Raising Free Range Rabbits

Hey everybody I posted a picture on facebook few days
ago of one of our free-range bunnies playing out in the snow. And I was expecting a whole bunch of “Oh isn’t that cute” kind comments and instead
got the flip side of free-range rabbits? How do you do that?
Tell us more. Keep us up to date. And things like that. And I said well, I guess
I need to do video about it. So I just want to give you video and
explain to you how we got to this point and what our plans are for the future. If you followed us at all then you probably
already know that we have five young children and the purpose for us having this farm
has always been to feed our family. We want to be more self
sufficient. We know how much it cost feed our family now and as these kids reach their teenage
years we know it’s gonna just grow, and so we want to be able to produce our own
food including meat products in order to maintain our family without having to
feed the grocery store as well. So we started thinking about what kind of
meat products we wanted to have and when rabbits came up we also realized
there might be a business venture involved there, because there are some local areas that we could go to, local meaning like two-and-a-half-hour drive away, where we
could sell the rabbits and make some money, however it never really just came to
fruition on that side because we kept running into problems on trying to
expand out and I’ll touch on that a little bit
more. So, Jennifer and I’ve never liked the idea of
caging the rabbits. It does seem in a way a bit cruel to
put an animal in a cage expect it to live, you know, four to six months
and then butcher it. You kinda wanna give it a little
bit more freedom and ability to enjoy life before
it contributes to sustaining your own life. So with that we
did a lot research on ways that people raise
rabbits and Jennifer wanted to start by doing colony raising. Now people do that in a lot
of different ways you can find people have large
structures with concrete floors and very well made pens that they rotate a male
through so that the rabbits are on the floor in a
large open area they’ve got plenty of room to bounce and jump and nest in
material and things like that but they still can’t dig and to us that really mattered. We really wanted the
rabbits to be able to express their natural desire to dig and burrow and so that meant we had put them on dirt. Jennifer went well above and beyond and found an area on our property where there was just enough light just enough shade
and so forth, and dug about twelve by twelve area, a foot and a half down then we put down tin roofing material, fenced it and back filled. Now a foot and a half is not very much but we realize that you put some other things in
there too to try to help build that up but at least they would be able to dig.
They’d have their paws in the dirt and that’s what really made
us feel good about still containing the rabbits, but not
putting them in cages as small as what we ended up doing
because it just didn’t work. Whether it was my poor
construction skills poor materials or whatever the case may
have been raising them in that location they just
kept getting out. Other than putting in some extremely
tall fencing and completely enclosing the area, I’m
not sure what we would have done to keep them in so it got scrapped and it got scrapped pretty quickly. And instead we decided that maybe everybody was raising rabbits in hanging
cages for a reason. Maybe they had tried it and now hanging the cages was simply the true and
tried method of raising rabbits. So thats what we did. We went down to
the hardware store, we collected our materials, we built cages,
I say we that means Jennifer and we hung them. Right here in this car
port. This carport is one of those ones that
you might have in your area. They sell them on the street corners and so forth and when we
originally bought this we bought it to house equipment and goats. You can
probably still see this four foot fence behind me, because this area I’m
standing in was for the equipment and the area back there was for the goats to be in during inclement
weather. So when we decided we were gonna go with
hanging the rabbits up this was our best place to do that it had plenty of ventillation, it was gonna stay cool when he needed to, warm when it
needed to, and all those kind of good things had a place for us to bring water in so on and
so forth. It was just for best overall option so
we had to do a little bit of finangiling in order to get the cages to hang
from the rafters but we were able to do that. What we quickly found out, quickly
meaning a couple months down the line, is that the cage material that we were
being sold in our local hardware store just wasn’t up to snuff for that kind of use The cages began to bow under
the weight of the rabbits and without having to put in a
ridiculous amount of supports it just was not going to work. The cages were
breaking down quicker quicker every day. So we needed another solution. These other
solutions that we could come up with was either A) Spending several hundred dollars
rebuilding the cases we’ve already spent a couple hundred dollars on to a larger or a larger wire a smaller gauge and then when you realize the cost of replacing the cases you’ve already built
and imagine having build twice as many cages for when you have kits next, it just really wasn’t
feasible to us. It was gonna be more money being put into that unless
we wanted to raise all these rabbits for a hobby it just wasn’t something that was
economically sustainable. So we took a step back and asked the question “what if we just put them on the ground?” and that’s
where they’re naturally at anyway and so you just start doing a plus and minus pros and cons on on why
not to do that why it would work. And when I posted
a picture on facebook a lot of people started asking those questions. What
about predators, what about their domesticated animals and so forth. Well, lets start with the domesticated animals. We have two
cats and two dogs the two cats stay outside ninety percent of the
time except in inclement weather, one dog is
outside all the time unless its in its own doghouse and the other dog is only outside when
we’re outside. The cats have no problems with the rabbits.
They dont interact with them, they don’t do anything. I mean you’ll see them near each other but
they don’t chase each other, they don’t attack each other or anything like that. It’s just another animal in the yard they could
care less. The dog that stays outside is our Great Pyraneese. She is fenced in however there are rabbits
that go around her fence and she has not tryed to do anything to get out in order to chase the rabbits. There’s
just no interaction there that’s negative in any way. Do we have a concern
that if we were to let her out of her fenced in area that she might
go after the rabbits? We do, but only in the sense that it’s
a dog and she’d be interested in “what’s that
hopping around the yard? ooh, let me chase the toy” not that it would be any sort of vicious act. Which is kinda what we see
with our second dog, which is Jennifer’s service dog. She has an interest in it
because it’s a toy hopping around the yard not in a predatory sense so all we have to do is tell her no
stop and it’s done and we can go about the rest of our time
outside. So for us domesticated animals are not
even a concern. we didn’t even think about domesticated
animal issues before we put them down on the ground. Predators are something else we do
need to keep an eye out for. We know we have hawks in the area ,we know we
have a Fox in the area we know we have other animals like
coons and things that can be vicious there’s also been plenty reports in our
county of bobcat and coyote so while we’ve never seen them on our property
the thought of them is still in our mind. However that is the reason why you still
see two behind me because this is an
experiment to us. These two rabbits we know to be good
producers They’ve produced a litter together before. The mom is very good raising
her kits and so our backup plan to this
experiment are those two. We didn’t want to put our
entire stock on the ground and lose them to a predator due to our foolish planing in the first place so we’re gonna keep these
two in a cage while letting the rest on the ground. The ones that are on the ground, there
are six. There is two males and four females and they
naturally separated themselves, two females going
with one male and two females going with the other male. Now something that we kinda took a lesson
from, in the past we have always had our animals return
to us because they know where they get fed and watered with the exception of those ducks
who found food and water less than a thousand feet through the woods over at the neighbors horses. So unless the rabbits make the same
journey we feel that they will stay here and our method for trying to encourage that was in the goat pen we let them out into there first, fed and watered them
and decided that whenever they got out is when they got out and let them recognize
that as being home and it worked out pretty well. They got out a little sooner than we thought they would. We didn’t expect them
to be that comfortable about leaving the area as quickly as
they did but sure enough sooner or later, less than a week one male and two females
have now set up shop in the backyard and one male two females are up here in front yard. So we’re able to still check on them each day
and make sure that, you know, the number is still right but here’s a concerns going into the
future we we still need to maintain population
control and we also still need to be able to get meat from them. We weren’t here to try to restock the
livestock in the area or the wild animal population in the area. We’re trying to produce meat for our family. So the plan is this, we’re keeping a
close eye on them, trying to figure out where they’re going to burrow and house and we already know when they bred when
we first put them out we saw take place so we believe that
all the females are pregnant. We’ve got that date marked on a calendar their
gestation is about thirty days so we’ve got that marked on the calendar and
about thirty days after they give birth is when we should expect to see the kits
come out of the burrow. Its at that point that we want to collect
the kits and then take the kits and unfortunately
put them back in cages, grow them out, and then harvest them. This is currently the only way that we can of
to keep the population in control and still make sure that we get the meat
that we want out of this. We may learn over time as we go through
this experience that there’s another way there’s a better way. We do have live
traps so if it were possible for us to put out enough traps to catch a couple
each day then that might be another solution so we are
thinking of other ways to manage that but it’s gonna
be about another forty-five days before that comes up. So if you did the math right there you know
this is a new experiment. We’ve only been doing this for two weeks. So I don’t have all the answers but this
is what we’re trying. We think that it’s better for the
animals. We think that mother nature knows best. We’ll still care for them. Right now
there’s not very much vegetation. They’re still getting fed and watered every single day. As vegetation comes back in spring we’ll
bring that down but we will still feed them because we still want that
relationship of bringing them back to a central
area so that we can account for their health and
well-being. So I hope it gives you a bit of an idea of where we’re going with this what our
plans are. I appreciate you guys for being so interested in our happenings here on the farm. be sure to subscribe so that you can
easily be notified of new updates to the channel. We appreciate
you so much for your support and see you next time.

100 thoughts on “Raising Free Range Rabbits

  1. This is your first video I'm watching so it might be explained some where else.. but why is your GP just in a fenced in area? Does it come out to guard all your animals or just it just like chill in there or what?

  2. I'm making a study of this because the prices of meat at the store are already getting unaffordable. I did hear somewhere that raising rabbits attracts snakes. Have you noticed a problem with that?

  3. There are problems with this approach. Others I noticed mentioned things like diseases. An additional problem is the reason you don't keep males and females together is the males tend to kill the young to make the females more receptive to mating. Also the rabbits will go feral very quickly making them hard to handle. I hate wire cages but it is the best solution. Some mention rabbit tractors which are an excellent way to grow out rabbits after they are weaned. Keep your breeders in cages and your growers in tractors. They're really cheap to make since they only have to be a couple of foot high. One of the cheapest options is make small rebar hoop houses. They won't chew the rebar and they're dirt cheap to make. Just move them a few times a day to give them fresh grass and keep them from digging out. You can also make the floor out of cow panels or concrete reenforcing mesh. Just pull the tractor slowly so rabbits don't get their feet injured in the wire. You only have to move them the length of the pen each time.

  4. If you want free range rabbits that can't dig their way out you need to fully encase the bottom. Like building a box around the dirt if that makes any sense, then they can still dig, but they can't dig outside.

  5. We build a chicken tractor but put rabbits in it instead.  The bunnies mowed down the grass in their area and we moved the tractor everyday to a new spot.  Tractor measured 12 ft. x 4 ft. x 1 ft high, made with pvc pipe and covered with 1/2 in. square fence wire (rabbit wire).  One end had a covered roof to give shade and we also inclosed that end for bunny privacy with a tarp.  We put a door on top  with a locking system to keep predators out.  It worked well, bunnies never escaped.  We used to eat them also, but after my wife heard them crying in fear this practice ended quickly and we are now vegetarians!

  6. Great job on the video and love that you and your wide are working on being self-sustaining together and have the same dream in mind. I love it! Thanks for all you info on your farm and what you guys are dong,

  7. OBTW, speaking of editing, I have to edit my posts all the time let alone making a video. My videos haven't gone well and have yet to post any of them, too embarrassed I guess. But yours are flawless.

  8. I'm getting ready to build my rabbit barn here at Pine Meadows Hobby Farm. Any advice on do's and don'ts? 
    The material I have collected was all free, given to me. I come up with a 6' x 6' x 6' design to contain the six foot long rabbit cages which I got free also. Thanks for your postings.

  9. Going through pretty much the same thing. But here in Florida we got the fire ant problem.

    When I started as kids pet that eventually had to go outside. Too much poo/pee attracting roaches in kids room.
    So cage went outside, on the ground with shade etc.

    No good, fire ants would eat at the rabbits eyes.

    So I hung same cage on backyard chain link fence. No good, ants crawled up fence to rabbits.

    So I hung cages on abandon kids swing set.

    Well, it worked good but looked like Auschwitz for rabbits.

    So I found some chain link and sectioned off corner of yard and laid chain on bottom (under 3 feet of dirt and hay).

    Worked good for a long time. Lot's of babies, but still fire ants would get them. Sometimes babies survived sometimes not.

    What happened was the poo pile and the pee kept building up. There was enough room so the rabbits would pick a fresh spot but it was probably not big enough. Eventually the whole thing was swarming with ants.

    So I built an elaborate cage with roof top using the swing set frame.

    No more ant problem but back to Auschwitz. Also now they don't seem to want to reproduce much. They liked the social situation of the cornered fenced area. They seemed much happier but still reminded me of prison scene of the fights in the yard whenever I introduced a new rabbit.

    So I meet this one guy who was telling me that he had been raising a few thousand rabbits. Seemed like he was telling the truth as the details he explained.

    How he managed to do it was that he had already a fairly large area fenced in. But what he did was to dig down at an angle facing inward and laid fencing at a slope connected to upright fencing.

    What he said was that the rabbits when trying to escape start digging near the fence. If the fence where to go straight down the rabbits would just continue digging till they found the bottom. But having it go inward at an angle just discouraged them.

    Another thing I have noticed is that the babies when mobile escape out of the standard chain link fence. But they always seem to come back as they fear leaving the mother. Plus water is another issue.

    As to my dogs I just tell them no and they know better. But I have caught them trying to snack on the babies. I can't blame them as they probably look like meat marsh-mellows.

    Currently mine are still in Rabbit Auschwitz. I don't know if I'm going to bother digging out the fence as I am not in best of shape these days. I think I may have to interconnect the cages so they can socialize.

    Another problem is the hardware cloth is hard on their feet. They need something to stand on so it does not cut. I use to throw hay in their but it just clogs up the poop/pee flow.

    Some people make these round rolling cages that the rabbits can roll on the ground and eat the grass. I don't know if that's a good answer.

    It's a complex thing, aint it…!

  10. Lol, my wife and I started doing this a coupla years ago. Much in the same way yall did. On the ground. For the same reasons you did. To be kinder to an animal, that's going to help us survive. I was so frustrated after my first year, I too went to the standard hanging cages. They dug burrows 50 yards long, and they were all over da place. It was crazy, all the time, tryin to catch the right rabbit, at da right time. Holy crap, I almost quit. There's a reason the older generation did it the way they did. To save their sanity.

  11. 2 minutes in and I'm already nodding my head in agreement. XD you nearly brought me to tears! I want to hug you for those kind words. I'll be sure to look at more of your videos!

  12. I have raised rabbits in a large pen on the ground.. The pen was two feet high, adjacent to the house with a small area under the house.. None of our dogs, cats or wildlife ever bothered the rabbits.. Maybe we were just lucky.. I have noticed my cats and most of my dogs treat wildlife as they treat one another..

  13. Albert Daniel, Turkey buzzards eat only carrion but hawks will take wild rabbits as well as small cats.. Domestic rabbits may be too big for them..

  14. I'm thinking that birds and other predators are not only stressing them out, but are also eating them. Raising animals is tough work. I'd raise sheep or simply shoot wild hogs. Hogs are both evil and a godsend. Free meat as long as you can shoot one with a 50 cent bullet… 

  15. Awesome video . seems like you really want the rabbits to live an enjoyable life up until they help sustain your family . only one thing I heard in the video however that is different from what I've been taught from my grandpa . he always told me (before he passed) that it was 7-8 weeks before you separate the baby rabbits from the mother . what's your opinion?

  16. To add to not wanting to keep them in pens the wire botom is very bad for there feet and its a good idea to put down a piece of tile flooring or plywood so they dont always have to be on wire.

  17. Check this guys video for a solution to your free range problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhaK1__Mzg
    If you can afford or already have similar fencing you could use cinder blocks in place of rocks if you don't have big rocks in your area like I don't. I am definitely going to try raising rabbits this way.

  18. my grandmother did that in the 90s worked good for about 2 breadings then something got her brood stock, im fixing to try it in an electric fince i use for other live stock, only problem would be that some may berrow under it. 

  19. You my friend are doing a great thing here! Keep up the great work. If there were more people like you, who thought the same way as you, and had the same respect and empathy for animals as you do, there wouldn't be inhumane practices like slaughterhouses. Most humans eat meat, that is just a fact. We are omnivores. Relying on chemical protein from a lab and only veggies is kinda ridiculous and to me is the start of us becoming completely dependent on technology. It is called the cycle of life. It will always be here until we humans ruin it.

  20. Dig a hole, flip the carport over into it so that the sides stick out of the ground, back fill it. Fence in the open ends and provide a tarp roof.

  21. my only concern is them multiplying and migrating odd your property and becoming an invasive species,

    do yoy have any updates on this venture?

  22. Like your videos.  Just started our rabbits a month ago or so and have our first 10 kits last night.  All healthy and big.  Please visit my blog to see our setup.  Thanks  wascallywabbit.blogspot.com

  23. rabbit should be kept in an in closer (one rabbit or a bonded pair )2 by 4feet , with a Timothy Hay 50% of there diet 10% pellets and the rest other veggies . rabbit should never be on wire bottoms it destroy there feet cause they don't have pads on there feet which the reason wire bottoms can be even dangerous. rabbbits shouldn't be left to outside cause of predators in the area keep them in a shed. for more information Google for the House Rabbit Society in your area I like your ideas

  24. Only problem I see in your experiment is weavels. Rabbits get weavels during the warm months and if you catch kits during those months the weavels will burrow out of the rabbit, killing the rabbit. Your adults are still going to breed and they'll get weavels as well. The reason people keep their rabbits in cages (off the ground), and hunting seasons exist during the cold, is because cold kills the weavels and makes the rabbit safe to eat again. So if you can figure out how to only collect your kits from the litters during the cold part of the year, this may work. Great video on your trial and errors tho, keep up the good work.

  25. A couple things to note, like a lot of others are saying, you need to put something over a part of the cage floor for the rabbits to lay on. It is uncomfortable and unhealthy. I personally raised rabbits similar to what you are discussing for more than 10+ years. My rabbits stayed in a wooden rabbit hutch at night and when the weather was bad. Weekdays, after work, and weekends, they ran free in our backyard. Our backyard was fenced in using standard chain link. We watched for digging and put down landscape timbers. Our rabbits were pets however and were handled a great deal so putting them up at night was not difficult for the most part, they were ready when it started getting dark. It is extremely entertaining and gratifying to have such happy pets and it didn't take a lot of work for my part, you just have to pay attention which might be too much of a time sink for you.

  26. I know it's been awhile since you put this video out but I was wondering how is your free range rabbits doing? also u said something about not trying to increase the wild population, from what I have read up on a tame rabbit and a wild rabbit aren't able to reproduce due to a different D.N.A. chromosome.

  27. Hi, you mentioned that you tried to secure the pen by digging down and, well securing that. You never explained why that failed? We are new to this also, and thought we may dig out an area, lay chicken wire or similar, and refill. Any comment. Thanks, Colm.

  28. Do you have to separate the males from the females after they have bred?
    So far I've heard not, that they automatically know not to keep breeding, what is your experience?.
    How do you protect them from the Wolf fly larvae in the summer?

  29. Our backyard neighbor has a pet rabbit that they let hop around their yard and she hops the dividing wall and eats grass etc in our yard, not a big deal because it is mostly weeds and the wall is only 2 ft tall. Well they added to small barking dogs to their yard and the bunny refuses to go back home and lives in our yard but she has always been free range like a wild bunny, she don't really let you pet her, but she hangs close by when we work in the yard and recently my boyfriend suddenly wanted carrots so I bought him a bag and he decided to give Ray Ray one and after that she comes right up to us and takes the carrots from our hand. Anyway since we have lived her for about 6 mos and when she hopped the wall she would hop around the back yard then on to the side and front yards, she goes to the corner house but never in the street. My cat and her are best friends as my cat chases her but never grabs her and she chases him too.

  30. Best of luck to you. You have your work cut out for you. We have so many predators here, we can't do that. Cougar, bobcat, tons of coyotes, owls, Northern Harriers, etc….. Mine will have to be in cages.
    It's all a journey, right?

  31. i grew up in a family of 8 kids and i remember going to costco every 2 weeks and my parents would drop around 1300$ each time just on food to feed us. so this is definitely a good idea!

  32. At 66 I have now had and raised rabbits for about 60 years. I thank you for your interesting videos. We are never too old to learn. In my experience "Free ranging will result in loss to animals (dogs etc.) It has worked for us on our farm which is a mile from the nearest neighbors. However the population will vary due to losses of several kinds. Your hay supply can be ruined by these little long eared fellows.  With close neighbors you would run into trouble with your rabbits in their gardens/yards?  Keep up the good work. Get you "Food Storage" ready to feed your family for AT LEAST one year.

  33. love your explanation thanks for clearing up one thing the territory thing i think you should catch all the babies and get them use to you then release them catch them when you need to eat. plant some fruit trees and carrots cabbages and lettuce in the summer

  34. how many rabbits can you eat a week? I'm raising some, and, I am a little nervous about rabbit fever, or protein poisoning,

  35. This had to be one of the dumbest thing I've ever heard, did you check your property for any poisonous plants to the rabbits? Didn't mention it, so probably not. No surprise it failed.

  36. awesome video! think i will try to have some free range rabbits here next year. I have wild bunnies on my property, I'm sure they would mate with my captive rabbits, is this a problem of any kind? Also..j and j acres..where are you located?

  37. I have free range rabbits and they do fine i rolled out 50 ft of fencing and nailed wood steaks to it then staked it into a circle and we have about 20 rabbits in it right now . They have one burrow that they all share . Only one rabbit gets out all the time . I have a surveillance camera on the pen and he always gets out by standing on a bucket or something and jumping over and its always the same rabbit . I think its because he was not born IN the pen .we call him Houdini and we really dont want to butcher him. the pen is only about 30 in hi. once in a while i will have a Kit get out but they stay right near the pen and i catch them with a net . I have not yet had any problems with predators. for the most part it works out very well. (So far) we have only this spring started this

  38. God bless you sir, we need to eat animals but at least you have given them happiness and freedom in their life 🙂

    Shame to the people who torture meat rabbits in cramped cages for their whole life before slaughter.

  39. just let them free range and populate your porperty naturally and them hunt them with an air rifle when you need meat

  40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDbn8ahhcZ8
    Joel Salatin Discussing Hen Houses and Rabbits, grass fed and in a rabbit tractor

  41. We enjoyed this. We raised all of our bunnies together before males and females and had no issues. We also had them in a barn and a outside fenced area – we put rocks all around the fence and they stayed in. Not that big of a deal but of course you have to have the space and rocks 🙂 – Ruthie

  42. Have raised rabbits … some. Not much, hoped to learn here. 7 mins in and I haven't learned sh!t … should have posted when you'd pulled your heads out of your @$$3$!

  43. feed your growing family yet so many animals are butcherd to feed this sick world so small farmers like your self just add more pain for animals!! and your kids dont have no love for them since they just food and they can grow up to be the next killer !!

  44. Jim: Those branches from the paulownia tree, cut them off and throw them away. Paulownias propagate only from root cuttings and seed. Please see my email.

  45. Unless you are going to put down 4+ foot concrete lined bed you will be physically screwed in containing rabbits as they will down past 4 foor depth to try and escape ..

    10×14 pen should be ample enough to keep them enclosed in their pen..

    wood hutches will not last long once they know they can chew through it

    rabbit burrows can go for miles under ground and can be 1-4 miles deep in some cases..

    unless you have a clay pan to play with about 1-3 foot under your topsoil I don't recommend in allowing them free range to dig about the ground because they will break the pen you have and escape this is the cost of keeping them in this manner and the only way i have found you can keep them in is to dig a great big hole and lay 5 inch thick or more floors and walls.. you don't want to breaking legs when you find the rabbit run in the earth..

  46. I built 2 18×8 foot cages framed with pipe, with 4 x 2 inch welded panel on the floor I move it with a small tractor, lots of space but they can not dig out, I move it every second day on to fresh grass, works great, it has 8 foot tall sides and a metal roof, keeps all the predators out and a lock was added to the door for the thieves, so don't lose rabbits any more

  47. I know this is like ridiculously late but to keep the cages from bowing you could have screwed a 1×1 square frame to the bottom where the boards would be taking the weight. That would have supported them and not cost a lot just some 1bys and some nails/screws.

  48. Great information, I thought rabbits don’t dig upward, I wish u had showed us in video many parts of what you spoke about.

  49. I don't like or agree with how people raise animals just to slaughter them let alone in a cruel way. Now I do agree with your statement about at least giving them some freedom to enjoy life most ppl I see literally have them in the tiniest fence cages (in freezing) weather and even getting upset when they have them have babies and they don't make it bc its so cold. Before anyone says something yes I'm obviously aware that rabbits can survive in cold weather but that's when they are not trapped in a fencing cage. The least ppl could do is make sure they have a reasonable warm place to live and enjoy life before they are killed

  50. Just found this video of yours and like your idea. I don't know if you will see this comment or not. In the case you do, can you please guide me in the direction of any fallow up videos? I would like to see what you've learned these last few years? Thank you good luck in your endeavors.

  51. Be careful they dont go feral.Our Australian experience is a good lesdon in what not to do.We have native rabbits in Australia and not many predators. They reproduce wuickly out of control.Traps are definitely a good investment

  52. The trap idea they will catch on to. Just saying. They are prey animals so they naturally have alot of suspicion of everything.

  53. Thank you for this video, i hope i could see pictures, and also it's been now more than 4 years, can you give us an update ? Thanks

  54. So you really don't need the rabbits for food, it is ridiculous to treat something with love and happiness only to knock it in the head and eat it. Imagine for a moment if that was you, being loved with freedom and happiness only to have your head knocked in . Look just raise your rabbits havest them and feed the most important species your family

  55. This is the predicament I'm facing currently. I want my rabbits to free range and I'm raising them for manure & fiber.
    Free ranging and collecting manure is going to be problematic. It's easy collecting manure in suspended cages where the droppings go thru the caging floor and collect in pans.
    I need to find a system that will allow me to free range and collect manure.

  56. Just be nice to them because they are very intelligent animals , loyal, loving pets and remember that any cruelty to animals this day and age is unacceptable..

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