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Summer Kits VS Winter Kits

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on January 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM Comments comments (4)

I have noticed that summer kits and winter kits are different in the way they grow and develop, below are some photos, the winter kit has a thicker coat, and noticeably shorter ears, and a shorter body. The summer kit (not really summer just raised in my basement at a constant 70 degrees.) has much longer ears and and a longer body and better fur quality. Please feel free to comment on why these rabbits from the same genetics (the mothers were sisters) are different

Litters in winter

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on December 12, 2009 at 7:26 PM Comments comments (1)

This is not easy, raising litters in the winter. I have had 5 litters, 4 of them today. I have not perfected the timing. It has been so cold. It was so cute to see my husband warming babies today. I was at work and one of the does had the young on the wire, my husband bless his heart, not being the animal person I am, put them into the nestbox, and brought them in.  We used some Angora fur from when my mother raised them and covered the babies, and it worked it brought them back to life. 4 of the litters remain outside, I brought the mother that had them on the wire inside, to see if she will care for them, I hope. I will keep you posted on how they do.

See photos:


This is my biggest and best meat doe, her mother had 9 her first litter and 12 her second, and so has she. So this shows the consistancy that I hope to gain with all my does.



These are some of my Hybred does, I call them hybred because I bred a Show buck with a meat doe.

She did well she had 6

Her sister (below) had 7



The other sister had a litter as well


I am trying new nestboxes, to see if I like the metal ones, so far so great!!

Wow, Watch Food Inc.

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on November 7, 2009 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow, watch Food Inc. Do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how animals are treated? Watch this documentary and visit foodinc

Just recieved "Domestic Rabbits" magazine from ARBA

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on October 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)
I was pleased to become a member of ARBA and I just recieved "domestic rabbits" magazine. I was pleased to find a great deal of information in it. We have New Zealand white rabbits, that we purchaced from a top breeder in New England, so I am interested in showing, I am thinking I will breed for next spring, we are all ready raising great NZW meat rabbits, that have, AND KEEP large litters and are big, but I belive that showing would be fun. I am trying to figure out how I am going to breed in winter, we are a small rabbitry raising the most high quality New Zealands for meat, (the stock came from a meat rabbit breeding program at a college, we have selected and line bred them, forward.) in our garage at this point in time, we have shed, ready to put the rabbits in but it will be very small and I still can't figure out how to do the watering, as the shed has no water, I am planning on carrying from the house, the shed has heat, so that will be a plus. We are not exactly set up for it, it is raising rabbits in the city almost. I envy all of you out there with large barns and space, but I realize that has its drawbacks as well.

New Litters

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on May 16, 2009 at 6:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it has been a while since I have posted, I will be posting new videos soon so check the recent videos page.


I got this excerpt off from a website on raising meat rabbits

"New Zealands come in different colours, such as black, red, and the most popular for meat purposes, white. These weigh from 10-13 pounds when mature. They are known for their ability to grow market-ready fryers (4-5 pounds) by 8 weeks of age. Their average litter size is 8-10 bunnies. The breed was developed in the USA and is well-proportioned and has a full, well-muscled body type, and prominently veined ears. "


We are very proud that we just had a litter of 12, 11 and 8 kits. Our rabbits are large bodied with a large survival rate. We weighed a buck from a litter at 10 weeks old and he was 6 lbs. Will post again soon.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on January 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM Comments comments (1)

Happy New year, 2009 promises to be a great year for growing your own food. I am excited for spring and am looking forward to starting the garden soon.

I am interested in feedback,  Do most people build their own nestboxes or do they buy them, what is better? If a kit falls out in the winter outside they are done for, what is the best design to prevent this?


New NZW cross stock available, visit the sale page to see photos.

Questions or Comments please e-mail me!

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on December 10, 2008 at 7:31 PM Comments comments (2)

To anyone who wishes to post to this blog but is unable to log in please e-mail me at [email protected] or go to the contact page and fill out the form, but please state clearly in your e-mail if you wish to post to the blog, I will never post any e-mail without the sender clearly wanting the message to be posted. That said, I recieved an e-mail that I thought I would post.

Thank you for such a great response, I think you sumed it up perfectly
" I think if more rabbit raisers here in the north east can start banding together and sharing information we may someday have a viable farming enterprise up here." Roger
This is what it is all about, please contact me and I will be happy to share my experinces with you. I am happy to give you all the links and resources available to me, and if I don't know and can find out I will. If you are looking for rabbits/ young breeding stock we have some available at this time.

Feel free to comment on Rabbits, Homesteading, the state of the economy, whatever.

Posted by Silver Ridge Rabbitry on November 25, 2008 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (4)


Rabbit/ Animal lovers and Bloggers unite.

Please post some comments. I am interested in what you have to say, as you can see I am still working on the site and would appreciate any comments you may have to help me make this a better site.



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New Rabbitry Set-up!!!

Silver Ridge Rabbitry is pleased to announce that we have changed our set-up. Previously we were raising out of our garage. That was not an ideal situation, now we are cooking, we have stacking cages from our manufacturer, in a milk house adapted from my father's cow barn, generations of farmers, now in my family. My new set-up is stacking cages with trays. It is so organized and neat, and I hope to keep it that way. I can not say enough about setting it (the rabbitry) up once and doing it right the first time. I just sold off my used cages, that didn't fit into the rabbitry, now I have new and wonderful challenges with my rabbitry. I can not stress how much you want to think about your set-up (cages feeders watering systems, etc.) As much as you want to find the best stock to begin with. If you begin with great stock and a great set-up you can deal with minimal or plenty of space, a barn with poop falling, or stacking trays in basement or a garage or shed. Rabbits are a commitment, so start with the best stock and supplies. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in seeing our set-up.

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