Rabbit Farming

Domesticated rabbit is the only animal which can produce 10 to 15 times or more of its own body weight in a year through its Progenies. A scientifically cared and well managed Rabbitry can generate good profit with in few days. If you plan to start a rabbitry and succeed in that field you should have scientific and systematic knowledge about various type of rabbits and its Housing, Reproduction, Feeding, Immunization and caring etc… Aastha Rabbit Farm provides the effective and scientific training, guidelines and other support to Rabbit Farmers.

INTRODUCTION The Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) strategy to fight world hunger has rabbit as its key component. . Increased awareness of the high potential of meat rabbit production has made a positive impact on the lives of the majority of subsistence, limited-resource rural and periurban populations in Western countries. In developing countries such as India , where enormous meat shortages exist, the potential for rabbit production is greatest Rabbit meat serves a source of Low saturated fat for the population overfed countries and as a source of cheap animal protein in underfed countries, thus exhibiting the varied potential of rabbit farming. Broiler rabbits must be considered as an important contributor of protein source to assure food security because of the ability of the species to produce high quality and quantity of meat.


1. Rabbits have small body size leading to efficient space utilization

2. Rabbit Farming requires less space and it can be done as commercial or as backyard farming.

3. Limited competition with human food in contrast to Poultry.

4. Early sexual maturity: 6 months in Does and 12 months in bucks

5. Prolific breeders: High fecundity rates – 6 to 8 pups in short gestation period.

6. Year the around breeding in ideal management conditions.

7. Rabbits can easily thrive on the greens (Lucerne , Maize, Guinea grass, Napier) grown for other livestock and market surplus vegetables (leafy vegetables, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber) and with efficient Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR).

8. Can be successfully done as agro-allied farming (No requirement of skilled labor).

9. The nursing period for the pups is 20-25 days. But the Doe can be mated to a Buck after 15-20 of delivery. It means a female can deliver babies every 45 days highlighting fast reproduction. Rabbits will produce 6 pounds of meat on the same feed and water as a cow will produce 1 pound of meat on the same feed and water.

10. Within 4 months a baby Rabbit gain market weight of 2 kgs.

11. Rabbit meat is defined to be the most nutritious meat known to man. It is white meat and it has been found to provide good health and prevent excess fat, heart diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetics and cancer among those who eat it.


Indeed the wild rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus of southern Europe and North Africa is thought to have been discovered by Phoenicians when they reached the shores of Spain about 1000 BC. In Roman times the rabbit was still emblematic of Spain . The Romans apparently spread the rabbit throughout the Roman Empire as a game animal. Like the Spaniards of that time, they ate fetuses or newborn rabbits, which they called laurices. Several breeds of rabbit were known in the 16th century and this is the first record we have of controlled breeding. Domestication can therefore be traced to the date Middle Ages. This was probably the work mainly of monks, since it provided them with a more delectable dish than the tougher wild rabbit. In the 16th century breeding seems to have spread across France , Italy , Flanders and England . In 1595, Agricola mentions the existence of graybrown (wild), white, black, piebald (black and white) and ash grey rabbits. In 1606, Olivier de Serres classified 3 types of rabbit: the wild rabbit, the semi wild or "warren" rabbit raised inside walls or ditches, and the domesticated or hutch-bred rabbit. The meat of the last is described as insipid, and that of the wild or semi wild type as delicate.





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