Every year I try to focus on some kind of project that would improve my long term survival plans.
2008 – Hurricane Ike
2009 – random stuff, such as backpacking
2010 – gardening and camping
2011 – juglines and trotlines, storing food in mylar bags
2012 – chickens and chicken coop
2013 – I am thinking rabbits
The last time I had rabbits was in 1998, 1999. My wife and I built 4 or 5 cages in the backyard next to the house. Somehow something got into the cage and killed the rabbits. The next cage I build is going to be a lot more secure then the last one I built.
Before 1998, 1999 the previous time I had rabbits was in the late 1980s, 1988, 1989. The 1980s seem so long ago.
What are the rabbits going to be used for
I want rabbits for 2 main reasons:
1 – Easy access to meat. Lets say there is some kind of long term SHTF situation, I would rather have a rabbit in a cage close at hand, then have to spend time and energy hunting a rabbit.
Need a rabbit to go with those potatoes and carrots? Go out to the rabbit coop, and presto, fresh rabbit.
2 – Manure. Rabbit manure is a great fertilizer.
Part of my long term survival garden plans call for crop rotation between 3 fields. Two of the fields will have raised beds and will be fenced in. The last field will not have raised beds.
Another part of my long term survival plans includes organic gardening using compost and manure.
My chickens provide chicken manure, but chicken manure needs to compost before it can be added to crops.
Like I did with the chicken coop and chickens, I am going to research what rabbit breeds are good for meat, and tolerate confinement well.
Once I get some rabbit coop plans I will make whatever changes I want, work up the dimensions, bill of material and cost. All of this will be just like I did with my chicken coop project.
Do you have rabbits? If so, what kind do you have, are these meat rabbits, or for manure production?
Forum thread about my rabbit project.