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

Bennett, Bob, 1936-

Raising rabbits the modern way.
ISBN:
9781612129761
Edition:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previously published as: Raising rabbits the modern way, c1975.
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Summary

Part of Storey's flagship series of best-selling animal husbandry handbooks, the fifth edition of the most trusted and comprehensive reference on rabbit care, breeding, housing, and health care now features full-colour photography, a fresh interior design, and a larger trim size. For the thousands of small-scale farmers and backyard homesteaders who keep rabbits, Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits is the go-to reference for learning how to house, feed, breed, and raise healthy and productive animals. This best-selling classic was first published 42 years ago; to ensure it appeals to the next generation of farmers and homesteaders, the fifth edition features full-colour photography and illustrations plus a larger trim size and updated information on preventive health care, disease treatment, marketing, and showing. AUTHOR: Bob Bennett is the author of six books on rabbit raising, including Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits and Rabbit Housing, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has served as the editor of Rabbits magazine, has been a contributing editor to Countryside magazine, and is the founder of Domestic Rabbits and a past director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. An Air Force veteran, Bennett has a master's degree from New York University and lives in Vermont, where he has raised rabbits for more than 50 years. SELLING POINTS: * Complete redesign and update of a best-selling classic. Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits (315,000 copies in print), in continuous print for more than 40 years, now features full-colour photography and illustrations, updated information, and a contemporary design and larger trim size. * Rabbit raising is undergoing a renaissance. The third most popular pet in the United States, rabbits are also being recognised by farmers and homesteaders as a source of delicate fiber and healthful meat that is easy and economical to raise. * Part of Storey's best-selling animal-raising series with more than 2.2 million copies sold. Farmers, homesteaders, and hobby farmers have come to trust the Storey's Guides to Raising books for the most in-depth expert advice and accessible information on breed selection, housing, behavior, breeding and birthing, feeding, health care, and much more. Full-colour; photographs and illustrations throughout


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
Registration
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?
Sanitation
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