Homesteading, living off the grid, self sufficient, sustainable lifestyle, no matter what you call it, there is one asset that you just have to have with you if you are serious. That number one asset is rabbits. In the book, “Raising Rabbits For Profit” you will discover just how easy it is to make plenty of supplemental income in a farming community where there is a small animal swap meet or auction house, and that is just one method talked about in this Amazon.com best seller for 2013. However, rabbits are way more than just a money source for those looking to be as self sufficient as possible.
Rabbits are also the number one converter of “feed to food”, if you will, that you can raise. What we have here is an animal that can eat it’s weight in feed in no time, yet gives back even more than what you give it. Each doe, a female rabbit, is capable of producing anywhere from 8-10 babies up to eight times a year, every year, for a number of years straight. That is just one mother rabbit. If you had 4 mother rabbits and everything was going well, you have a self sufficient food source that is highly sustainable that will feed you and your family for a very long time.
Let the grid go down, let the economy collapse, what have you. If you are raising rabbits and feeding them using a fodder system that you have pre-purchased to begin your rabbitry with, then you will be able to feed your rabbits and never have to rely on a grocery store or feed store to sustain the rabbitry. Quite simply put, raising rabbits is done for a few great reasons, but this is three top reasons why you have to get in on this way of life. If you want to make sure you will always have a food source that is high in protein and low in fat, raising rabbits is the way to go.
What else does raising rabbits yield for you? How about fertilizer! What else will you need with that rabbit meal? Well vegetables you grow yourself, of course. In order to grow vegetables you must have fertilizer that will produce some great tasting and health sustainable food. Here are the facts about rabbit manure. 1) It is the best source of fertilizer next to cow and horse manure. 2) It does not need to be composted. That is right, rabbit manure is so “sweet” that it will not burn your plants, meaning you can place rabbit manure directly in your garden soil or, even around your plants. 3) Just a few rabbits produce a lot of manure and quickly.
Last, but not least, rabbit manure is waste. Therefore, as all waste gives off gas, rabbit manure can be used to feed your own personal methane gas producer. It is called a Methane BioDigester, it is easy to build out of scrap at home and can be built to produce enough methane gas to cook with, heat your home with, even run your generator that can power your off grid home! In fact, the waste water from a biodigester is also fertilizer and has been called the best fertilizer money can buy.
Talk about giving back. There just is no matching the rabbit. If you have never raised rabbits, it is simple. You can fodder kit that will allow you to continuously grow your own rabbit food at home too. So what are you waiting for, with the rising cost of food and the dollar becoming less and less useful, isn’t it time you and your family became more self sufficient and living a more sustainable way of life?
Buck and Doe breeders
With just one buck and one doe of the same breed, preferably, pure breeds, you will have started your self sufficient and sustainable food source.
With one doe you can get up to, 10 babies. In about 3 months, the babies will be big enough to butcher. That is 10 meals IF all 10 survive. Usually the survival rate for domestic rabbits is quite high compared to their wild counterparts.
Very large organic/heirloom Zucchini
Organically grown using rabbit manure as my main source of fertilizer. This proves that organic gardening can be very successful. This zucchini is a champion among organic gardeners.
Very large organic/heirloom tomatoe
Again, grown using mainly nothing but rabbit manure as my soil amendment. This also proves that organic gardening can be very successful.
Organic/heirloom Sunset Runner beans
Grew these extra large Sunset Runner beans in 2014 using rabbit manure as my only fertilizer method! Again, this proves that organic gardening can be very successful.
Here is the result of using your rabbit manure, with your food scraps, to produce methane. Methane is a usable gas that can be collected and used in cooking and heating your home as well as running a generator to power your home.