When people decide they want to raise rabbits for meat, I believe that a little research is healthy. I think, and this is just my opinion, people, in general, choose what everyone else does, white rabbits. I, on the other hand, do not like white rabbits, I think that their eyes are creepy and if I am going to tend to an animals needs, I want to like being around it, even if I am going to eat it. So I did extensive research to find something that wasn’t white. What I landed on were American chinchilla rabbits.
They had so many good qualities to recommend themselves, I didn’t understand why more people weren’t raising them. Hence the forming of the above-mentioned opinion.
Firstly they are beautiful, with silky soft fur very similar to an actual chinchilla, I am told. And their fur is interesting too with beautiful bands when you blow on it.
They are more conservative on food, mine consume about 1/2 cup per ten pounds body weight. Let me say that again because it was a huge selling point for me. They eat less!
And here is the kicker they dress out at a higher meat ratio than other rabbits AND reach butcher weight at a faster rate. That’s a win-win right there.
Plus our first litter was 14 kits! We haven’t had any other that large but they have all been larger liters (6 – 10 kits) and they make excellent mothers. I have not lost a kit yet to a neglectful mother.
And last but not least is their disposition. American Chinchilla Rabbits are docile, friendly and easy to handle. What’s not to love?