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Rabbit meat contains the highest amounts of digestible proteins and the lowest cholesterol and fat of all types of meat. Rabbits are also easy to raise; they’re clean and require little capital, labour, time and space to manage.

Africa already boasts of a few rabbit farmers who started from nothing but have built remarkably successful rabbit farm businesses. Their success in spite of capital and skill challenges will inspire and encourage you to take action on your business ideas.

Read some testimonies from African Rabbit Farmers

Rabbits reproduce at a first rate as their gestation period is just 30 days. This means that they can give birth up to ten times in a year. However, caution should be taken to allow your rabbits a period of rest in between giving birth. They can give birth to up to ten rabbits; therefore, a serious rabbit farmer has to prepare housing beforehand.

It is vital to build several cages for your rabbits so as to avoid inbreeding. Inbreeding causes production to go down. Each rabbit that gives birth should be kept in a cage with its children and once the children are of age, you need to separate them and find them their own cages so that they can start their own family. Remember to adhere to the space rules required for rabbits so as not to keep them in debilitating conditions.



 
 

While rabbits can be housed on the ground, it is prudent to keep them in raised cages that use wire mesh. This will enable you to easily keep the cages clean as the waste falls through the wire mesh. It is also advisable that you position the cages in such a way that you will be able to collect the urine as this can later be sold instead of going to waste. It makes an excellent fertilizer.

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Another option is If you raise the rabbit hutches off the ground so they are easy to feed/water/check then they are also high enough for their manure to fall down below the hutch. Without chickens it can pile up and reek of ammonia. With chickens however, their manure disappears. The chickens scratch trough the manure and eat anything nutritious and the rest gets spread throughout the wood chips and saw dust used as bedding. So even without providing more income with the eggs they lay, chickens act as sanitizers for the rabbits.

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Feed consuming rate and nutrient requirements varies, depending on the rabbit’s age and breed type. For proper nutrition of adult rabbits, their food should contain 17 to 18 percent crude protein, 14 percent fiber, 7 percent minerals and 2700 kilo calorie/kg of metabolic energy. Green leafy vegetables, seasonal vegetable, spinach, carrots, muller, cucumber, green grass and vegetable wastes are common food of rabbits.

In accordance with providing nutritious feed, supply them sufficient amount of clean and fresh water according to their demand.

Information sourced from www.roysfarm.com

Our rabbits on Hope Farm Tanania will also be fed with Moringa grown on the site.


• Moringa leaf meal (MOLM) could be used to improve daily weight gain, and dry matter (DM) and crude protein (CP) digestibility of rabbits.
• Producing similar economic benefits as soya bean meal (SBM) diet.
• MOLM is non-toxic to rabbits at least at the 20% diet inclusion level.
• It has the potential to reduce cholesterol level in blood and the meat of rabbits.


• Moringa leaf meal (MOLM) has the potential to produce leaner carcass due to reduced fat deposition in the muscles of rabbits.
• Moringa leaf meal (MOLM)could be used to replace soyabean meal (SBM) partially or completely in rabbit diets as a non-conventional protein source,

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