We've been raising rabbits for meat. Here's some reasons to consider this:
Then check out my blog, I'll be posting about how we started & what we learned:
Rabbit is lower in % of fat than chicken, turkey, beef, and pork. (U S D A circular # 549)
5 The office of home economics, state relations of the U S Department of Agriculture has made extensive test and have stated that domestic rabbit meat is the most nutritious meat known to man.
Rabbit meat is seasonal any month of the year and is especially recommended during the hot summer months, as it does not contain the heating properties of most all other meats.
A doe rabbit that weighs 10 pounds can produce 320 pounds of meat in a year. !!! WOW !!!. This is more than a cow and it takes 2 acres of land to raise a cow.
Rabbits will produce 6 pounds of meat on the same feed and water as a cow will produce 1 pound of meat on the same feed and water.
Easy to butcher & clean.
Feed them your weeds & they give you fertilizer.Droppings can be used immediately for fertilizer, no aging necessary.
Pelts can be used for a variety of purposes. It is very warm.
Angora rabbits can be raised, their hair cut, spun, & used like wool. It's actually warmer than wool.
"I could never kill a rabbit". Reconsider, & think about what you would actually be willing to do to keep your family fed.
In the depression people fed their rabbits on grass clippings & lived on the meat.
Don't take up much space & are low maintenance & quiet.
Rabbits are "meal sized" so you don't have to worry about preserving a lot of meat.
Places to learn more about meat rabbits: