- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 4th edition (October 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603424563
- ISBN-13: 978-1603424561
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 218 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Edition Paperback – October 29, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Everyone who owns and cares for rabbits will benefit from Bob Bennett's practical guidance and comprehensive care instructions. Solid advice on breed selection, year-round care and feeding, and safe housing and sanitation help every owner -- from the commercial producer to the dedicated fancier -- raise happy, healthy rabbits.
This revised and updated fourth edition includes:
* Breed photographs
* Building plans for safe, comfortable housing
* Coverage of disease prevention and treatment
* Humane handling techniques
* Guidelines for showing
* Marketing and sales tips
About the Author
Bob Bennett is the author of six books on rabbit raising, including Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits and Rabbit Housing, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He has served as the editor of Rabbits magazine, has been a contributing editor to Countryside magazine, and is the founder of Domestic Rabbits and a past director of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. An Air Force veteran, Bennett has a master’s degree from New York University and lives in Vermont, where he has raised rabbits for more than 50 years.
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No matter how much research and talking a person does, though, there are still things I have no clue about until they become an issue. That's when I went looking for a book.
I've bought Storey books before and liked them but I still prepared myself to find a bunch of things out that I already knew. In fact, usually a book is filled more with "I already know that" than, " oh! I didn't know that!".
This one wasn't like that at all. I mean, a few things I few but a wealth of info that I didn't. For example, I didn't know about Florida Whites and while I have no proof, I think a couple of rabbits I bought this past weekend who the owner said was New Zealand's, but after getting them home and seeing them compared to my NZ's and seeing how tiny they are compared to them, I am now wondering if they are FW's. Rare in my area-- if I can find them at all, I think it's possible people would confuse the two.
Still unsure about those marbles to check a Doe and if she is pregnant, and if my Does took or not-- having to wait till they pull fur--this book gave me a few more ideas on how to tell.
Not to mention Hutch ideas, watering examples, DISEASES and a ton of possibilities on making some money doing this-- pros and cons of both-- like Labs ( not doing but appreciate the info), selling fur and what fur sells best, seeking to commercial meat places verses processing myself and selling local -- well, I appreciated ALL of these!
And the couple of recipes in the back-- wish there were more-- be sure to thank your wife for that!
I'm sure this book will continue to be helpful and it's one of few I will never regret buying!!!!! Thank so much!
The book is comprehensive and contains everything you need to know to get started breeding, raising, and slaughtering meat rabbits. There is limited information about processing rabbits for their fur.
The author recommends raising rabbits in all-wire cages not in contact with the ground, and feeding almost exclusively commercial rabbit pellets. There is little information about growing your own feed, and nothing about pastured rabbits, colony-type raising, or rabbit "tractors."
The Right Rabbit
Obtaining the Right Foundation Stock
Housing and Equipment
Feeding Rabbits Right
Breeding and Producing Rabbits
To the Best Market: Selling Rabbits
Rabbits and the Home Garden
On to the Rabbit Shows!
Rabbit Associations and the Future of the Industry
This book also contains a Preface, Acknowledgements, an Afterword, "Reading About Rabbits", Breed Gallery Glossary, and Index.
Like I said, packed with great information.
This book may be adequate, but I found it difficult to chase down specific pieces of information - such as age for slaughter, age for weaning, etc. Mr Bennett is a font of information, and this book does contain valuable information, but falls short of his previous work. Storey's is generally the place to start when learning about livestock. In view of his previous work, I found this book a little disappointing.