Rabbit farming or cuniculture has seen considerable growth in the last few years. This is because of the increasing demand and ease of investment. Rabbit farming is one of the most profitable and enjoyable livestock farming. They are primarily used for wool and meat. Rabbit meat is white meat rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and has high demand in the market. They are also the best wool producers per kilogram body weight and can produce 6-8 times warmer wool than contemporary sheep. Along with this, they breed up to eight times a year. This all adds to the best profit mantra – “small investments and quick returns”.
Although, like any livestock enterprise, certain aspects must be followed or taken care of to produce a desirable profit. One of them is the feeding method. Indeed, rabbits do not require much attention or selectivity in feeding, but there are still some things to keep in mind. Feeding a rabbit after birth is one such thing. A mother rabbit will be exhausted after giving birth. So it is important to have abundant nutrients to keep her healthy. Also, a lack of knowledge of the type and quantity of nutrients required can affect the mother’s and newborns’ health and well-being. This is because rabbits are known to eat their newborns due to a lack of nutrients and stress factors associated with giving birth. Thus there are certain things to ensure a healthy mother and offspring.