Why raising rabbits is a worthwhile venture

Some people are very negative about raising rabbits while others are enthusiastic. It is true raisingRabbits rabbits is not for everyone. But I feel raising rabbits lies in the interest, real desire, sincere joy at farming and animal husbandry, willingness to work hard, and finally determination to hang in there until it pays off.

Rabbits have a number of valuable advantages that make their production quite inviting. One doe can produce 4-6 litters of 6-8 young each per year. That means one doe can easily give you 25 or more offspring per year. Multiply that number by the number of does you may have to arrive at your annual production given proper husbandry and management practices. Multiply this number then by 1 or 2 kilograms and you see the potential of meat production in rabbits.

Rabbits consume large amounts of forage - greens of many types - which people do not eat. They convert this forage into meat which people do eat. Anyone with fields or a garden will have maize stalks, sweet potato vines, fruit peelings, peanut vines, cabbage or lettuce leaves, carrot tops or any number of other greens in addition to lots of wild plants and kitchen garbage on which rabbits thrive. Many of these greens would otherwise go to waste. They would need, however, a bit of grain each day.

These animals produce a highly acceptable, very nutritious meat. When slaughtered, they give meat for a family-size meal. They are easy to prepare in a number of ways. The pelts can be used for clothing, hats, to cover bicycle seats, etc. and their use could spark a village industry/crafts project.

To start a rabbit project one does not need a large initial investment. One can begin with home-built hutches and 1or 2 does plus the breeding buck which all together represent a small outlay of cash. They respond well to good management but are surprisingly forgiving of poorer management. They give good returns for the inputs invested. Any size of project can be profitable depending upon the resources of time, money and materials the individual rabbit farmer may have.

Rabbit raising makes an excellent family enterprise. Children in the family learn about life, production, the joy and value of hard work, and cooperation in caring for their rabbits. My three children each owns one doe in our family rabbitry and are saving money for college with the returns from their doe's offspring. They are learning about the possibilities and joy of working in harmony with God and His creation to increase food production.

Rabbits fit well into a balanced farming scheme. Their manure is very valuable for vegetable gardening to fertilize the soil. Unlike poultry manure, it will not burn the plants and can be applied directly to the plant or its roots. Excess and waste from the vegetable gardening project goes to feed the rabbits, setting up a profitable cycle and aiding the balance of nature.

A rabbit farm takes little space. Rabbit production is very adaptable. The farmer can be as intensive or extensive as his condition, materials, possibilities and wishes dictate.


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shambaboi
+9 # shambaboi 2011-10-20 20:59
Which are the best breeds?
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jacqueline
-1 # jacqueline 2013-08-27 14:11
best breeds for meet chinchilla,new Zealand white and California white
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Derrick Muriithi
-3 # Derrick Muriithi 2011-11-01 09:34
I would be very much interested in receiving information regarding rabbit breeding,management and marketing
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ROSEMARY MARCONS
-1 # ROSEMARY MARCONS 2012-03-08 13:47
please advice me i want to start raising rabbits at rear back yard
how old should i start with and what is the best breed
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admin
-2 # admin 2012-03-09 22:20
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please advice me i want to start raising rabbits at rear back yard

how old should i start with and what is the best breed
You would want to start with one buck and a doe. This will give you between 8 to 10 offspring when it gives birth or kindles. Check this article for the best breeds livestockkenya.com/.../...
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kihara
-4 # kihara 2012-04-19 13:33
i would like to know if the market is available for rabbit meat or they are raised only as breeders..am interested in raising but i have not found out any information on market for meat..any ideas
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judy tuda
0 # judy tuda 2012-05-05 16:16
I have three rabbits, i male and 2 female. One female has pink eyes. She recently had her first little ones and never fed them so they all died!! The other has black eyes and has 7 little ones very healthy. QUESTION; WHY DID THE RABBIT REFUSE TO CARE FOR HER YOUNG AND WHAT CAN I DO IN FUTURE? WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HOUSE THEM?
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TT
0 # TT 2013-09-20 00:20
Quoting judy tuda:
I have three rabbits, i male and 2 female. One female has pink eyes. She recently had her first little ones and never fed them so they all died!! The other has black eyes and has 7 little ones very healthy. QUESTION; WHY DID THE RABBIT REFUSE TO CARE FOR HER YOUNG AND WHAT CAN I DO IN FUTURE? WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HOUSE THEM?


Not sure whether you got your response. When I & my brother were young, we did raise rabbits & had one that did the same thing (would not care for her young). What we did was before heading off to school & after school would hold the 'mother rabbit' down and physically place the liter on the 'mothers' tit to feed. That way they did survive. We though that behavior was strange but I see its not! :)
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christina
-1 # christina 2012-06-11 15:26
i wud highly apreciate any info on rabit breedin
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evans mburu
0 # evans mburu 2012-06-19 22:50
Quoting christina:
i wud highly apreciate any info on rabit breedin


I have some rabbits for sale. Good for breeding.
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samson
0 # samson 2013-10-17 19:54
Quoting Derrick Muriithi:
I would be very much interested in receiving information regarding rabbit breeding,management and marketing

how much is one?
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Jacky
0 # Jacky 2012-10-05 09:40
Christina, please send me your email address so that I can send you the information that I have compiled on rabbit breeding.
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Sarah
0 # Sarah 2012-11-12 13:47
Hi Jacky,
Am interested in whatever information you have on rabbit breeding. My email is

Thx
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Jacky
+1 # Jacky 2012-11-12 16:40
Hi, I sent the info, please check your email.
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Geoffrey Moturi
0 # Geoffrey Moturi 2013-07-26 21:06
Kindly send me all the information about rabbit farming to 0728 915 510.Thanks i can assure u that this is a profitable venture.
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deo
0 # deo 2013-08-14 12:31
Hi.im just getting started.please send me whatever info you have on market for either live or rabbit meat
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Emily
0 # Emily 2013-03-21 12:35
Please email me the info as well my email is
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Dottie
0 # Dottie 2012-11-28 16:51
Hi, I'm also interested in information about rabbit rearing. Kindly email me on . Thanks
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francisca
0 # francisca 2013-01-06 13:07
Hi,
Please assist me with information on how to rear rabbits
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tawanda
0 # tawanda 2013-07-20 21:45
hi..cn u send me info abt rabit breeding. or whatspp +263772907926 many thanx
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Betty
0 # Betty 2013-08-15 13:06
Please send me more information about rabbit rearing. I would like to start. On a commercial basis.

Regards,
Betty
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Emmah
0 # Emmah 2013-10-03 14:51
Please tell some of the info about rabbit breeding and management
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maina
0 # maina 2013-10-16 15:16
kindly send me all information on rabbit breeding including the cages
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Gitonga Kinyua
0 # Gitonga Kinyua 2013-12-09 12:03
Quoting Jacky:
Christina, please send me your email address so that I can send you the information that I have compiled on rabbit breeding.

Jacky, i know this is way belated but am just starting off and bumped into this site. If you dont mind send me the info please on .
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douglas nyangena
0 # douglas nyangena 2015-04-27 15:34
keenly interested on diseases affecting rabbits mostly rainy season, kindly inform and their control.Thanks.
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maraga felix
0 # maraga felix 2013-10-08 12:20
contact me on 0724676016. i will help you with the information you will want for free
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muchiri
+1 # muchiri 2012-06-27 22:22
am selling my rabbits about 100 of them.

Anyone interested?
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James B
+1 # James B 2012-07-12 11:38
How much you selling them and what is the average weight!
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James B
0 # James B 2012-07-12 11:39
where are you located?
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John Muchiri
0 # John Muchiri 2012-07-27 17:59
I am rabbit for meat from farmers withing the nakuru county please inform on phone NO:0725553969
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aydot
0 # aydot 2012-07-12 16:34
hello pls,am in need of some pure line of new zealand white breeds?any contact would be appreciaited.thx
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J. Wachira
0 # J. Wachira 2012-07-31 16:34
I have 25 rabbits to sell...carlifonia, newzealand. Located at Thome in Nairobi.
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maich sam
0 # maich sam 2013-02-02 12:17
my friends n' i are interested in rabbit keeping business n' would like to know how much you are selling them for
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denis
0 # denis 2013-02-27 14:03
hw much is one????
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maina
0 # maina 2013-10-16 15:19
#WACHIRA please call me on 0722169694
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jacky
0 # jacky 2012-09-11 10:45
Anyone with information on market for rabbits for meat other than as breeders kindly assist. I have over 100 rabbits and counting of mixed breeds but I am considering aborting the project. From my experience, the hype generated is just that- hype.
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mkulima
0 # mkulima 2012-09-11 22:39
Jacky, there are rabbit butcheries in Murang'a and Gilgil and the supply does not meet demand. You can also contact the Rabbit Breeders Association who are involved in marketing of rabbit meat and breeders.
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sokie
0 # sokie 2015-12-29 16:10
Are you a rabbit farmer yourself and do you sell them at these places? Is so, at what rate do you sell at and is it cash on delivery?
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Dan
+2 # Dan 2012-09-12 20:48
Jacky, I have an order I'm servicing. You can contact me too at: danbeny [at]yahoo[dot]com for details.

Thanks,
Dan
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Jacky
+1 # Jacky 2012-10-05 09:42
Hallo Dan, Kindly send me further information on the butcheries that I can sell my rabbits. I have very many and good breeds most of which are ready for slaughter but unfortunately I do not know what market to look for. Any information will be highly appreciated.
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sokie
0 # sokie 2015-12-29 16:12
Jacky do you still farm rabbits?
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sokie
0 # sokie 2015-12-29 16:11
are you still servicing orders?
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erick orero
0 # erick orero 2012-09-14 13:05
have around 120 rabbits by now..just call 0750714608 rght now..n we will communicate..crias people please
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Luke
0 # Luke 2012-10-11 22:56
I am very interested and would like to know how to start. I have enough space, just need guidance on how to go about it.
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erick
0 # erick 2012-11-12 19:07
hey just got people n they bought some of my rabbits...rush while stock lasts..am currently in nairobi just call 0750714608
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Jacky
0 # Jacky 2012-11-13 11:05
Erick,do they buy these for meat or as breeders?
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erick
0 # erick 2012-11-13 18:32
both @jacky...i got some new zealands breeders..and others for meat
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charlesmbindyo
0 # charlesmbindyo 2012-11-14 20:23
Hi Jacky,
Am interested in whatever information you have on rabbit breeding. My email is

Thx
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SIGONA RABBITS FARM
-1 # SIGONA RABBITS FARM 2012-11-22 09:22
Rabbit farming is viable and i encourage you to keep rabbits.
You need to get trained and kickstart.
SIGONA RABBITS FARM has been in rabbits business for close to 10 years and weve enjoyed alot of benefits.
we encourage you to start this endevour.
SIGONA RABBITS FARM
PHONE;0722124913
web;sigona rabbits farm.com
email;
rgds
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juma
0 # juma 2012-12-13 17:37
where can i sell rabbits around kisumu. i have some to sell.
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Leo Ogalo
0 # Leo Ogalo 2012-12-17 12:58
Quoting juma:
where can i sell rabbits around kisumu. i have some to sell.


I need rabbits for breeding. Call me at 0702621189
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juma
0 # juma 2012-12-13 17:38
i would like to know where i can sell rabbits around kisumu.
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ericko
-1 # ericko 2012-12-18 13:48
JUST CONTACT ME RIGHT NOW TO GET HIGH BREED RABBITS NEWZEALAND ONES AND RABBIT MEAT @0750714608 AM IN NAIROBI..BUT I CAN DELIVER THEM TO YOU ANYWHERE YOU WANT
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SIGONA RABBITS FARM
0 # SIGONA RABBITS FARM 2012-12-24 14:33
Rabbit farming is viable and i encourage you to keep rabbits.
You need to get trained and kickstart.
SIGONA RABBITS FARM has been in rabbits business for close to 10 years and weve enjoyed alot of benefits.
we encourage you to start this endevour.
SIGONA RABBITS FARM
PHONE;0722124913
web;sigona rabbits farm.com
email;
rgds
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ericko
0 # ericko 2012-12-25 18:31
if you need high breed rabbits newzealands to be specific and rabbit for meat call 0750714608
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francisca
0 # francisca 2013-01-06 13:14
Please encourage me Im here in Nakuru and I want to starting rearing rabbits for meat please I need some training.
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ericko
0 # ericko 2013-01-09 08:47
franciscah just contact me on 0750714608
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keeping rabbits in hutches
0 # keeping rabbits in hutches 2013-01-14 19:19
Rabbits are the cutest things you can ever be luck yo keep! They arent that difficult to keep either, if you have the right equipment ie hutch then its pretty much effortless
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thuo mwangi
0 # thuo mwangi 2013-01-23 16:50
I am a rabbit farmer i have some but they are not ready for meat if you need them you can book now via ()
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Erick
0 # Erick 2013-01-24 19:48
if you need pure breeds of new zealands just call 0750714608 or 0729856760
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deo
0 # deo 2013-08-14 12:38
Quoting Erick:
if you need pure breeds of new zealands just call 0750714608 or 0729856760

Please give details as to how much,how old,which breed and the sex.thank you
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erick
-1 # erick 2013-08-16 16:46
deo you can just call
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Erick
0 # Erick 2013-02-03 11:18
just call 07507147608 or 0729856760 if you need a pure newzealad breed
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JOHN B.
0 # JOHN B. 2013-02-07 19:36
Kindly help me with information about market for rabbits.I bought some 9 does and a buch last month and i already have 16 kindles almost one month old.I bought some pure california white rabbits from a rabitbreeding group in kikuyu.my email address is
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EDMOND
0 # EDMOND 2013-02-19 18:39
want to get info of rabbit keeping
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eddie
0 # eddie 2013-02-19 18:42
update me of rabbitts am a starter
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ericoh
0 # ericoh 2013-02-20 09:08
just call 0729856760
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BIG SPANNER FARM
0 # BIG SPANNER FARM 2013-03-09 20:11
Hi good people just wanted to know whether there is a rabbit farmers association in nairobi please let me know
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winnie njeru
0 # winnie njeru 2013-03-18 16:25
Hi. does any one have current information on whether there are any groups that are doing rabbit farming and selling in embu? is 50000 kshs enough to start such a venture? thanks
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Emily
0 # Emily 2013-03-21 12:38
anyone know about market for rabbits in Nyeri?
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Nyambura
+2 # Nyambura 2013-03-26 10:08
@ Rangoma Maurice...I would like to build some hutches, any contacts of a reputable and reasonable fundi?
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maraga felix
0 # maraga felix 2013-10-08 12:42
i can construct the cages for you. 0724676016
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Bill Majale
0 # Bill Majale 2013-03-26 12:17
I have rabbits ready for sale, please advice on market and rates preferable around Nairobi.Also would like to know where i can get hutches. I would really appreciate this info.
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Mango
+1 # Mango 2013-04-08 19:52
I am planning to do rabbit farming about 200 rabbits for a start.
But i would like to know where to buy the new zealand white and where i could sell the meat and its fur in Kenya or else where?
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Catherine
0 # Catherine 2013-04-15 11:10
Hi,

I am interested in venturing into rabbit rearing. Kindly advice if this venture is profitable.
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maraga felix
0 # maraga felix 2013-10-08 12:44
heloo catherine. contact me on 0724676016 and we will talk more about the market and the profitability of rabbit farming.
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LOHITH
0 # LOHITH 2013-04-21 16:24
Hello,

How is the Market for Rabbit Farming in India.


Lohith
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Joy Kaburu
0 # Joy Kaburu 2013-04-23 18:02
I have rabbits for sale, specifically for meat. breeding rabbits could be on special order. place your order via
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cheru albert
0 # cheru albert 2013-04-26 15:07
would like to know where is the market
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Joy Kaburu
-1 # Joy Kaburu 2013-04-30 13:29
Quoting cheru albert:
would like to know where is the market

Thx Albert for your interest. I breed them in Meru but you can place an order with me then i make arrangements on how you can get them. just quote the kgs or number of rabbits or size and breed. my email again is
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Joy Kaburu
0 # Joy Kaburu 2013-04-30 13:33
Quoting Joy Kaburu:
Quoting cheru albert:
would like to know where is the market

Thx Albert for your interest. I breed them in Meru but you can place an order with me then i make arrangements on how you can get them. just quote the kgs or number of rabbits or size and breed. my email again is

So sorry Albert this comment was not directed to this site. it was an error.
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James Kamau
0 # James Kamau 2013-08-28 11:15
Hi,

Thanks a lot for sharing this piece of information to us. Do you know of anyone who sells rabbits? I want to start rearing them and plans have already started for building the hatches so i just need to know where i can buy the rabbits then start rearing them. I want to rear rabbits for meat production. Also advice me on how to start this venture.

Regards,
James Kamau
0725 268 662
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Pritch
0 # Pritch 2013-10-07 12:11
Please send me all relevant information on rabbit keeping, breeding, feeding, watering, diseases and markets.
Email -
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maraga felix
0 # maraga felix 2013-10-08 12:27
i have good breeds of rabbits for sale. dutch, California white,newzealand white,chinchillah contact me on 0724676016
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Wanai
0 # Wanai 2013-10-15 01:56
Quoting maraga felix:
i have good breeds of rabbits for sale. dutch, California white,newzealand white,chinchillah contact me on 0724676016


Purebreeds? or Highbreeds?
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erick orero
0 # erick orero 2013-11-10 16:45
okay if you interested in joint rabbit farming in Nairobi Kenya just call 0729856760.. got some experience of rabbit farming.Will provide the rebbits mostly newzealands , if you got some space , lets talk and agree
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Duncan Kariuki
0 # Duncan Kariuki 2014-01-02 10:49
I need some good breeds that are ready for meat rearing in the next 2 weeks. Is the market assured?
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where can i sell my rabbits in coast
0 # where can i sell my rabbits in coast 2015-03-31 16:59
where do i sell rabbit meet
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Justina
0 # Justina 2015-08-30 17:14
Would like to rear rabbits pliz send me the info management and housing of rabbits
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admin
0 # admin 2015-08-30 21:03
Please follow this link and download a comprehensive guide. This applies to all others who are interested.
livestockkenya.com/.../...
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