Thanks for the thoughts. I think Hugleculture is a great idea to keep the pasture productive through the summer. I don't know about it working as underground rabbit containment though. It would have to be a very dense layer of wood and not decompose too much. Locust?
hehe, then there wouldn't be too much hugleculture effect I suppose.
Mr. Rufus Dufus! I love it! haha. No dogs here yet but I agree with you about moving them. Now.. catching the ones for harvest might be a different story. I'll have to figure something out for that.
It sounds like you are talking about a pastured/cage set up where the breeding and nursing take place in confinement, and then the fryers and buck pasture together. I'm considering the same thing. I have two bucks right now, and I don't think they would be OK sharing a paddock together. So maybe I'll start off with just one pasturing. I think that if 1 buck and all fryers were fully pastured from weening forward that would reduce my pellet consumption by ~75%. Any behavioral concerns from that set up? Julia mentions that pastured rabbits take about twice as long to get up to weight. If that is true - fryers will be getting into the realm of sexual development. I don't think we're likely to get breeding happening, but I'm a little concerned about young bucks fighting.
Another big thing is fence construction. At least on the perimeter, I'm thinking I need to bury the fence 2 feet down and still be 3 feet high from the ground. Any experience in this space?
The third major thing in my book is makeup of the pasture. What are you planting?? I'm definitely getting alfalfa in with a mix of orchard grass, ryegrass, red and white clover. Not sure what else to include. I also will have mulberry and sunchokes just outside the perimeter that can be added. Additionally there is an infinite supply of kudzu down here which I can always give them. What is your plan in this area?
One of my major handicaps is space. I'm working with a pasture about 1000 sqft. So I'm either going to scale down to match it, or keep experimenting till I can get some more space for them. I really like the idea of moving in this direction. I've started in cages, but it was never my intention to stay that way.