Meat, wool, skin and manure are just some of the income generating benefits of rabbit rearing in Kenya in 2022. The demand for rabbit meat is currently very high bringing the price of one kilogram to 500 Kenyan Shillings. The one thing that makes rabbit rearing in Kenya venture so attractive is that unlike other animals, rabbits are low maintenance. Rabbit Housing All you need is a raised hutch to protect your little animals from predators and lots of vegetables for their food.
|Rabbit with big ears|
Since rabbits can give birth up to 10 times an year and have a gestation period of 30 days, it is never advisable to have the male (buck) and the female (doe) live together. This gives the doe time between births with the recommended number being 3 times a year. At the same time, a doe can give birth to up to 10 babies at a go. It is therefore advisable to have ample space in time. Your hutch will be very crowded pretty soon as the rabbits multiply right before your eyes.
You will need to keep expanding the housing if you do not set a system in place to get rid of the rabbits often by selling them. The good thing is, there is a huge rabbit meat market in Kenya and the demand will ensure that your rabbit rearing in Kenya venture is profitable.
In Kenya, we have a number of rabbit breeds to choose from. Here are the most popular breeds for rabbit rearing in Kenya.
- Kenyan white
- New Zealand white
- Flemish Giant
- Ear lops
Feeding the Rabbit
feed on grass, young herbs, agricultural crop residue as well as
kitchen waste. This include green and dry grass, cabbage and banana
leaves and food such as ugali.
|A cute rabbit feeding on Rabbit leaves.|
Rabbits should be fed two times a day giving more a little more in the evening than you do in the morning. If giving them legumes, 75% of their diet needs should still come from greens.
Rabbit Market in Kenya
Farmers can either slaughter the rabbits themselves and sell in chunks of a kilogram or they can sell to the local butcheries to do the same. Chicken and rabbit meat is being sold these way in kenya in most towns.
Another way to sell the rabbits is to sell them whole. This can be done in wholesale to major supermarkets, restaurants and city markets. Chinese restaurants are especially great places to market the rabbits. It is
important to get the orders before hand.
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