Cover image for Storey's guide to raising rabbits / Bob Bennett.
Storey's guide to raising rabbits / Bob Bennett.
Title Variants:
Raising rabbits

Bennett, Bob, 1936-

Raising rabbits the modern way.
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2018.

Physical Description:
xii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previously published as: Raising rabbits the modern way, c1975.
Subject Term:


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
636.9322 BEN Book Adult General Collection
636.9322 BEN Book Adult General Collection

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The fifth edition of this best-selling handbook features the same detailed approach that has made it the trusted source for raising healthy, productive rabbits -- plus a total redesign with color photos and graphics. Whether you're interested in raising rabbits for show, meat, fur, or as pets, this comprehensive guide offers expert advice on breed selection, housing, feeding, humane handling, and more. In addition, author Bob Bennett includes the most up-to-date information on preventive health care, treating diseases, marketing, and showing.

Author Notes

Bob Bennett is the author of six books on rabbit raising as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has served as the editor of Rabbits magazine, a contributing editor to Countryside magazine, the founder of Domestic Rabbits, and a past director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Bennett lives in Vermont, where he has raised rabbits for more than 50 years.

Table of Contents

Preface: For the Love of Rabbitsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Part I Getting Startedp. xv
1 Why Start?p. 1
First of All, Good Eating
Rabbits Serve Science
The Fancier's Role
Would You Believe 12 Million Rabbits?
Here's Where You Come In
Progress in Raising Rabbits
2 The Right Rabbitp. 7
A 40-Million-Year-Old Species?
American Domestics: Probably Not Belgian Hares
Choose Your Market
The Enticing Economics of a Small Breeding-Stock Rabbitry
Choose the Right Rabbit
Coat Types
3 Obtaining the Right Foundation Stockp. 25
Crossbreds Are the Least Valuable
A Pedigreed Rabbit Has Papers
What Does It All Mean?
The Best Rabbit Raisers
How to Find a Raiser
What to Expect When You Buy
How to Build Your Herd
What You Can Expect to Pay for Purebreds
Purchasing by Mail Order
Bringing Your Rabbits Home
4 A Gallery of Breedsp. 39
Part II Housing, Feeding, and Breedingp. 67
5 Housing and Equipmentp. 69
You Are in Charge
Why the All-Wire Hutch?
How to Make a Wire Hutch
Creature Comforts: Situating the Hutch
Building a Dream Barn
Rabbit Sheds
Other Rabbit-Shed Options
The Economics of Sheds
Other Equipment and Considerations
6 Feeding Rabbits Rightp. 107
Pellets Make the Ideal Feed
Feed Supplements
General Feeding Guidelines
My Preferred Lifetime Feeding Regimen
What Else Should You Know?
7 Breeding and Producing Rabbitsp. 115
Mating Your First Pair
Is She Pregnant?
Time for the Nest Box
The New Litter
Breeding the Doe Again
Weaning and Housing the Litter
The Problems of Weather
Keeping Breeding Records
Ear Identification
Choosing Future Breeders
Methods of Breeding
Reminders That Bear Restating
Part III Marketing and Miscellanyp. 139
8 To the Best Market: Selling Rabbitsp. 141
The Meat Market
Slaughtering and Butchering
The Laboratory Market
Breeding Stock
The Ironclad Guarantee
Let's Set a Price
Good Records Make Future Sales
What Else to Sell?
Some Sales Advice from Rabbit Raisers
Trends in the Rabbit Business
Reviewing Some of the Best Ideas
9 Rabbits and the Home Gardenp. 165
Make Manure Go a Long Way: Compost!
What the Garden Can Do for Rabbits
10 Preventing Problemsp. 171
Breeding Tips
Disease Prevention
Is Medical Treatment Available for Rabbits?
Complaints from Neighbors or Relatives
11 On to the Rabbit Shows!p. 179
Locating and Entering Shows
Judging by Class
Selecting Show Stock
Make the Rabbit Shows Work for You
12 Rabbit Associations and the Future of the Industryp. 193
National Organizations
Regional Groups
ARBA Benefits
Into the Future
Increasing the Demand for Meat
A Promotional Campaign
A Show of Support
The Rabbit's Potential
13 Cooking Rabbitp. 201
Chicken Is Cheaper
Comparing Rabbit and Chicken
Preparing for Cooking
The Recipes
Afterwordp. 208
Reading about Rabbitsp. 210
Glossaryp. 212
Metric Conversion Chartsp. 214
Indexp. 215