecticides, which are endocrine hormone disruptors, have been demonstrated to make a bee disoriented and unable to find its way back to the hive. Glyphosate is also a very strong endocrine hormone disruptor. …..lyphosate is probably the most harmful chronic toxin we’ve ever encountered, both in our environment and on our dinner plates. Their findings show that two of the key problems caused by glyphosate in the diet are nutritional deficiencies, and systemic toxicity.

    “It’s just that you don’t get killed or die today from it; you have to suffer through the process of gluten intolerance, leaky gut, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, autism, or any of those diseases that are related to the health of your gut, which we’re seeing now on an epidemic scale in our society,” he says……It’s also found in a large variety of livestock given GE feed who experience both spontaneous abortions and infertility. This includes cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Might it affect humans in the same way? Dr. Huber urged the USDA to investigate the matter and suspend approval of GE alfalfa until proper studies have been completed.

    “We know that all herbicides are chelators, mineral chelators. That’s how they compromise the plant’s physiology: they tie up a particular nutrient and shut down a physiologic pathway,” he says. “This wasn’t new from that standpoint. But the thing that was different [with glyphosate] was its biocidal effect. It’s not only a chelator, but it’s also a strong antibiotic to beneficial microorganisms. How do you compensate for that? How do you restore biological activities?

    Much of my research, which was focused on glyphosate, was focused on the biology and restoration of those mineral nutrients. I served on the National Plant Disease Recovery Program. I was chairman at that time and also for the USDA. I’ve also served for 40 years on our various threat pathogens committees and recognized what the potential problems were with Roundup Ready alfalfa.”

    The American Stock Growers’ Association also testified before Congress, saying that infertility was threatening the animal industry. Dr. Huber saw how all of these issues were connected—via genetically engineered crops and the application of glyphosate. He felt an obligation to alert the USDA secretary and to ask for his help in getting the research done before further jeopardizing not only our fourth most important crop, but also our entire animal production because of the prevalence of this new abortogenic entity, found in high concentrations in GE or high-glyphosate intense growth conditions…..And the USDA scientists, who have a tremendous amount of knowledge on the impact of glyphosate, have all been muzzled. They’re not permitted to say anything about it. I got a phone call from one a few weeks ago. He said, ‘I’ll be retiring fairly soon. I plan on moving off and sharing that stage with you because I have a lot that I want to say. I just can’t say it right now.’” …..In a nutshell, the foundation of health – whether we’re talking about plants, soils, animals, or people – it really boils down to two things:

    Having adequate mineral nutrition, and
    Having that nutrition, in the case of plants, be supplied by an active soil microbial community, or having a strong soil biology

    Genetically engineered crops decimate both. How could it possibly be the answer to rising food demands? “

  38. Wilma Sofranko

    Hi Folks at Rise and Shine!! Great Blog and site. I am an organic farmer living in Kisii, Kenya and teaching organic farming. I stay at a Secondary School (high school) for orphans and we are about to embark on a rabbit project for urine collection, manure use for our farm, and for meat for the students. the entire school is a demonstration for organic principles.We would like to establish a relationship with you and perhaps an information exchange as we embark on our rabbit venture with the students.
    Here is a BLOG I am keeping on all my activities here in Kisii: http://www.kireeco@wordpress.com. Hope to hear from you soon. venusrisingkenya@yahoo.com. Wilma

  39. I enjoy what you guys tend to be up too. This kind of
    clever work and reporting! Keep up the awesome works guys I’ve included you guys to blogroll.

  40. Love your site, fantastic information. I have a red satin doe, and am looking for a buck. Does anyone have any recomendations of where I can find a Red Satin Buck. Thanks, Kelly

  41. Love your site! So much great learning done here 🙂 I have one question or thought discussion: I have fed my dogs on raw diets and one of the things that I learned early on is that a balanced diet can happen over the course of 3 to 7 days. Even though every commercial kibble is a complete balanced diet, when doing it the natural way, nutrition balance is not achieved in every bite they take, as is normal of their eating habits in the wild. Not every day do they find all their nutritional needs, sometimes they have to scavange for whatever they can find. I know rabbits are herbivores versus carnivores but in feeding a natural diet of hays and forage, can it be similar for their needs? Maybe only feeding alfalfa every other day, especially if using the higher calcium greens achieving balance over the course of the week instead of every bite?

  42. whisperingsage

    If you read up on Weston Price’s study, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration free here; gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200251h.html and works by William Albrecht and Pottenger’s Cats, and then study up on vitamin K2, you will see that animals on green fresh forage have a special nutrient (now known as Vit K2, Price called it “factor X”), and even carnivores get nutrients from raw meat and organs they can’t get from cooked. The K2 we get from eggs, meat and milk from animals eating fresh greens do extra things for our bone health, our immune system, our heart health, our kidney health, our children’s development. And the development of our animals. So even though there is the fear of fermentation, I throw fresh stuff in daily for all my animals and let them pick and chose what they will eat, in my climate it is dry by day’s end anyway. Ideally I will eventually have rotating pens and grow everything fresh for their use.
    William Albrecht was the soil scientist that alerted us to mineral depletion in the 1940’s and promoted mineral balancing for health of forage and the creatures that eat it. He pointed out particularly the damage of simple magnesium deficiency on mortality of multiple species. Some of his work can be found free online- but his books are available cheap also. Another awesome livestock expert on deficient soils Pat Coleby, though she writes about cattle sheep goats and horses, her recommendations for minerals are the same for all- so we try to follow her model will all our animals- some are better at voluntarily taking what they need, others need them added to their feed.

  43. Rick. Last year about this time I wrote and asked if you had any New Zealand meat rabbits. Unfortunately I was unable to do rabbits last year. I am now ready and have the hutches done. I am looking for a buck and two does. Do you have any this year? I would love to start next week if possible.
    Rob Green

  44. Ron and Christy Wentz, Soggy Bottom Farm

    My hubby and I live in the twin tiers in NY. We have just started a rabbitry and winter is approached no. We get pretty cold and in Jan-March are in deep freeze. Our rabbit barn where we have 29 does and 3 bucks along with dzs of kits is draft proof which has led to a problem. The urine smell is awful. We don’t want open doors and windows when it gets cold. Do you have any suggestions? I was wanting to use the deep litter method like I do with my ducks and chickens but after two days I don’t want them breathing that in. It’s suppose to be 60’s for the next few days.

    Love your site. We have utilized for so many things so far.

  45. I absolutely LOVE this site! I began raising rabbits for meat a year ago, and have no experience with them. It’s really hard to find information regarding meat rabbits, I guess more people like them for companionship. I have been using this entire site as a reference guide and successfully ate my first rabbit a few days ago, breeding gave me issues. Thanks so much for all the useful information!!! ☺️

  46. Greetings!
    Are there any natural herbal methods to keep flies off of rabbits? I have an injured one and had to move it into the house to keep the flystrike from happening.

    I don’t like using chemicals I’d rather do it with Natural herbs and oils. Any suggestions?

    You have a great site. I use it as reference many times.
    I’m in the US.

  47. I don’t understand how to order. It wants my email and password. What password? I don’t have an account with you yet. How do I do this?

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