Why American Chinchilla Rabbits?

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.

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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.

Not the best picture, but you can see the circle of color in the fur.

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!

Here is momma and babies eating clippings from my garden.

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.

American Chinchilla Rabbits | Shallow Pond Farm
Four of our first litter of rabbits.

And last but not least is their disposition.  American Chinchilla Rabbits are docile, friendly and easy to handle. What’s not to love?

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