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Product Details

  • Series: Hobby Farm
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hobby Farm Press; 1 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933958960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933958965
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Raising domestic rabbits is an engaging and rewarding hobby regardless of their role as a pet, show animal, or commercial commodity. This book is a perfect guide for first time owners and an excellent reference for seasoned veterans."
Jay E. Hreiz, VMD

"This book is a must read for anyone who has a rabbit or is interested in owning a rabbit! It provides all the essential information, no matter what direction you wish to take your rabbit hobby. From owned a pet to starting a full operation, this is one resources you want to have."
Keelyn Hanlon, ARBA Judge and breeder

From the Back Cover

Beautiful, friendly pets; handsome show animals; and an easy-to-read, easy-to-care-for livestock choice, rabbits offer hobby farmers so many possibilities -- whether raising rabbits for the show world, for meat or fiber, or just for fun. Chris McLaughlin's Rabbits has all of the answers that a new or experienced rabbit-keeper will need, from selecting the right breed of rabbit for your purposes to housing, caring for, breeding, and selling them. This gorgeously illustrated edition serves as the perfect introduction to the rewarding hobby of raising rabbits.

Learn how to keep your rabbitry happy and hopping!
Choose the best breeds of rabbits for your needs
Raise sociable, well-adjusted animals
Construct weather- and predator-proof housing
Spot the symptoms of illness early
Treat common health problems at home
Give your rabbits the nutrition they need
Breed your bunnies for extra income
Spin your Angora's fur into soft and silky yarn
Show off at local competitions ranging from 4-H to rabbit agility

Plus many other helpful tips!

More About the Author

The short story is that I'm a plant-freaky garden writer, blogger, and author. I live and breathe my work.

The long story is that:

I Was Taken From My Real Family and Raised by Wolves

I was an Old MacDonald child born into an IBM family. My brothers and I grew up being chauffeured around in one of those station wagons that had a third seat facing backwards. Looking out that big window, along with breathing in a little exhaust, I was able to take in expanses of land and watch it slowly disappear from view.

Along the stretches of highway, I would see property with fenced land and think how wonderful it would be to have a pumpkin patch right out here where everyone would see it and want to stop by. It could come complete with crisp cornstalks flanking the entry to straw bale mazes.

Looking back, I'm certain that my parents were masochists as they kept moving us to the suburbs that rested just on the shoulders of farmland. They carefully chose housing developments that seemed to always bring me within feet of my true love. I spent my weekends walking to nearby farms, pretending they were mine for a while.

When I shuffled back to my side of the fence, I was determined to create my own little farm. As I dug into the hard pan soil of our backyard, the difference in the freshly cultivated earth of the neighboring land was clear. Would it have really been a stretch for my parents to move one street away? But, I digress.

When I was ten, I snagged some Dixie cups from the upstairs bathroom and filled them with some potting soil out of a bag my mother had bought to top off the planters in our yard. Using a hand shovel, I carefully scooped up some small seedlings (I would later learn that they are called "volunteers") in our yard and transplanted them.

Being raised by entrepreneurs, my instincts told me there was a profit to be made. I lined probably fifty of those little paper cups into my younger brother's red wagon and rolled down the street selling them door to door for ten cents each. Looking back, I realize I made a 100% profit since I had zero start-up cost and no overhead (considering my mom's "donations" and the fact that being underage, legally, I was assured overhead until I was eighteen).

With over three decades of plants and soil behind me, I am very sure of just who it is I am.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ambrosino on January 31, 2012
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As a long time rabbit breeder and 4-H leader, I HIGHLY recommend this book for every new rabbit breeder or 4-H/FFA rabbit project member. This book accurately covers all the topics needed, and would make a wonderful resource for years to come. I also recommend this book for anyone who is thinking about getting into rabbits or even owning a rabbit. It will be an invaluable resource!
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Good for pets; not so much for farming purposes or survival situations. It didn't cover the breadth of topics I hoped it would.
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My son and I are planning to raise angora rabbits. This book is concise, informative, and doesn't focus so much on raising rabbits for meat. Very pleased!
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