ACS Farm

Leader and Guide in Rabbit Farming

Rabbit Farming

ACS RABBIT FARM - an Indian based Rabbit Farming and Breeding company, was established in 2009. Since then we are into Rabbit Farming and Breeding and also deal in Exporting of Rabbit Meat as well as Rabbit By-products in large scale.

About Rabbit Farming

Rabbit farming is another livestock activity with great scope as it is relatively easy, rewarding and takes little space compared to other livestock activities. Rabbit farming can also provide a very valuable additional source of income in the rural areas. Another important consideration is food production cycle, which shows that rabbit need not be in competition with man for it's food.

There is huge demand of Rabbit Meat in world market, specially in Western and European countries. So production of rabbit for meat has become very important. Since we have our breeding program and specialized farmers working with us, We continue to develop our stock. We sell our stock from our Farm and our website so check out our Rabbit Catalogue for variety of rabbits. Here we have varieties of rabbits.

Why Rabbit Farming?

  • With available small investment and in a small place rabbit farming gives more income
  • Rabbits eat ordinary feed and convert them into a protein rich high quality meat
  • Apart from meat production they can also be reared for hide and fur

Rabbit Farming is for whom?

    For landless farmers, educated uneducated youth and women, job less peoples rabbit farming gives an additional income as a part

Rabbit breeds and Availability

  • White giant
  • Grey giant
  • Californian
  • Flemish giant
  • Newzealand white
  • Newzealand red

The Benefits of Rabbit Breeding and Farming

Rabbits are reared for various purposes in almost all the countries of the world.

(I) -- They are primarily raised for meat. Rabbit meal is highly nutritious, tasty and excellent in quality. Meat is rich in protein, low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Thus can be recommended for cardiac patients.

(II) -- Rabbits are extensively utilized as laboratory animals for clinical trails, as a model in bio-medical research and immunological experiments.

(III) -- Rabbits is also utilized for show and exhibition purposes.

(IV) -- Prolific reproduction and fast growth rate through out the year make rabbits to be regarding as biological refrigerator.

(V) -- Besides meat, rabbits is a source of fur and skin which are used for making fancy goods. Hairs are used for making pelt.

(VI) -- Due to shorter generation interval and high prolificacy it is possible to have quick return with low investment in rabbits farming. The capital requirements in rabbits raising is low compared to other livestock rearing.

(VII) -- Rabbits rearing is a flexible business which ranges from backyard rabbit keeping to large commercial rabbitry.

(VIII) -- There is no racial or religious sentiment against consumption of rabbits meat among the non-vegetarian population. Thus, its is accepted by all religion.

Special Features of Rabbit

They breed Eight times in a year, Female may produce five to eight youngs which attain sexual maturity in four to six months.

Span of life of a rabbits is about seven to eight years. Slaughter weight of rabbits is about 2 Kg which can be achieved in 12-15 weeks (rapid growth rate).

Rabbits have got fast reproductive process and are remate within 24 hours of giving birth (Kindling). Their gestation period ranges to 31 days, They are prolific breeder.

The comparison between Rabbit farming and other livestock rearing

The animals are being brought up for consuming the unusable botanical products and family convert themselves as a suitable for human being in the shape of meat. Next to hens, rabbits are capable of converting the botanical protein energy in to meat. The hens brought up for meat, converts protein energy out of the food consumed by them to the extent of 23%. Likewise the meat conversion in the case of rabbits worked out to be 20%, pigs 16%, catties 12%. The hens does not consume the plants consist of “Fibers”. But grow by consuming the pulses varieties being utilized by men. In view of this, expenditure towards the feed for hens increases. This may also pose scarcity of food to men. Only rabbits meat can be produced by using the feeds consist of excessive quality of fibers with lesser production cost.

Rabbits in one time, are capable of producing 6 to 10 young rabbits. Their pregnancy period is only 30 days. As such, one female rabbit, in spans of one year, can have the capacity of yielding 30 to 35 young ones (excluding deaths) towards.

Production of meat, Due to this, in a period of one year, We can produce more meat out of rabbits than from goats. One rabbit, in a year, produces meat 15 to 35 times of its body Weight. Whereas the yield of meat in the case of goat calculated out 0.8 times and for cows it is only 0.6 times.

Like in poultry farms where the owners running behind for the chickens from the places where the hatching of eggs done, rabbits never pose such problems to the owners in the rabbit farms. The requisite young rabbits for the can be obtained through the moth rabbits available with them.

Rabbits are not being affected by climate conditions or insects developing diseases like in the case of chickens. As such, others maintenance cost for growing rabbits is considerably less.

The rabbits growing procedure is quite easier when compared to that of chicken. They never create nuisance to neighbors by way of abnormal sound and bad odor.

With a limited space capacity, rabbits can be grown in cages. As such, it is quite suitable to row rabbits in the high population prevailing township areas and in the backyard of the houses. The cholesterol content in rabbits meat is considerably less when compared with the meat of chicken and mutton. As such, the rabbit meat is quite suitable for the aged and the persons affected by blood pressure and heart problems. In the hospitals in foreign countries the rabbit meat is provided to those recouping from the diseases, those affected by ulcer, allergy and dyspepsia.

In the rabbit meat, the proportion of meat is high. Bone content will be less, (5: 1). The meat yield out of rabbits with same weight will be more when compared to that of chickens.

Apart from meat, the skin of rabbits will also fetch good price. The rabbits skin are used for making dress, ornament, hand glouse, etc. As such, there are feasibilities of obtaining profits by organizing farm.

The rabbit’s bowel waste can be used as a good manure. Per year, 40 to 50 Kgs of manure are available through a rabbit. When compared to the stool of other animals, the rabbit’s stool increases the ventilation in the soil and has the efficiency to increase the water holding capacity

Housing for rabbit rearing

To set up a single unit rabbitry 10 feet X 12 feet shed is required. Roof can be made using Tile, palm leaf, coconut tree leaf or plastic sheet. Ensure that sunlight and rain should not enter in to the shed directly and ventilation should be proper. Prepare pillars of 1 feet height inside the shed to place the cages. The ground can be either concrete or mud.

A rabbit may normally start breeding at the age ranging from 6 to 8 months, When ready to breed a Doe, take it to the Buck's cage, or put the pair in neutral territory. If you don't take care at this stage, the Doe's being aggressive may even lead to death of the Buck. Never bring the buck to the Doe's cage. Female Rabbits does not have any special breeding season like most other mammals. They are receptive throughout the year.

Doe will stay at the top of the hutch as and when they are not willing to take part in mating. In such occasions, they may express some vigorous attack on buck, which may lead to its death. Hence Breeding should be done under the supervision of an expert.

An exotic Buck shows its readiness for mating by walking on its back legs straightening the knee. It holds tale close towards its back side. Some time he may squeal (scream) and squirt the urine. A Buck will produce 1 ml of semen in each mating; which may contain about 1 core of sperm. Single sperm is enough to combine with female egg to form an embryo.

Mating should occur almost immediately after placing the Doe in the cage. The buck will then mount on the doe from behind. If the doe is ready to breed she will lower her front-end and lift her back end to accommodate the buck. After 4 to 10 fast stroke buck will ejaculate and fall off the doe side wise or backward. This indicates a successful breeding. Then take the doe back to its hutch.

Gestation period lasts for 29-31 days. Some doe may show pseudo pregnancy. They may even show the pregnancy symptoms. They may build nest using grass and fur. Pseudo pregnancy can be determined by observing the doe. It will be pseudo pregnancy, if the Doe shows the pregnancy symptoms within the 17th day of breeding. The real pregnant doe will show pregnancy symptoms only after 23rd day of breeding

You can determine the pregnancy by pressing gently at the lower abdomen after 10 days of its breeding. You can feel small rigid balls residing at the area, if the Doe is pregnant.

On 28th day, place a nest box made by 4 inch thick wood and net in hutch. The mother rabbit will make a fur bed for kindling using its fur before a day or 6 hr of kindling. Kindling usually will occur at night. It may take maximum of half an hour. The delivery will usually be smooth and normal at the calm and quite environment without any interference. While kindling, Doe will sit on its back leg and take the bunnies out using mouth. Soon after kindling mom will clean the bunnies and feed the milk.

Disease prevention/control:

  1. Clean sanitary conditions of rabbit cages, sheds and equipment, balanced feed and fresh clean water are essential to prevent chances of infection.
  2. The rabbits should be prevented from coming in contact with the feaces.
  3. Over crowding should be avoided.
  4. Proper ventilation should be provided.
  5. Flies which may act as carriers of the infection should be kept under control in the rabbitry.
  6. The common diseases of rabbits and recommended preventive/control measures are given in Annexure - V
  7. Rabbit cages should be disinfected with blow lamp after every shearing and kindling cages before the doe is shifted and after weaning.
  8. Burn dead sick rabbits at once to keep the diseases from spreading.
  9. The bedding of the nest box should be burnt after use.
  10. The dead animals should be burried soon after post mortem (if required).

If you plan to start a rabbitry and succeed in that field you should have scientific and systematic knowledge about various type of rabbits and its Housing, Reproduction, Feeding, Immunization and caring etc.

ACS Rabbit Farm provides the effective and scientific training, guidelines and other support to Rabbit Farmers.