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Rabbits of meat breeds


Rabbit meat is a tasty and healthy product that will appeal to many gourmets. And if viewed from a farmer's point of view, it is also a very convenient product for sale, which disperses quickly and for a good price. Therefore, rabbits of meat breeds have become very popular among breeders, as it is convenient and profitable to breed them. But for beginners who are just beginning to think about this business, it is difficult to choose the right breed. Therefore, they should first see the list of varieties of these animals.

Rabbits of meat breeds

Choice of rabbit meat breed

Rabbits of any breeds can be used as a source of tasty and dietary meat. The only exceptions are ornamental species. But in order to get the maximum profit, it is necessary to breed animals bred precisely for meat, not shkurkovoy breed. There are also meat-stubble animals, and even animals of shkurkovaya productivity. And with them a lot of meat will not succeed. There are several factors that should be paid attention to when choosing a breed of rabbits for meat:

  1. The quality of the meat. Almost every rabbit meat has a pleasant taste, and good for health. But there are rocks that give a more delicious and tender product. And their carcasses can be sold for a great price.
  2. The rate of weight gain. Depending on how quickly the animals gain slaughter weight, it also depends on the cost of caring for them to achieve productivity. And with this parameter is directly related to the speed of implementation of the product. Those animals that are slowly gaining weight are not so profitable to keep.
  3. Sizes of rabbits. There are several breeds that differ in really large sizes. These giants reach a mass of 6-7 kg, and they have an excellent slaughter yield. Sometimes these animals do not belong to the meat, but to the meat-and-fur varieties.
  4. Precocity. The faster these animals multiply, the more offspring, and the higher the profit. For meat rabbits, this parameter is very important. Although these animals multiply rapidly, some breed faster than others.
  5. Resistance to infectious and fungal diseases. There are many unpleasant diseases that can destroy up to 80-90% of the total population of rabbits. And the beginner is better to give preference to those varieties that better resist these ailments. Such resistance simplifies the breeding of animals.

In addition to all these factors, one should also pay attention to which animals will better adapt to the area. And you should see exactly what breeds of rabbits for breeding for meat can be purchased. Some species are unavailable or rare in a number of regions, and you have to buy those animals that are available. In any case, before buying, you should look at the description of the breed, and consult with experienced breeders. Perhaps they will be able to advise the standing variety.

Description of individual breeds of rabbits meat

It is difficult to select the best meat breeds of rabbits. All of them have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you should choose based on your own preferences. For one farmer, small but quick ripening animals capable of gaining slaughter weight with high speed are suitable. And another breeder will choose meat-slaked animals, which are large in size, but at the same time have an average weight gain rate. Here is a comparative table, which describes some types of rabbits:

This is not all breeds that can be bred at home. In principle, a farmer should remember that rabbit meat and meat breeds are the best for breeding, at least for beginner breeders. Special attention should be paid to those varieties that were bred in Russia and Ukraine. They are best adapted to local conditions. And it is among them there are quite a few of the largest specimens, which really give a lot of tasty and healthy product.

The largest types of rabbits

The largest rabbits are usually found not among the meat, but among the meat-shaving varieties. The names of these breeds are well known to professional breeders. It is worth comparing them with classical representatives of the meat direction of production. Firstly, they do not grow so fast and gain weight, which is why several more feed is spent on their breeding. On the other hand, the lag in growth by months is compensated by obtaining not only the carcass, but also the skins of medium or high quality.

Unfortunately, the carcass in meatball skull rabbits is not too meaty, and they are inferior in meat slaughter to representatives of meat varieties. And the fur and the skin in quality are not able to compete with the product obtained from the rocks of the sandpaper direction. But, despite the lag in growth by months, and the average quality of the product, it is more convenient for a beginner to work with these animals. They are quite unpretentious and simple to maintain, due to which, at a profit, they sometimes outpace fast-growing but demanding to care for rocks.

Breed of girlfriends Flandr

Flandra is also called the Belgian giant, and it was used in breeding a number of other meat and meat-shred breeds. It is usually referred to as meat-hide varieties, therefore, as with the quality of the skin, and for the slaughter yield, it is not a record holder among the representatives of its production line. But Flandre sets records in weight and overall size of the body. Individual representatives are able to reach a mass equal to 12 kilograms. On average, these animals weigh 7-8 kilograms in adulthood.

Characteristic differences of this variety are a massive and powerful body, and a head that is large in relation to the body. With the overall size of the animal, these differences stand out a lot against the general background. The color of the Belgians monophonic, white, black, various shades of gray, red or beige. Different animals from the same litter may have a different shade of fur. But no matter how large this breed is, it has a number of its own serious flaws, which should also be noted.

Firstly, the Belgian giants mature for a long time, and, when viewed in months, the masses of a mature animal reach only at the age of 8-9 months. And early slaughter does not bring benefits, as the slaughter yield at a young age is less than that of an adult rabbit. The second problem faced by the breeders of these animals is their demands on the conditions of detention. They need clean, spacious and comfortable rabbit centers, otherwise the livestock will begin to die. Finally, these animals are very demanding on the quality and quantity of food they receive.

Breed of rabbits Gray Giant

Among the large breeds of meat-sting direction, it is worth noting the gray giants. They were withdrawn on the territory of Ukraine in the 50s of the twentieth century. Representatives of this variety are suitable for beginner rabbit breeders, as they do not require separate care and are easily adapted to local conditions. Females of this breed weigh on average 4.5-5 kilograms, and males weigh 6 kilograms each. At the same time, individual representatives can grow up to 7 kilograms of live weight.

Although the gray giants belong to the meat-peel breeds, the quality of their skins is average. In this parameter, they are inferior to the rabbits of any skin type. On the other hand, from one animal you can get a large area skin, which is why many farmers appreciate them. The quality of meat and slaughter yield, they are somewhat inferior to most of the meat breeds. These animals are distinguished by medium precocity, but they multiply quickly, and perfectly care for their own offspring.

Breed of rabbits Soviet Chinchilla

A novice can confuse the Soviet Chinchilla and the Gray Giant. These two breeds have a similar appearance, weight and color of the skin. But at the same time the chinchilla is able to reach a greater mass, and it has a somewhat better slaughter yield. In fact, this species is perhaps the most convenient for breeding beginner rabbit breeders. Although in various forums about this you can find different opinions. Already by the age of 120 days, the average weight of the young is 3.5 kilograms, and he is ready for slaughter.

The Soviet chinchilla has a decent slaughter yield, and very tasty and tender meat, which can be implemented without problems. A thoroughbred representatives are able to boast a high quality of fur and skins. At the same time, the longer these animals grow, the more meat and skin they give. Therefore, the monthly increases not only the expense, but also the potential profit. The weak side of breeding these large animals - food. They need only fresh and high-quality food, otherwise they will start to hurt and die.

Breed rabbits White Giant

When breeding these animals were used representatives of the breed of Flandre, which has already been described. In addition to them, representatives of various other breeds were used, which were united by one important circumstance. All rabbits used in breeding were albinos, which affected the color of this species. All animals have a pure white fur color, and any deviations are considered a serious marriage. Only animals with snow-white coat are allowed for breeding.

The quality of the skins and furs of the White Giant rabbits resemble the Soviet chinchilla, and just as well are able to compete with the pelts. And they also have excellent meat quality, so their breeders have excellent sales of carcasses and hides. How these animals look can be viewed on photos and videos. The classic white wool and red eyes of an albino will be easily recognized even by a beginner. But, no matter how good this breed is, it has its drawbacks that make it not the most convenient for beginners.

Firstly, the White giant is not distinguished by high fecundity and precocity. For high quality meat you have to pay low growth. Slaughter usually occurs no earlier than 7-8 months of life, in order for the animal to gain weight. Secondly, in one litter rarely a large number of rabbits. And so the health of the young need to be closely monitored. Finally, representatives of this breed have an innate predisposition to a number of diseases. And therefore care for them sometimes causes certain difficulties.

Classic meat breeds of rabbits

Classical meat breeds of rabbits, contrary to popular belief, are often not distinguished by large dimensions. The question here is not how much they weigh, but how fast they are gaining slaughter weight. And these animals usually live for a short time with farmers. Breeding individuals are kept up to 3-3.5 years, and those that are slaughtered for meat - from 2 to 8 months. The main advantage of the varieties of this direction is their precocity and slaughter. Here are examples of classic meat rabbits:

  • New Zealand White Breed
  • New Zealand Red Breed
  • California rabbits
  • European silver
  • Poltava silver

These animals have a lower body weight than those of the giants that have already been described. But on the other hand, they are able to gain slaughter weight by 3-5 months of life, which is why it is very beneficial to breed them for meat. And they are appreciated for the quality of the carcass, which is always easy to implement. The skins of these animals can also be used for sale, but they are usually valued less than the skins of other varieties. Even in the case of high quality fur, the area of ​​the rabbit skin is relatively small.

California Rabbit Breed

These animals have a long list of virtues that make them highly valued by professional farmers in the United States and Europe. Californians, despite the relatively small body weight (4.5-5 kilograms on average), are able to quickly gain weight. Young stock is often sent for slaughter at the age of 3-4 months. And they reach puberty only 1-2 months later. At the same time in one litter is at least 8 rabbits. The small size allows you to keep these pets in medium-sized rabbitries.

Growth rates of Californian rabbits affect those who are accustomed to large, but late-ripe varieties. By the end of the second month of life, young animals weigh, on average, 2 kilograms. And thanks to the light skeleton and the excellent qualities of the carcass, already at the 3rd month of life they have a slaughter yield at the level of adult representatives. Even Californians are very undemanding to the content and resistant to disease. And these qualities were noticed and appreciated by professionals. Here's what they write about it on the forums:

“Recently, announcements have often come across -“ selling Californian rabbits ”. And the demand for rabbits of this breed is very high. The fact is that both amateurs and specialists realized all the benefits from the breeding of these meat animals. They have everything a rabbit breeder needs. Californians are quick-growing, prolific, have a high slaughter yield, unpretentiousness and good health. That is why in the USA this breed, along with the New Zealand white animals, is the basis of meat rabbit breeding. ”

New Zealand white breed of rabbits

Immediately it is worth mentioning that there is also the New Zealand red breed, from which white New Zealanders were bred about a century ago. They have a similar constitution, body weight, earliness and fertility. Only red animals have bright red coat color and less unpretentiousness. White New Zealanders weigh, on average, 4-5 kilograms each, and are not large animals. But then they quickly gain mass, and differ in tasty and dietary meat. And they have a high quality white skin.

These animals were taken as the basis for the breeding of the Californian breed. For this reason, they are similar in size, mass, and a number of other parameters. New Zealanders also have a very good slaughter yield and decent quality meat. By the third month of life, they reach a mass equal to 2.4-3 kilograms. And at this age they are often already sent for slaughter. Breeding of New Zealanders is also profitable because they are distinguished by good fertility. Rabbits seldom bring less than 8 rabbits in one litter.

Another advantage of the breed is their ability to adapt to different conditions of detention. After they were brought to Russia, they easily adapted to local conditions. Even in cold regions, they can be kept in cells with slatted or mesh floors. This facilitates cleaning and maintenance of livestock. Also, these animals have good health, and are not susceptible to diseases. With timely vaccination in the rabbit breeder will not have problems in this matter.


All meat breeds of rabbits can be divided, in fact, into two large categories. One category is meat-shaving animals, characterized by their large size and weight. And the second is relatively small rabbits, whose main characteristics are early ripeness and fecundity. And you can choose any breed for breeding. It is only important that it be adapted to local conditions and moderately unpretentious. Then breeding rabbits will certainly become profitable, with the right approach.

The main types of rocks

There are 4 types of rabbit breeds: meat, meat, skin, ornamental and wild. The first two species are suitable for breeding in farms.

Meat skins are bred not only for meat, but also high-quality skins. Such breeds are more in weight than meat, but they grow more slowly, their puberty comes later, and they are not very fertile.

Rabbits of meat breeds

From the point of view of profit, meat rabbits are beneficial in that they grow quickly and are ready for slaughter at the age of 4-5 months. In addition, meat breeds are characterized by a calm character, strong immunity and high-quality reproduction.

Popular meat breeds of rabbits

In Russia, more than 20 breeds of rabbits are in demand for breeding at home plots. The most popular rabbits of meat breeds:

  • Californian,
  • New Zealand,
  • gray giant
  • Soviet chinchilla,
  • flandre
  • European silver.

Features of large species

Some novice farmers mistakenly assume that large breeds of rabbits are best for home breeding meat and animal directions. Yes, at first glance, the large giant looks quite impressive, but such giants have a large list of disadvantages in breeding and grooming:

  • The larger the rabbit, the harder it is to feed him, as well as provide him with proper care. For a giant, large cages are needed, a larger amount of litter, and it also eats up a lot more than its fellow of another breed.
  • Large rabbits are subject to a number of diseases. These animals are prone to obesity, and also because of the large weight of their limbs often hurt. Moreover, among the litter there are often rabbit with deformed paws.
  • Giants are characterized by poor fertility, and their puberty occurs only by 6-7 months. Кроме того, роды проходят крайне тяжело как для самки, так и для будущего потомства, поэтому летальный исход не редок.

Среди положительных качеств можно выделить спокойный дружелюбный характер и устойчивость к болезням, распространенным среди кролей. Несмотря на весомые недостатки крупных пород, их выращивание распространено среди частного подсобного хозяйства. Можно выбрать несколько наиболее популярных пород:

  • Flandre (Belgian giant). This universal, often used in the breeding of many meat and meat-hides, is the largest breed. The average weight of a crawl is 8-9 kg, but some individuals grow up to 12 kg. The body length is about 75 cm, the head is large, the color is monophonic: black, beige, red. These animals are very picky about the conditions and quality of food, as well as have low fecundity (up to 5 rabbits in the vicinity).
  • White giant. This variety is different snow-white skin without any inclusions and delicious meat. But it is extremely capricious in care: the rabbits grow slowly, have low fecundity, and rabbits are prone to numerous diseases and often do not survive.
  • The gray giant is an easy breeding breed, suitable for beginners. The average weight of an adult male - 6 kg, rabbit - 4.5 kg. Rabbits are not picky, as they adapt even to the harsh conditions of detention, have high fertility and disease resistance.
  • Soviet chinchilla. It looks similar to the previous giant, but differs in a beautiful bluish-colored fur coat, comparable in color to chinchilla. These are fast-growing rabbits, ready for slaughter from the age of 4 months, but finicky in food: food must always be fresh, otherwise animals will fall ill.

The advantages of breeding rabbits meat breeds:

  • high growth rate
  • easy care
  • disease resistance
  • big weight
  • early precocity,
  • good fertility and productivity
  • high percentage of surviving baby rabbits.

The most profitable breeds

It is important for beginning businessmen and simple farmers to know which rabbits are the most meat and grow quickly. Among breeds of the meat direction, only 2 are distinguished, which are beneficial in breeding:

  • White New Zealand who hails from the USA. By the age of 5 months, these individuals become adults, reach puberty, their weight varies from 4 to 5 kg, and the body length is approximately equal to half a meter. Females of this breed are considered the most prolific, 7-8 pups are born in one per year. At the same time, rabbits have a calm disposition, perfectly adapt, and their meat is the most expensive compared to other breeds.
  • Californian. In the description of the breed it is said that these rabbits grow somewhat faster than the New Zealand, but the weight of the adult individual is somewhat less - 3-4 kg. Rabbits are the best in the content, are distinguished by strong immunity, early maturation, high fertility.

How to feed meat crawlers

In industrial production, rabbits of meat breeds are fed with hay and full-length specialized granules, providing animals with free access to food and water. In fact, this is the perfect diet for rabbits, which allows you to avoid such a frequent phenomenon as bloating.

In household farms in the diet of pedigree rabbits include vegetables:

In summertime, the main food products of rabbits are greens and vegetables, in winter - hay, grain, and high-quality animal feed. Wild grasses useful for rabbits:

Important! To maintain the health of the rabbits they need a complex of vitamins, which can be purchased at a veterinary store.

How to keep and breed meat rabbits

Purebred rabbits are either in cages or in an aviary, but each individual should have free space, because they do not like close proximity. Also crawls do not like heat and high humidity.

Note! Rabbits are often bred not only in cages, but also in the pits, which is more similar to the natural conditions of life. However, this method of content is only suitable for meat breeds, since the rabbit fur in the pit does not have a presentation.

Cleanliness is an important criterion in keeping rabbits. Dirt in the aviary will lead to the disease of individuals and the emergence of parasites. If animals are kept in a cage, then its floor must be lattice, so as not to accumulate moisture and waste.

Important! You should constantly monitor the cleanliness of feeders and drinkers. Water should be clean, leftover food leftovers cleaned and replaced with fresh food. Otherwise it is possible the spread of pathogenic bacteria, destructive for animals.

To increase the weight of the carcass, many farmers often cross breeds. The resulting mixture has the above qualities, though the heredity of these individuals will be non-standard.

Diseases and treatment of meat breed rabbits

Diseases characteristic of rabbits can be divided into 2 types: infectious and non-infectious. Among the infectious are:

  • Cysticercosis is a liver disease caused by cestode larvae.
  • Coccidosis is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract of an animal, in 70% of cases resulting in a lethal outcome.
  • Pasteurellosis is a dangerous disease that destroys livestock in a few days. Often gets to the animals from birds and rodents, it is possible to cure with antibiotics, if the farmer sees the first sign of the disease in time: high body temperature of the sick rabbit is 42 ° C.
  • Myxomatosis - is characterized by the appearance on the body of a rabbit mixot - small nodules that shower the body. There is no method of treatment - the animal is euthanized, the clothes of the person in contact are burned, and the feces of the sick animal are buried to the depth of a meter. You should report the occurrence of the disease veterinary service.
  • Listerosis - transmitted from ticks, fleas and lice, dangerous to humans. This disease is treated with antibiotics, which is ineffective: it is better to put a sick animal to sleep.

The best prevention of infectious diseases is timely vaccination of livestock.

Among non-communicable diseases, pneumonia and poisoning should be highlighted.

The first occurs in the presence of drafts, high humidity and sudden pressure drops. It is characterized by lack of appetite, fever, hoarse breathing and nasal discharge. For treatment, the animal is placed in a comfortable environment, give it a balanced feed and drink plenty of fluids, and are treated with antibiotics.

Poisoning occurs when poor-quality nutrition, as well as falling into the trough of poisonous plants. The disease is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, exhaustion. Paramount, rabbit offer plenty of drink, pick the right food. You can water a sick individual rice or oat broth, which will help stop diarrhea and toxins from the body.

In animal breeding, the main criterion is profitability. Therefore, preference should be given to the type of animals from which there will be a high gain, such as rabbits. The best breeds bred by the breeders will allow each person to find rabbits to their liking and get the maximum profit from the sale of rabbit from the farm.

A feature of their care is the manufacture of large-sized cells located outside the room where there are no drafts. Grown in the barn White Giants often suffer and give a high percentage of marriage already at the first entree.

Gray Giant and his features

The individuals of this breed have a strong rough constitution, a massive, strong body with a small sub-breast. The length of the body reaches 66 cm, the coverage of the breast behind the shoulder blades is up to 39 cm. The croup is rounded and wide, the head is large with large erect ears. The breed is peculiar to several colors: gray hare, dark gray, ferrous gray, etc. The coat is dense and has a zoned toning like agouti.

The difference of the Gray Giant from the rest of meat breeds in early maturity, the quality of meat and carcass, high resistance to various types of diseases. The rabbit weighs 2-2.5 kg at 3 months if it is on full feed. In this case, the female should feed the offspring up to 6-8 weeks.

Growing rabbits of the Gray Giant breed does not require complicated manipulations. They are adapted to the usual conditions of detention and feeding. Perfectly suitable for this wooden cages of large size, equipped with drinkers and feeders.

Belgian giant (Flandr) - giant

Rabbits of breed Flandr are champions on weight among long-eared, for which they received the status of broiler. There have been cases of fattening animals up to 25 kg, although on average they weigh 9-11 kg.

The business card of Flandre are very wide and long ears, standing upright. Their length should reach 20 cm. If the index is less, then it is a marriage and it is not desirable to allow such individuals to mate.

Externally, the rabbits of this breed are very massive because of the wide and deep breast, large head and dense thick hair. The back of them is arcuate, which makes it graceful. The color ranges from dark gray to yellow gray with an agouti factor.

Despite the fact that Flandres are large in size, they cannot be called early ripening. They become sexually mature not earlier than 6 months and slaughter before this period is not recommended. Females have exceptional milkiness and give up to 8-10 rabbits in a single shot.

Cons in breeding Flandrov:

  • dietary requirements,
  • voracity,
  • compliance with the conditions of detention (large cells, solid floor),
  • small output of meat,
  • low quality sandpaper
  • underdevelopment of the lower extremities.

Many breeders, despite all the disadvantages, prefer this breed for a balanced temperament, livability with other eared and good intelligence.

California rabbit in all its glory

Description of the breed should start with the fact that it has a distinctive color. The main color of the rabbit's fur is white, but in addition, nature has dressed it with black or dark brown ears, tail, paws and a spot on the nose. These spots are well defined and have a clear contour. The eyes are red. According to the constitution, the animal is no different from the generally accepted standards of meat breeds: a downed body, a short head, and a developed lumbosacral region. The skin of good quality.

Advantages of this breed for breeding for meat:

  • high fertility (up to 12 rabbits),
  • unpretentiousness in feeding and care,
  • good innate immunity
  • adaptability to conditions of detention
  • precocity.

The meat of Californian rabbits without excess fat, which makes it even more valuable. The yield of pure meat product reaches 75%.

Each of the above meat breeds has its advantages and disadvantages. When choosing rabbits for your farm, it is necessary to take into account not only the final weight of the animal, but also the specifics of its rearing, especially puberty, immunity, etc. If meat is needed for personal needs, then the Belgian giants are perfect. The acquisition of rabbits for industrial production requires different selection criteria.

Silver rabbit

For the creation of a new breed, rabbits of the Champagne breed were subject to careful selection. In 1952, livestock specialists from the Tula and Poltava regions managed to breed a new breed. The number of “new” rabbits was greater than their predecessors. In addition, they were distinguished by better viability.

In appearance, these animals are compact, the body is wide, expanding closer to the hips. The head is small, the ears are erect, the chest is voluminous, the back is even, the croup is wide, slightly rounded.

The legs are strong, the muscles on them are well developed, set correctly. Eyes brown. The constitution of the mesosomal type, the body in length reaches 57 cm, and the girth of the sternum is approximately 36 cm. The average weight is 4.5 kg, sometimes it can reach up to 6 kg.

Fecundity is good, 8 rabbits at a time. Young animals are gaining weight at an accelerated pace, thanks to which they are turned up for meat slaughter. The meat comes out very tasty, tender. Young rabbits are well fed. From rabbits aged 120 days, you can get 57-61% of meat by weight.

The coat is thick, silver-gray color. The marginal hairs are white, the down is blue, and the guide hair is black.

Initially, rabbits are born black, after a month the fur begins to acquire a silvery shade. 4 months after birth, the color of the fur becomes the same as in adults.

It is better to keep animals of this breed under a canopy in light cells, as in the conditions of a closed space their productivity decreases, they begin to show aggression, and the young growth becomes not so viable.

The older the rabbit becomes, the more radically the color of the fur will change. Hair will either brighten or turn brown. After processing, the color of the skin is quite peculiar, besides, not very thick.

Viennese blue rabbit

These animals were bred in Austria from Moravian rabbits and Flandres. They are not too large, rather, medium size. The direction of the meat-sandpaper, but because of a decent weight they are often bred for meat slaughter.

The body is slender, oblong, the bones are strong, and the legs are well muscled. The constitution of the mesosomal type.

The average weight is 4.6 kg, the maximum weight is kept at 5 kg. The body is 57-58 cm long, and the girth of the sternum is 36 cm. The rabbit gives birth at a time, usually 8-9 rabbits, each weighing approximately 72 g.

The milkiness of the females is good, they are caring mothers. In 2 months of life, young animals gain weight in 1.7 kg, in 3 months - 2.6 kg, in 4 - 3 kg. Viennese blue rabbits endure strong weather changes, in the winter they can save young.

Skins from these animals are excellent, very beautiful colors. Pile is very soft due to the large amount of fluff. This material is widely used in both natural and processed form.

Rex Rabbit Breed

These animals have french roots. Were withdrawn in the 20th century, but on the territory of the current CIS came from Germany.

An adult animal is large - weighing 3-4.5 kg, with an oblong body 40-54 cm long. The body is not knocked down, of delicate construction, the bones are light and thin. The thorax is deep, but narrowed, there is a small dewlap.

The back is even with narrow croup. Legs are thin. Young animals gain weight at an average rate. For the first month of life, they gain 700 g, for the second - 1.7 kg, for the third - 2.2 kg.

By the time they reach the age of four months, the animals manage to gain 2.4 kg of weight. Rabbits are not particularly prolific, single offspring usually consists of 5 - 6 rabbits. Meat turns out dietary, very tasty, tender.

Valuable skins of these animals. Coloring can be very different - black, brown, white, blue. The size of the skins can also be different. Because of the small length of the hairs it seems that between the trimmed. In the color of these skins do not need.

Breed description "Butterfly"

This Belarusian breed was created by crossing the English butterfly rabbits with local individuals.

The bred offspring were crossed with Flandres, and their born animals were bred and a Belarusian butterfly. Due to the source material, the rabbit of this breed is able to produce large offspring (up to 8 rabbits) and a lot of milk.

The body of these animals reaches a length of 54 cm, and the girth of the chest is 36 cm.

The body is Eyrisomnogo type. The average weight is 4.3 kg, the maximum - 4.9 kg. The body structure is strong, the head is of medium size, the ears are of medium length. Chest volume, sometimes there is a decompression. The back is wide, oblong. The croup is wide, rounded.

Limbs strong, straight, muscular. Wool thick. The body is white, black, blue, chinchilla spots. The shape of the spots does not change: a symmetrical butterfly forms on the cheeks and nose, there is an intermittent belt on the back, there is also a bezel around the eyes, the top of the tail and ears of black color.

Rabbits of this breed are able to quickly get used to the climate of the area, they can be fed with local feeds.

About Flandre Rabbits

These Belgian animals appeared in the 19th century. Their bodies are long, strong bones.

The head is large, round shape. The ears are long and wide, diverging towards the end.

The sternum is well developed, the girth behind the shoulder blades is more than 37 cm. The back is wide, even, sometimes there is a small trough. The croup is wide. The body length is 67 cm or more.

The average weight of an adult male is 5.5 cm, and the maximum is 8-8.5 kg. Fertility is average, 6-7 rabbits can be born at a time. Newborn animal weighing 60-65 g. 4 months after birth, the weight is 2.1-3.3 kg.

Fur is a different color. If the animal is the color of agouti, but it has a reddish-gray body, the lower part of the tail and the stomach are white, the rim on the ears and the top of the tail are black. If the animal is dark gray, the guard hairs throughout the body are uniformly colored black and gray, the undercoat is dark blue, the belly is light.

Thuringian rabbit

These animals belong to the meat-skin, but due to a decent weight of 3-5 kg ​​are raised specifically for slaughter.

The meat is very tasty, healthy, and the skin is very soft and beautiful. The homeland of animals is German Thuringia, and they appeared in the early 20th century.

To breed a new breed, Russian ermine rabbits, argent and flandry were crossed.

Body knocked down, tight, shortened neck, legs with a large number of muscles, medium in length. The coat is light brown in color, and there is a black veil on the nose, hips, ears, and sides.

The fur is shiny, very smooth to the touch. Color may vary throughout the year.

Breed "Black-brown"

The wool of these animals is dark brown in color, from which the name of the breed originated. In general, the coat color is very patchy. On the sides of the coat is black-brown, on the head and back is black.

The down is light blue, the guard hair is gray-blue. To breed this breed in the middle of the 20th century, Flandre, the White giant and the Vienna pigeon were crossed.

Animals are characterized high productivity, actively gaining weight, mid-season. Wool and meat of high quality.

The average weight is 5 kg, but often the crawl can eat 7 kg. The body is downed, strong, the head is large, the sternum is voluminous, the limbs are oblong, fleshy.

Маленькие крольчата весят около 80 г, а в трехмесячном возрасте – уже 3 кг. Самка за раз дает по 7-8 крольчат. Мех мягкий благодаря большому количеству пуха.

Новозеландские белые кролики

Габариты у этих животных средние, шерсть чисто белая.

Эти альбиносы были отобраны из красных Новозеландских кроликов в Америке в первой половине 20 века. The subsequent selection was aimed at the selection of more intensive growth, obtaining more high-quality meat.

In order to get a bigger meat output, selected individuals were crossed with Flandres.

They acclimatize well. The weight of an adult crawl varies between 4 and 5 kg. The body constitution is strong, the body is proportional, short, the musculature is well developed, the back is wide, and the legs are strong.

The youngsters very quickly eat up the mass, which is what characterizes this breed. For 2 months, rabbits, which are born in a weight of 45 g, reach 2 kg, and 3 months after birth, they weigh 2.7–3 kg.

The meat is low-calorie due to the highly developed muscles. The fur is of the same quality as the meat. The coat is thick, white. Females give birth to 7 to 12 rabbits at a time. Often the rabbits of this breed are raised as broiler animals.

It is better to grow the rabbits yourself to get good meat than to buy it in the store. So you will know that in the meat product there are no antibiotics and other chemicals that can only cause harm.