The Best-First Livestock Animal for Beginners
Livestock wise, what else could I possibly start with other than rabbits? It’s not like I could keep a goat hidden in the backyard. Not that I even considered that a possibility, since it would be illegal in my area, and also one goat? That wouldn’t work at all... But mostly because I’m in the city and it’s against the code. 😉
So the rabbit. Sounds like the ideal animal to have when living in the city. They don’t bark, they don’t crow, and they pretty much breed like the animal they are. Sounds pretty great and best of all easy (supposedly).
Now, I don’t know if anyone else does this, but if you do, let me know in the comments. Because I feel weird whenever I tell someone about it. Probably because nobody ever just accepts it, they always question it. Which of course, leads me to believe it’s not the norm. I like to read four books on the subject before diving head first into a project. Makes me feel like I have a clear understanding and direction before just jumping in and flying by the seat of my pants.
Well, I did some research and I’ll link below my favorite books on the subject in case you’re interested in them. And let me just say, it was not as easy as they said it would be to get started! They (being the bunnies) were not as easy to find or as cheap as they said they would be, and they are not super easy to maintain. This of course may be because I have no experience with raising livestock of any kind, but let me just say it was not a pretty of a picture as the books painted.
That being said, I totally love it and am going to be continuing this project in the upcoming year. I just wish someone gave me a bit more information to go off of during the process. I would have really appreciated a bit more detail on certain aspects and a bit less technical information on others. So hopefully if you are in a similar situation, I hope I can answer some of your questions in the posts to come, or vice versa!
Recommended Rabbit Readings:
Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits by Bob Bennett
This first one is super fast and easy to read and understand. I’d recommend reading this one first.
Rabbit Production 9th Edition by James I. McNitt, Steven D. Lukefahr, Peter R. Cheeke and Nephi M. Patton
This second one is a text book and gets really detailed. I’d say read this one when you know you are committed to getting started with rabbits.