I have noticed in different facebook groups that kids are gathering multiple breeds wanting to breed rabbits. I do fully support youths wanting to breed, but gathering multiple breeds to create mixed breeds isn't the way to go.
- I suggest looking into breeds that may interest you. Choosing your breed is your first step.
- Research is your best friend. Research all of the information on the breed you've chosen, such as coloring, unshowable vs showable, the standard of perfection etc.
- Look into getting help from an experienced breeder of your chosen breed. Many breeders are willing to help mentor people wanting to get started. Don't be afraid to ask questions, as we are all always willing to answer.
- Be sure to purchase the correct supplies for your chosen breed such as cages that fit the breed, nestboxes, grooming supplies, bottles or crocks etc. Also be sure to check what type of feed to buy, as some breeds require certain protein levels in their feed.
- Go to a few shows and watch your breed of choice. Get the hang of it by watching how a show works.
- Once you've researched information and purchased the correct supplies, look into getting good quality stock. Granted, if you're just getting your foot in the door, stock may not be 100% perfect, but you need to start somewhere. Just make sure the rabbits you purchase are as close to standard as possible.
- The main thing to keep in mind, is raising rabbits is NOT a profitable 'business.' There is a lot of money that goes into caring for them and it rarely ever even breaks even. So if you are in this for the money, you're in the wrong type of hobby.