Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Rabbitry Library

A reader asked for suggestions on great books for new rabbit raisers. The one that comes to mind for me is that big gray book, Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits, which might be one of the most in-depth books on the subject mass produced. Other books, like Barnyard in Your Backyard and The Backyard Homestead's Guide to Farm Animals also have great rabbit "sections" but aren't complete books. And I assume the reader also is interested in cooking and eating rabbits, and for that there are a slew of great cookbooks and suggestions I'm sure!

So what do you rabbit breeders and eaters out there suggest?

What's in your Rabbitry Library?


Blogger Sue Steeves said...

The book that you get when you join ARBA is great as well! Storey's guide is my go to book though! Also, joining a rabbit raising or meat rabbit group online has been a literal rabbit lifesaver for me many a time. There are some really friendly rabbit folks online.

May 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Samantha Johnson said...

I'm the author of three books on rabbits: "How to Raise Rabbits" (Voyageur Press, 2009), which details rabbit care, breeding, feeding, housing, etc...; "The Field Guide to Rabbits" (Voyageur Press, 2008), which is a full-color guide to rabbit breeds and colors; and the newly released "The Rabbit Book," which is aimed at youth rabbit enthusiasts. You can check out my books on Amazon:

Thanks! :-)

May 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

well how about that Samantha! would you like to do a brief Q$A here on the blog and giveaway a signed copy of your books? If so, email me!

May 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Talk about a well-timed post! Going to check all.these books out now. Thanks for stepping forward, Samantha and thanks for the info, Jenna.

May 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Sara Thompson said...

There's a good one coming out this summer - Rabbit Housing by Bob Bennett. It may cater to the housing component but it has some well rounded information about keeping rabbits.

May 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Raising Rabbits by Anne Kanable!

May 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Raising Rabbits by Anne Kanable!

May 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I like Anne Kanable's book Raising Rabbits. It touches on some folk remedies for mild rabbit maladies, which I like.

May 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Oxray Farm said...

I love the website/forum RabbitTalk they have TONS of information. They are really friendly and have helped me with any questions and problems that came up. It was like having a rabbit mentor close at hand.

May 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Love the pics! What cuties! Some of my friends call me "the bunny lady" because I have a netherland dwarf and holland lop as pets. Love them to pieces and can't imagine eating them. I will always garden instead, since any animal I ever own would turn into a pet :)I always enjoy your blog Jenna!

May 2, 2012 at 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Rachel B said...

I have two house rabbits. I can't say enough good things about the House Rabbit Society's website ( They have great articles about rabbit health and diet that would be applicable to meat or fiber rabbit owners. There's a lot of bad rabbit advice out there; the House Rabbit Society has done a great service by providing so much up-to-date information for free.

May 4, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Sorry for the triple posting!

May 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I also highly recommend ARBA's book "Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies" which can be purchased on their website:

It has sections on how to groom (especially important for angora owners but often overlooked) and very informative sections on breeding and different setups. While Bob Bennet's grey book is good, it seems to be solely focused on raising for meat without any of the handy butchering and breeding pictures/illustrations you need to get going.

May 5, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

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