The intention of this post is in clarifying how Breeding & Meat stocks should be better referenced in Rabbitary.
All rabbit, not a particular specie can be used as a breeding stock or meat stock depending on management.
What makes a rabbit a breeding stock is not a breed like the generally recognized breed called hyla but rather the management put in place for proper upbringing, care which is why it is supposed to be better in all circumstances from all its counterpart rabbit breed.
Now, classifying Direct line Hyla as breeding stocks and Hyla crosses as meat stock can be so misleading to some extent. How do you call a direct line hyla with 12 or more kits, now raising the kits and you call those breeders?
That to me is wrong. In reality its a direct line hyla but those kits cannot get the best out if used as foundational stocks for breeding.
Breeding stocks should be carefully selected kits which are given special care and attention and not minding what ever breed of rabbit they are.
You can’t compare a direct line rabbit kits which littered 3 or which the management decided to only choose the best three from the kits and are allowed to be raised under intense condition with a direct line which littered 10-12.
The outputs of this kits will be totally different. So, why sell them all as breeding stocks when they will never produce the output despite they are all direct line hylas?
Hyla rabbits are meant for meat production, and so, hyla rabbits can be sold as meat stocks. Hylas kits of 8-12 or more kits should not be sold as breeding stocks but rather meat stock.
Now, a breeder can decide to select the best three out of the eight kits and allow them to be raised while the remaining 5 are put off. The end result of those three produces breeding stocks and the cost of this breeding stocks is the sacrifice of the wasted 5 and this alone would be the reason for high price of breeders because the management method employed for them is quite different from other kits.
Who ever will be buying a breeding stock would know what he or she is buying, that’s why we see Hylas of 2.8kg at 6 months and the sellers wishes to sell as a breeding stock when actually the same hyla with different management scheme weighs 2.1kg in just 8 weeks and 3.5kg in 3 and half months.
This actually are the breeding stocks, not the breed but the management method employed and the need for high price they demand is the price of the other kits sacrificed to achieve them.
When we begin to see or approach it from this angle, we will be producing excellent stocks purposely for breeding and other stocks which can be used for the purpose of meat.
~Article Mentioned in BELLA Discussion Forum .
❓❓❓ Discussion Question & Response:❓❓❓
I’m a new farmer in Ekiti and my hyla littered 10kits 14 days ago. I fostered 2 to a Chinchilla that also littered 6. I lost one of the runt fostered to Chinchilla and others are doing well. Though they may not be growing rapidly like kits from small litter but I won’t kill them.
I will be glad if anyone can advise me of good management practices to help them. Thanks
1. Ensure that the mother is well fed with a nutritious feeds with regular water supply.
2. Ensure the room size is not less than 2ft by 2ft.
3. Apart from natural breastfeeding, you can also be force breastfeeding them for 10minutes per day.
4. Add little multivitamin to the water twice per week.
5. Don’t wean them earlier than 7-8weeks.
6. On the day of delivery, you should have injected their mother with Oxytocin Injection to boost milk secretion but it is too late to inject it