Jami McBride wrote:Here is a great discussion, with pictures, we had on pastured rabbits http://www.permies.com/t/1352/critter-care/Pastured-Rabbits#8346 This link is different than the one offered above.
The big think I also wonder about is who goes in which paddock? Just all the weened fryers in the pasture? Weened fryers and the bucks? Weened fryers and the does? what do you think? As much as I want them to do their own thing.. I really don't want to loose track of breeding.
Joe Skeletor wrote:I remember that the fence she used was lower than the ones we have with chickens, maybe only 2ft. high or so. know the bigger problem was them burrowing under, not jumping over.
Also, about moving them to a new paddock. From what i remember, it was as simple as taking the one side of a fence off, to the new area, and the rabbits would all go over there to get the new greenery. I'm thinking that the size of the paddock was pretty small so that the rabbits would eat up all of their favorite greens, and then when she opened up the next site they were really excited to get to the new ones. She moved them very often, which kept them from creating too many burrows (at least not many getting out of the paddock).
Her shelter was basically a cart on wheels that had a ramp up to it. There was a top to it so you could open the top if you needed to get in and check on a litter or clean it out. Also, she said the rabbits would run under it or up into it if they heard a hawk or other predator.
Here is a picture of one of her 'cajachinas', as she calls them. Found it on somebody's blog that she must have helped. It's the cart on wheels I described -
emancipation acres cajachina
Kit Hammes wrote:Hi everyone, I've been looking at colonies and pastured rabbits for a while and came across this thread. Super interesting!
For those with experience with colony-raising rabbits in a paddock system and provide artificial underground warrens, do the rabbits keep them clean, like they would for the ones they dig, or do they end up leaving them for you to clean up? I don't want to allow them to dig their own because we have heavy clay that will flood with a good rain storm, but I still need to locate housing underground for temperature management (we have hot summers). Does anyone have thoughts or experience on this?