Well, the two litters from Squeak and Pearl are ten weeks old today! Or, maybe, yesterday, by the time I actually hit “Publish”. Since meat rabbit fryers are generally processed between the ages of ten and twelve weeks, I wanted to get a good idea of how they were doing weight-wise. With your actual meat rabbit breeds producing ideally 5-pound fryers at that age, I was naturally hoping that we might be close to that weight. In reality, though, these are not actual meat rabbit breeds; they are the offspring of, initially, a minilop (hey, he was a rescue, you have to start somewhere!) and a Flemish giant cross that topped out a little over 6 pounds. Am I going to get 5-pound rabbits at 10-12 weeks from this line? Uh…. no.
So anyway, we weighed every bunny in both litters today, and this is what we have so far:
Pearl’s litter weighs 3 lb 1 oz, 3 lb 4 oz, 3 lb 5 oz, 3 lb 8 oz, 3 lb 9 oz, and 3 lb 4 oz. Their average weight is 3 pounds, 5 ounces.
Squeak’s litter has been at the feed trough a little more. They weigh 3 lb 7 oz, 3 lb 8 oz, 3 lb 9 oz, 3 lb 4 oz, 4 lb 3 oz (!), and 3 lb 15 oz. Their average weight is 3 pounds, 10 ounces. The little porker at 4 lb, 3 oz is the last bunny pictured in the post, “The two litters at 6 weeks!”. Fittingly, it is pigging out on food in the picture.
One interesting thing about this is actually the fact that Squeak’s litter is heavier than Pearl’s. Squeak and Pinto both have Thumper, the minilop, as their father. Squeak is smaller than Pearl. I would expect Pearl’s litter to be heavier, since only the father, Pinto, is a minilop cross. With Squeak’s litter, both mother and father are minilop crosses. I suppose I will never understand rabbit genetics!
The average for both litters is 3 pounds, 8 ounces. Not bad, considering these are just mutts with no meat rabbit background. Guess we’ll weigh again at 12 weeks and hope they’re close enough at that point. I really don’t want to butcher rabbits again that are old enough to have the skin thoroughly stuck to the meat! That was difficult!