Why Rabbit?

When people ask us why we chose to raise rabbits Farmer Michael always replies with "Because we can pick them up!" He began his career in farming with rabbits to intimatly understand his food chain. Rabbits provided to be the perfect entrance into meat production. Rabbits are both enviromentally negligable and simple to raise (or so he thought). Requiring very little space and no heavy machinery, rabbitries can be set up in a backyard or under a grove of pieceful Alders without disturbing anyone nearby. Quite simply rabbits can provide sustenance for both the farmer and his (or her) fields without commanding huge amounts of resorces. 


 

Our Feed:

​When the farm began to focus on our rabbit production, we decided that the enterprise must accomplish three things: reduce our carbon footprint, increase economic and environmental sustainability, and allow us as farmers to believe in our rabbitry.  To achieve this, we use a variety of food sorces to raise healthy rabbits, comprising of locally produced feed, as well as fresh pasture, forage and vegetable trimmings from our fields.

After exploring both conventional and organic options on the market place, the farm decided to buy local and support Conway Feed. Our original plans were to raise rabbits in a feed free inviroment, however over time we discovered that the nutritional constistancy of pellets reduced stressed on both the rabbits and the farmers. As such half of their diet comes from 17% protien rabbit feed .  (click here for full list of ingredients.)

Variety is the spice of life on the farm and our rabbits recieve plenty of variety. Not content to give them a strict pellet diet we strive to give them a blanaced mix of micronutrients and phytochemicals through the grasses, herbs and vegetables on the farm. And plenty of fresh, delicous, artisinal, heirloom water to wash it all down! Grasses provide necessary fiber for a healthy digestive track, while upcycling our vegetables allows us to take advantage of our hard work while reducing waste. Herbs such as parsley, rosemary, and marigold strenghten their immune systems. 

 So whether its grown on the farm or sourced locally, we strive to make sure that every rabbit is both happy and well fed. 

Pigs; the farm's comic relief

​In the fall of 2017 we were gifted a small American Guine Hog to raise up on the farm.  For the first couple of weeks she lived in a trailer as we figured out what to do with her.  As apples were plentiful, we began feeding the pig a combination of produce and apples, and observing what exactly a pig does.  As we moved to the new property we continued on a path of discovery to determine whether or not we wanted to grow our own pork.  

Over the course of the following year we discovered the personality and usefulness of having a pig on the farm far outweighed the challenges of an occasional break out.  In fact, the pig even prompted a Christmas poem!  After harvesting this experiment we discovered that we did enjoy raising pork on a pasture.  Our pigs are fed a variety of vegetarian scraps from a food bank, as well as field produce and the occasional scoop of feed to keep their weight on track.  With our routines down, we started 2019 with 2 more pigs in an effort to grow them to sell.  We started our pigs with one important caveat:  we wouldn't have a muddy pen.  

We want our animals at Chubby Bunny Farm to have an enjoyable and yet productive life, and the pigs are no different.  As such, we designed our pig enclosure to remain mud free during the wet season.  This meant giving our rooting porkers plenty of space.  3,500 square feet of it, to be exact.  With old growth stumps to chew on, and plenty of pasture to turn over, they are always an active duo.  We may increase the number of pigs in the future, but a mud free area will always be the goal.