In Summary
  • Rabbit feed formulation uses various ingredients with ratios that differ depending on the available ingredients.
  • Avoid using maize due to the uncontrolled nature of rabbit feeding.
  • Castrate males at three months of age using the open castration method.
  • You can approximate the cow’s weight using a weighing band. For dairy cows the ration must provide at least 16 per cent crude protein.

RABBIT FEEDS

Rabbit production is growing in Kenya but just like the poultry industry it faces challenges more so regarding the cost of feeds.

It is against this fact that I would like to know how to formulate feeds for rabbits. Pregnant, lactating does and growing rabbits tend to have higher protein/energy needs than bucks and resting does.

I would like to learn how to make feeds to improve my profit margins and shorten the fattening period and ensure quality feeds for all rabbit classes/stages of growth.

I am farming rabbits in Kinangop South and Nairobi.

Joel

Rabbit feed formulation uses various ingredients with ratios that differ depending on the available ingredients. It is a wide area that requires one to understand comprehensively.

For further assistance, kindly contact me through the following email address: rnak2k@yahoo.com

Kimitei K. Ronald, Department of Animal Sciences - Egerton University

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Thank you for the advice on rabbit mating, it worked.

First, is it normal for rabbit to deliver two or three bunnies or is there something wrong?

Second, if I were to feed the rabbits with hydroponics, how much of it do I feed to each rabbit and bunny?

Third, how many days a week should I substitute them for pellets and should I worry about bloating?

Is it okay to feed them with dry maize? Fourth, when is the right age to castrate a rabbit and how is it done?

Five, is there a market for rabbit urine and other than manure how else can it be utilised considering I rear them in Nairobi and don’t have a farm.

Thank you for your assistance

Gladys

Does giving birth to two or three young ones is normal. Litter size in rabbits depends on type of breed and number of services during breeding.

It is recommended to use repeated services (between two to three) at two-hour intervals in order to increase litter size.

As a result of its high moisture content, hydroponic fodder may cause bloat and caution should be taken when feeding it to rabbits.

William Gitau of Helitech Youth Group demonstrates how to make organic manure using rabbit urine.

William Gitau of Helitech Youth Group demonstrates how to make organic manure using rabbit urine. PHOTO | FAUSTINE NGILA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Alternative feedstuff include, sweet potato vines, cabbages, kales, Lucerne as well as weeds like MacDonald’s eye and black jack supplemented daily with about 50 grams for a mature rabbit.

Avoid using maize due to the uncontrolled nature of rabbit feeding. Castrate males at three months of age using the open castration method.

Unfortunately, rabbit urine market has been on the decline but one can still use the same at his/her farm as foliar fertiliser or insecticide.

As foliar fertilizer, mix every one litre of rabbit urine with five litres of water while as insecticide, a ratio of 1:2 urine to water is recommended.

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