Rabbitry management covers a variety of topics and concerns … the first of which is selecting the breed or breeds you will raise. After you know which breed, you will need to think about the equipment you want to use, your feed, herd health, breeding and reproduction. This page will provide links to articles or web pages covering these topics.
Overall care and management can vary greatly from one region to another (hot versus cold) and from your personal preference (hutches, cages in a shed, your own “bunny barn” space, or even in the garage or house). We’ve lived in northern Illinois and now in Florida and have discovered this first hand. We have not had outdoor hutches but have good friends who do and we have personally experienced all the other examples. We’ve had stack cage set ups, hanging cages, and supported rows (or runs) as well as an assortment of odd cages.
In many things “rabbit” … there is no right or wrong way. My preferences and what works for me may not work for you. I believe in providing information about the options and letting people choose which will work best for them. I do not pretend to have all the answers but will do my best if you have questions and will ask around to find the assistance you may need.
When we first got into rabbits (see the “How It All Started” page), I read EVERYTHING that was at the library and went searching for more. We were just getting started on the whole “internet thing” so didn’t have the access to everything that’s out on the web these days. I would still suggest you read books and/or talk to well-established breeders — especially if you want to show or raise meat (for personal use or commercially). The guy or gal with 100 rabbits in their backyard may or may not know what they are talking about and educating yourself so YOU know is critically important.
If you would like to suggest a link to an article or a web page, please Contact Me. If you find any of these links are incorrect or no longer working, please let me know.
Hubbard Feed Rabbit Management Guide — some good basic information
Three Little Ladies Rabbitry List of Articles — a list similar to the one I’m putting together
Management & Health Issues of Rabbits — Florida A & M University article
Starting a Rabbit Enterprise — Mississippi State University article
Meat Pen Notes — quite a bit of information and some great links
Raising Rabbits — a very thorough website with tons of information