Rabbit rearing in Kenya

There many breeds of rabbit in Kenya eg New Zealand white ,California white, Chinchilla , French Ear-lopped and Kenya White. New Zealand white is reared mainly for meat production.

Rabbits are kept for meat, skin, and manure and for learning purposes.

Advantages of Rabbit farming over other livestock

    Rabbit rearing require a small land area
    They can be kept in any part of the country.
    Rabbits gestation period is 30 days, meaning you can increase their populations/revenue in a short time
    Rabbits feed on weeds from farms hence do not compete with other livestock

Rabbit Hatch
The house should be raised from the ground .You can construct the hutches in 2-3 tiers to maximize on space.

Feeding Rabbits
Rabbits are easy to feed as they feed on wild grass, weeds, legumes, indigenous plants hay and kitchen waste. Always put rabbit feed to hang as it makes it easier to eat. Feed them twice daily on 400-500gm daily. Make sure you know what you feed them with as some wild weeds may be poisonous to the rabbits. Plenty of water is needed, place a small water bowl with a solid base to avoid being overturned but it’s advised to use drip feed water system.
Good health comes from keeping environment clean, ventilated, avoid overcrowding. White vinegar and water 50/50 mixture helps disinfect and reduce odour when sprayed in the hutches
Rabbits can easily get sick and if you discover any discomfort or changes its advisable to visit a veterinary doctor or KARI (Kenya Agricultural Research Institute) official for treatment.

Websites with information for Kenya rabbit farmers:
Rabbit Breeders Association of Kenya (RABAK)…
Kenya Rabbit Youth Initiative
Rabbit republic
Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

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