Are you planning to develop a rabbit breeding business? Here we will provide you with enough information to set up this type of business starting from scratch in Nigeria, so get motivated, we will tell you how to do it below. Take note!

How to start a rabbit farm in Nigeria: step by step

 

  1. Location

At the time of starting the rabbit breeding business, you will not have to worry much about the problem of location, since it is not necessary to have a large space or an overly complicated structure to start.

However, the main thing is that you focus on some important details regarding the site you allocate for rabbit farming:

  • Must stay clean

You have to analyze it thoroughly when you are going to define the location, avoiding that the site is close to an open sewer or garbage dumps.

  • Avoid residential areas

Rabbits themselves are not a threat to your neighbours, but some odors from their urine can escape and, along with other unfounded fears, can make your life miserable in the community.

  • Choose quiet places

Rabbits are very sensitive to noise, because it causes them stress, which is why they end up getting sick.

  • Temperature

The ideal temperature for the well-being of rabbits should be between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius.

  1. Structure

The structure of the place for raising rabbits is quite simple, it can be inside a shed, a garage or in your garden. You must avoid strong drafts, in which case use curtains or, in open fields, plant trees that cut off drafts. It is also important that you place wire screens around it.

  1. Equipment

  • cages

Regarding the team, the important thing is the cages; rabbits reproduce very quickly, so you should assign individual cages, one for each animal.

Generally, these have standard dimensions of 620x40x80cm, and are made of galvanized wire, which guarantees greater durability. A cage is used to house the female with her pups, and also for fattening up to six pups per cage.

  • Feeders and drinkers

Normally, in the specialized market you can get all the complete equipment: cages, drinkers and other maintenance equipment.

  • nests

In the market where you get the rest of the equipment, you will also get the nests. However, rabbit husbandry experts have ingenious nest designs to improve reproduction. Get in touch with one of them.

  1. Special care and maintenance

  • Reproduction

You should know that females (rabbits) come into heat at four months of age and males at five; Knowing this, you can place the male in the female’s cage for mating to occur.

A single male is enough for 10 females, but remember that he needs an interval of 36 hours for a new mating.

For their part, the cubs are born after 31 days and need to be kept at a temperature of between 35 and 39 degrees C. After 20 days, the cubs begin to leave the nest and feed on water and food. Weaning occurs at 35 days or so.

  • Rabbit feeding

Rabbit feeding must be strictly balanced; in stores that sell animal feed you can find the appropriate rations. However, to save costs you can insert natural products such as carrots, oats, banana peels, alfalfa, legumes and fodder into their diet.

  • Special cares

Hygiene care is the basis for the success of raising rabbits, since this will prevent them from getting sick and they can grow up healthy. That is why you must always be attentive to the cleanliness of the environment, and the cages must be provided with removable bottoms to be able to wash and disinfect them.

The care of the feeding and the adequate supply of water must be carried out with a scheduled periodicity, since carelessness in the diet causes diseases in the animals, as well as the propensity to contract infections; remember that an infected rabbit can infect the entire breeding population.

  1. Business regularization

Considering that rabbit farming is an undertaking in a business to earn money in Nigeria, you must take into account the following:

  • Regulatory Compliance

It is essential to comply with all the legal regulations established for this type of business, both those of an administrative nature and those of a sanitary nature.

  • Business performance

It is proven that rabbit farming business brings good profits. In recent years, the consumption of rabbit meat has increased considerably, ensuring that you have a fixed market for your production, it is just a matter of planning your business.

It is estimated that the value per Kg varies between #2,000 to #6,000 thousand naira and considering that an animal has about 2.5, with 100 animals its return is between #50,000 to #100,000.