Posts Tagged ‘Rabbits’

We have some recently weaned rabbit litters for sale! Does and bucks are available as breeding stock. Details of the most recently weaned litters are below. Read our breeding stock page and fill out the breeding stock order form to get rabbits now!  

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Last month we did a rabbit trade and acquired a new, unrelated buck for our rabbitry. Everyone please welcome Miles Davis, Jr! He comes to us from Kentucky, and we love that he’s a big guy weighing in at over 10lbs! No kits sired by him have been born yet, but we are excited to […]

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Farm Store Open This Saturday, May 6th, 12-4pm  This Saturday welcome the warm weather with a visit to the farm! We have two litters of piglets to see! In the farm store we’ll have rabbit meat, chicken and duck eggs, bath and beauty products, beeswax candles, handmade magnets, coasters, and more! Address and directions are on […]

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We are expecting our first major snowfall tonight, with 8-12″ forecast. I’m thankful we’ve made it until March before getting some major snow. I am also thankful our worst case scenario is 1 foot of snow, not 3 feet like we experienced January 2016. We had a few preparations to make before the snowfall, one of […]

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We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

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Rabbit Hides for Sale

When we process rabbits for meat, we take pride in using all parts of the animal. That includes the hides of the rabbit. Tanned Hides We have a supply of rabbit hides we have processed and tanned that are available for sale. These hides are $30 each, with discounts on bulk purchases. The tanned hides […]

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Senior Rabbit Doe for Sale We have more breeding does than breeding cages right now, which means someone has to go. Banana is looking for a new home to grace with her good mothering skills and productivity! Born here on 7/12/2015, Banana is a chocolate rabbit that carries the dilution gene for blue/lilac (bbDd). We […]

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Wind Damage We are thankful we had no notable damage from the significant wind that swept through the region this week. The worst we suffered was that a tarp tore on the rabbit hoophouse, and a small hoophouse feed area cover flipped over. Trouble is, when the small hoophouse flipped the goats walked on it. […]

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The prevailing wisdom when starting a rabbit breeding operation for your own meat consumption is to start with a trio of 2 does and 1 buck. Rather, we recommend starting with a quartet of 3 does and 1 buck. Using our own personal experience, plus running the numbers of meat production, let me explain why we […]

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Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

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It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

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Over the last few weeks we have taken photos of all our breeding rabbits and posted them on the Our Rabbits page. This was no small feat! First, we have a lot of rabbits. Also, trying to get a rabbit to pose can be a challenging endeavor. We do not show, so our rabbits aren’t […]

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Happy Friday! We’ve had such wonderful weather the last few days. Who would imagine it’d be over 70 degrees in January? I know more character-building cold will come, and I’m fine with that. But I will enjoy today. Pork is Here! We now have a freezer full of pork from the two pigs we took to […]

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On Monday I posted about how we updated our rabbit tractors by installing feeders. You can see a video of our tractors here. Another change we recently made to the tractors was removing the door to the “house” part of the tractor. We did this because we never closed the door, so it was always tied […]

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A while back we adapted our rabbit tractors for winter use. Read about those changes here and here. Elevating the tractors increased the occurence of what had previously been a minor issue: the rabbits flipping their feed dishes and spilling all the feed. When that happened and the tractors were on the ground, it was […]

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We look forward to selling many Silver Fox rabbits in 2017, and to facilitate that we have made some updates to our sales process. We now have pages on our website dedicated to communicating with our breeding stock and pet rabbit customers. Each page has a rabbit order form where customers can tell us what […]

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UPDATE: SOLD OUT. We have sold out of the rabbits listed below. We will be weaning two doe kits this month, and several litters at the beginning of February. If you interested in rabbits, please contact us via our breeders or pets pages. As we head into the new year, we are making some updates […]

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This fall we’re experimenting with a rabbit colony setup. This experiment is ongoing, so we cannot yet say whether or not it’s successful. One nice characteristic of the colony, though, is that we can quickly feed and water several rabbits at the same time. To feed the rabbits, we made a rabbit feeder comparable to […]

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Winter Tips & Tricks

Here at Independence Homestead, winter begins when we switch from automatic waterers to bottles for the rabbits. We do this when the temperature stays below freezing for an entire day, so the automatic waterers will be frozen and won’t work. Well, that happened last week and bottles are up! If you’re facing chilly temperatures as […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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Dispatching Rabbits

We’ve had some questions about how we dispatch rabbits when processing them. We’ve had a lot of success with the method detailed in this YouTube video: We’ve found this method is quick and humane. Additionally, it requires no special tools as long as you have a broomstick around. I hope this helps those of you […]

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In Part 1 I gave an overview of our rabbit grow out practices in the growing season, and profiled a rabbit breeder’s choices for growing out rabbits in winter. Here I will detail the grow out method we are using this winter. This winter we are using our portable rabbit tractors as grow out pens […]

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Winter presents a number of challenges on the homestead, one of which is how to grow out rabbits. Today I’ll explain our grow out method for the growing seasons, and what we do in winter! When grass is growing, we grow out meat rabbits or replacement breeders in portable pens we call rabbit tractors. To learn […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday 11/12, 2-4pm Join us Saturday for our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats for pets, dairy, and land clearing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will cover handling goats, goat health check, […]

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Goats 101 Class Saturday August 13th, 10am! This month we are again offering our popular Goats 101 class! We’ll focus on goats as pets or dairy, land clearing, and proper fencing. This class is family friendly, with opportunities to brush the goats, and get a squirt or two of milk out of the does, too! The class will […]

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