Wednesday, November 11, 2015

From Bunnies to Rabbits

Well our 24 wonderful bunnies are now young rabbits.  Now the part where they find their next "home".  All of the bunnies that were born are happy, healthy and terrific.  Never medicated and received the best of care and feed.  I even had them in the yard for exercise and picked fresh grass when I could.  Their previous owner said I "pamper" them, which I took to mean I am taking very good care of them.  We have some going to homes as pet and hoping to get a few into some 4-H programs this coming spring.  If you are interested in a rabbit, please contact me. 

Please enjoy these pictures.

 Chilled out and relaxing
 Happy to see me!
 Love to be pet.

Our intent from the very beginning was to have these bunnies grow and become meat for our freezer along with pets for anyone interested.  Sure they are cute, just like chicks when they are born but bunnies grow up just like chicks do. Every animal is beautiful and deserves to be treated with respect. Every living thing (animals and plants) will die and most of those things provide food for other living things when they die.  It is and always be a natural part of life. 

 More information about meat rabbits.

The domesticated rabbit is a rare food option for most Americans. The meat is comparable to poultry and provides an economical alternative to larger animals. During World War II, the government encouraged the raising of rabbit to relieve the burden of a red meat shortage. Today the domesticated rabbits commonly distributed in the United States are New Zealand and Belgian hybrids or imported Chinese rabbits. Rabbit meat is typically available fresh or frozen.

Source of Nutrition

Rabbit meat is well known for its high protein content. A 3-oz. serving of rabbit meat contains 28 g of protein, more than beef or chicken. Rabbit is also a concentrated source of iron. A serving contains more than 4 mg. Additionally, the meat provides a wide range of minerals. The highest levels include 204 mg of phosphorous and 292 mg of potassium. The calories in rabbit meat are low. A serving contains only 147 calories.

Environmentally Friendly

Today the awareness that environmental resources are valuable is spreading. The process for raising beef places a burden on grain and water supplies. An environmentally friendly solution to losing resources to larger animal production is producing rabbit meat. The environmental impact from raising rabbits is low. The period from conception to harvesting maturity is only three months, and the amount of food they eat is minimal when compared to other animals. The USDA regulates the meat. Some antibiotics are used, but the animals are tested for residues. No hormones are administered.