The Rabbits

Big Bunny foraging on leash

We do not have many rabbits. One male and three females. Big Bunny, our buck, is a large Californian rabbit. He is a pet, my pet, specifically, and a house rabbit. We got the cage before we got the rabbit. It has 3 levels and is quite swanky. But, when we put him into said cage, we realized,

1) we’d chosen a LARGE rabbit breed,

2) Big Bunny was aptly named and an all around huge rabbit, who bites everyone but me, and

3) said big, bitey bunny did not really fit into the cage we’d selected.

Fortunately, he is litter box trained, so we can let him have the run of the living room when we’re home. Only when we’re home. There are nibble marks here and there; he needs to be watched. And I do not want to even go into the sad trip to the library where we had to ‘fess up to the librarians that one book had been chomped by our pet rabbit and the other had been chomped by the dog. We paid 20 bucks for each book and earned the ire of the good folk at the local library.

The females, Josie, Melody, and Snow White, have their own digs, NOT in our living room. The real challenge to urban farming is finding the space wherever it might be-even if that space is not at your house, right?  Anyway, female rabbits tend to be territorial, so they each have their own cage. We breed our females for meat rabbits. Rabbits are an excellent source of meat, and the quality of the meat is exceptional. Rabbits are quiet animals. They are smart. All of our rabbits are litter box trained so they are super easy to clean. Rabbits are prolific breeders. A wild rabbit will produce litter after litter after litter. We rest our females between litters. We use the rabbit manure in all of our beds. And lastly, unlike the chickens, we have had rabbits before and have run the gamut of rabbit idiosyncrasies and maladies.