Starting a rabbit enterprise
Listed below are concerns that persons should take in consideration when considering whether to start a commercial rabbitry enterprise. Due to similarities in the methods of production with those of caged laying hens, the responsibility for assisting new rabbit producers has traditionally resided with the Extension Poultry Department in most states.
Raising rabbits is not suited for everyone. To be successful, the producer must be able to give careful attention to small details. Record keeping is a primary requirement and duty.
Rabbit production at the present time is not an enterprise that the producer can rely upon initially as a full-time occupation.
Prior to investing in facilities, equipment, and breeding stock, determine where the market is and how many rabbits the market can support.
It is recommend that anyone interested in raising rabbits for the first time get into the business slowly, perhaps with 10 to 20 breeding does. If, after learning how to manage the business, you see that you want to pursue it further, you can do so at a rate to suit your financial resources. If on the other hand, you find that you are not suited for the rabbit business, you can sell equipment and stock with little or no financial loss.
Remember, keep both good financial and production records or you will not know if you are making progress and a profit or whether you are losing money.