Darren Collins wrote:I have asked this question in other forums, but not gotten much info. Apologies if you've already seen it elsewhere!
I've seen rabbits mentioned in passing in a few of Geoff Lawton's videos and articles, but I've not been able to find out any information on how he raises them. I understand he has them at both the Greening The Desert II site, and Zaytuna Farm.
Has anyone that has been to either site seen the rabbit setups? Could you give a brief overview?
Even better, could you give a highly detailed overview with photographs and/or video?
I'm also interested in how other people are raising rabbits in a permaculture system. The only concrete information I've been able to find so far is from VelaCreations (http://velacreations.com/), who also posts on here.
I'd love to read about more setups!
I've currently got my breeding rabbits in suspended cages, growing out the young ones in movable rabbit tractors - I've modelled my setup after Joel Salatin's. Now that I'm comfortable with their care and handling, I'd like to move towards something with a higher level of welfare.
Darren Collins wrote:This is the period they're most susceptible to coccidiosis, so it pays to be vigilant.
Darren Collins wrote:He needs to keep the breeding stock separated or they'll fight (although others report success with small colonies, I suspect it might be harder to manage at scale)
Darren Collins wrote:Anyone who has seen Joel's setup, please correct me if I've got anything wrong! This is just my imperfect recollection from a whole bunch of sources over several years.