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How to Start Rabbit Farming in Nigeria

In this post, I will show you How to Start Rabbit Farming in Nigeria. Here you will see the business overview, feasibility studies, possible challenges and profit potentials of rabbit farming.

Did you know Nigerians consume one million tons of rabbit yearly? Yes, there is a huge source of income in this business.

Today, I will show you how to start a rabbit farming business in Nigeria. Here, you will see the requirements to startup a rabbit farm, the steps required, required facilities, possible challenges and tips to succeed. Without further ado, let’s begin.

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How to Start Rabbit Farming in Nigeria
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Rabbit Farming in Nigeria: A Brief Overview

Rabbit Farming is a goldmine in Nigeria owing to the high demand of it. Rabbit meat is very delicious and it goes well with pepper soup. That’s why many “joints” in Nigeria prefer putting the rabbit in their pepper soup rather than chicken or goat meat.

Starting a rabbit farm in Nigeria requires little capital unlike other animal farming business like cattle rearing. When managed properly, you can make millions of Naira from rabbit farming in Nigeria.

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Reasons Why You Should Start a rabbit farming

Little Competition: In Nigeria today, so many people are focused on poultry rearing forgetting about the delicious taste of rabbit.

It just a little number of people that are engaged in rabbit farming. With that in mind, staring as a fresher in the business there is a little amount of competition.

An Increasing market: As earlier mentioned, the demand for rabbit is increasing on a daily basis and with so many people becoming aware of the health benefits, the business is growing rapidly. Apart from consumption so many people are in need of rabbits as a pet.

High birth rate; Rabbits are known to breed throughout a year and it takes only 35 days or less for a pregnant doe i.e a female rabbit to put to birth. A doe can give birth to 30 or more kits in a year. This high birth rate equates to a higher yield and more money.

Skin: Rabbits are not only meant to be eaten. Rabbit skin can be used to make shoes, bags etc.

Pets: Rabbits can also be used as a pet.

Fertilizer: The waste from rabbits can be sold to farmers as fertilizer

Rabbit Farming in Nigeria: Required Facilities

Rabbit Cages:  This will be the home of your rabbits. The cages need to be spacious and properly ventilated. The cages can be built with metal or wire mesh but it must be built by someone with vast knowledge on rabbit cage construction.

Water Containers: The rabbit cage must have water containers were the rabbits can drink water from. These containers must be clean regularly to prevent the rabbits from falling sick.

Feeds: Rabbits are herbivores animals so it will be wise to feed them grass. You can also feed them an edible vegetable or shrub If you want your rabbits to be healthy, endeavor to feed them at least two times a day.

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Rabbit Farming in Nigeria: Possible Challenges

One major challenge you must encounter when you venture into rabbit farming business in Nigeria is the presence of intruders like snakes and insects.

These intruders are very dangerous and can kill or shorten the life of your rabbits. To prevent this, ensure you cage is built in such a way snakes can’t get it and endeavor to clean it regularly to prevent insects like ants or cockroaches.

If you intend to run a rabbit business, you need to be very watchful and be able to detect when a rabbit is sick so you can isolate it from the healthy ones and give it treatment. Rabbit is very contagious and failure to detect one sick rabbit can lead to five or more sick rabbits.

Rabbit Farming in Nigeria: Health benefits

1. Rabbits are very low in cholesterol.

2. Rabbits are is the best meat for people living and dealing with diabetes or hypertension.

3. Rabbits have the highest protein content of all meat

4. Rabbits have the highest level of unsaturated fatty acids.

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Rabbit Farming in Nigeria Feasibility Study

This feasibility study is for a Rabbit farm of just 3 Colonies. (3 males, and 9 females).

An adult Rabbit is sold for N8,000. (N8,000 X 12 Rabbits = N96,000).

Feeding =                    N50,000

Water supply =          N15,000

Cage construction =  N7000

Water containers =  N3000

Miscellaneous =         N12,000

Total =                           N183,000

If the 9 females produce 8 kits four times in a year, making it 32 kits each, it makes it 9 X 32 = 288 Rabbits within a year. You began with 12 Rabbits and now you have 288 rabbits plus the former 12 makes it 300 rabbits.

Breeds in Rabbit Farming

Having knowledge of the perfect rabbit breed is very important if you intend to be a successful rabbit farmer in Nigeria. Below are the most popular rabbit breed you should know :

English Spot

English Lop

Dwarf Lop

English Angora

Chinchilla

British Giant

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Marketing in Rabbit Farming

How would I Sell my rabbit effectively?  is one question that would have been going through your mind as we reach the later stage of this post.

You can sell your rabbits at your local market or you can sell your rabbits online through websites like Narialand.com. if you intend to go international, you can as seek the services of a website developer to help you create a website to sell your rabbits. Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are also effective for rabbit selling.

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