Raising Pet Rabbits – A comprehensive article on the subject of raising and caring for pet rabbits. Pet rabbit tips, tricks, techniques and more…
Article by Gabriel Billones
Rabbits are some of the most adorable pets all over the world. They are cute, cuddly, fluffy and soft. We just love watching them move, chase after one another and stay just as they are. All of these reasons make us fall in love with rabbits and want to pet them.
In America, rabbits are often ranked in the top five of the most favored animals for pets. This is why if you are planning to raise rabbits and sell them for pets, you surely have a market to sell your rabbits to. More than that, raising rabbits is just so rewarding and it keeps you busy, thus making it a very interesting hobby. It’s like combining business with fun. The good thing about rabbits is they are very interactive and social. You can develop an intimate relationship with your rabbits, let alone give them names.
Identifying the Best Rabbits for Pets
It’s important to know what hits the market well in terms of choosing their rabbit pets because domestic rabbits come in different sizes, shapes and color combinations. And we can pretty well agree that customers really prefer some breeds to others. To start with, it’s ideal to have rabbits that weigh less than 5 pounds when they are already full-grown. The idea behind this is that when these dwarf bunnies grow old and are ready to be sold, customers can just carry them in their hand, which adds up to their overall appeal.
Here’s the catch. When you sell baby bunnies that tend to grow to more than a 10-pound New Zealand rabbit when they are fully grown, you’re not really leaving a good impression to the buyers. Of course, they would want their bunnies to remain as they are in sizes because of other reasons such as caging, feeding necessities and other adjustments that will have to be done if the rabbit grows in size.
Now, let’s go to color, which is one of the most important factors for consideration in the selection of pets. Most customers prefer the so-called ‘broken colored’ rabbits, which are spotted in nature. Next to spotted rabbits, any color that are bright and attractive at the same time, attract the customers.
The rabbits that you raise for pets should ideally have coats of normal length. Despite the fact that some rabbit breeds have long hairs or wool such as the Jersey Wooly or Lionhead, which are being preferred by some buyers who find it attractive, these coating can become matted quickly most especially without proper care coming from the owners.
Some of excellent choices to raise are Dutch and Holland Lop because they are small, short-furred and also have good temperaments. And even though mixed rabbits may sell just as well as purebred rabbits, most of rabbit owners prefer purebreds that they bring to shows at a later point in time.
Rabbit Equipment Necessities
For the equipment, you will need at least 10 cages. Both of the original male and female rabbit must have their own cage. The cages should be suitable and designed to cater to the needs of the baby rabbits.
At about 6 weeks of age, male rabbits should already be separated from their mother. Female babies, on the other hand, are separated at 8 weeks of age. Babies will be a lot healthier when they have their own cages since they won’t have to compete with their littermates. Back-up cages should also be built just in case your baby bunnies are not sold instantly.
Other than the housing, which of course is the most important equipment, all the other tools can then follow. These are the feeders, water bottles, crocks, resting mats and waste removal system. You can also have a nesting box for the doe, which others deem as essential. For their food, you can feed them with good quality rabbit pellets, with a constant supply of hay and water.
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Training the Pet Rabbits
Rabbits are innately social. But there still is a need to train them to be well-socialized before they will go their new homes. Then again, this is contingent to their being territorial that drives them to own and get used to where they grew. If you have placed your cages inside your home, you are enabling them to get accustomed to people, let alone to other pets that you have such as dogs and cats. Though a safe barn and rabbit hutch outside the house could also be a good option, you need to have a close watch to the baby bunnies because they need to be handled every single day from the moment they go out of their nest boxes.
In order to train them, you can start by handling them in different positions. For example, you may turn them upside down for a routine until they get comfortable to it. But turning them upside down regularly is really done, not just for the routine, but also for health purposes. And when you check their toenails, you will also have to turn them upside down.
Make sure that they are used to noises, as well as children. Children are the most fond of rabbits. For rabbit sellers and owners who do this trick, sometimes they bring radio to the barn to make the rabbits accustomed to the noise. Getting them used to a litterbox would also be a great option, although not necessary.
The Pet Rabbit Market
Even though bunny breeding is inexpensive, getting buyers for your rabbits can be difficult at times. And it’s really dependent on season and area. For example, the highest peak for selling rabbits is achieved during Christmas and Easter season. In these instances, your role as a rabbit seller is very crucial because you have to filter your selling to people who can become responsible pet owners, and not just those who casually wanted to buy rabbits as seasonal decorations.
Now, there’s one important key to remember in selling rabbits, which is exposure. This is important because people only buy rabbits if they know you’re selling rabbits, or if you have a reputation out from it. This is why it’s important to have exposure in different media channels. Probably, your first option could be the local newspaper. But this is expensive medium. The best exposure you can have is in a popular listings website where you can advertise the rabbit breeds that you are selling. These websites become the selling point to where rabbit enthusiasts, buyers and sellers meet.
I am a member of a really cool system titled “Sell Rabbits On Demand” which enables me to easily post rabbit for sale classifieds on RabbitBreeders.us and various other high traffic rabbit websites. Using this program I have been able to pretty easily sell lots of pet rabbits. You can learn more about joining this program via: http://SellRabbitsOnDemand.com/ . Its really cheap, compared to the value that you get. I recommend that every rabbit raiser join.
A good bet on pricing is $30 to $50, though some rabbit owners tend to sell them at $100 to $200. It’s all about striking a balance between your supply of rabbits and the current demand. For some people, $30 is still a bit high. But we tell you that it’s more than just the money. You can get potential returns for your investment, as well as emotional rewards for the relationship you have established with your bunnies.
So what are you waiting for? Take the opportunity now to learn how to raise pet rabbits.
Read the following books to get started with your rabbit adventure and or accelerate your success…
Description: A comprehensive guide to breeding and caring for rabbits. Highly acclaimed and now in its third edition.
Description: A very useful guide on the subject of raising and caring for pet rabbits. Written by author Aaron Webster and highly recommended. Great companion book to Raising Rabbits 101.