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Once an old-world favorite, rabbit is making a comeback as a protein of choice in the homesteading world due to its high protein content. Whether you want to raise rabbits for meat, for extra cash, or for the fun of it, there are a few things to keep in mind. Use this quick start guide to have a hoppin’ good time raising your own rabbits.

Most farms have the space to raise rabbits in larger colonies, but they must be managed effectively. Remember the old saying: rabbits breed like, well, rabbits! A female rabbit can have three litters a year, with an average of seven babies in each litter. Decide if and when you’ll separate males and females to keep herd size manageable. Otherwise hasenpfeffer will be on your menu for months!

When building a hutch for your rabbits, design with space in mind. Rabbits need plenty of space in their hutch to jump, run, and be comfortable. Estimates vary depending on who you ask, but for the happiest hoppers, shoot for providing ten square feet per adult rabbit. You can save on space and make your rabbits happier by giving them ramps and leveled hutches for exploration. If you have the space, consider creating a simple rabbit run out of wire. Let the rabbits stretch their legs and explore green grass while staying protected from predators.

It goes without saying, but a colony of rabbits is only as healthy as their environment. Encourage your rabbits to do litter training to keep cage cleaning as easy as possible. Always provide fresh hay for comfortable bedding. As an added bonus, female rabbits will use this fresh hay when it’s time to build a nest–no extra work is required on your end. Just make sure the rabbits have enough to stay warm in the winter!

Rabbits have a reputation for being docile, but rabbit breeders know these little creatures can get feisty and competitive, particularly in a group setting. The last thing you want is a fight. Keep the peace by providing ample food and water for your colony in multiple locations.

Raising rabbits is one of the easiest and low maintenance homesteading activities you can do. Provide a better quality of life for the animals and know where the meat on your table comes from by raising it in your backyard.

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Great article! Raising meat rabbits also gives you great fertilizer for your garden which is further enhanced by raising worms. We raise composting worms under our rabbit cages.

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Simple Ways to De-Stress in 15 Minutes or Less

If you’re a woman who farms, you know that the pressure can be intense. You’re working at all hours of the day, often starting early in the morning and finishing after the sun goes down, and meanwhile you’ve got to balance a home, love life, friends, family, and your own mental health. Add in hobbies, fitness, holidays, and finances, and you’ve got the recipe for a heaping bowl of stress. Obviously, we’d all like a six-week vacation in Bora Bora to wash the angst away, but that’s sadly not an option for most of us.

Luckily, you don’t need several hours and bundles of cash to relax. There are plenty of ways to de-stress in 15 minutes or less, so don’t let the pressure overwhelm you.

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Meditative breathing is a quick and easy way to ease your stresses. Take a deep breath in through your nose, extending it for as long as possible, and let it out from your mouth. Just 3 minutes of this calming practice can massively decrease your stress levels.

Make A Cup Of Tea

The simple act of making a cup of tea can be calming, as it focuses your mind on a simple and easily achievable task. Make your favorite brew and take 10 minutes to enjoy it – you’ll feel more calm after just a few sips.

Hit The Floor

Sitting on the floor is a classic return to childhood helplessness, but you can harness it for your own benefit. Try curling up in Child’s Pose (you’ll recognize it if you’ve ever taken a yoga class) to give you some physical and mental space from the things that are bothering you.

Journal It

Writing about what’s stressing you out can help to clarify your feelings and clear your mind. Try journaling to help you organize your thoughts and release them somewhere that’s safe, private, and personal.

Talk To Someone

Of course, talking to someone you trust is a great way to de-stress. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long therapy session (although those are great too!). Spend 15 minutes venting to your partner, calling your friend for a quick chat, or messaging your mom. Sometimes all you need is to feel heard.

These simple relaxation techniques will help you de-stress and clear your mind in no time at all. Even on the busiest day, you can hopefully make time for these soothing practices. You’ll be more level-headed and happy before you know it!

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