Bunnies! Small livestock can help folks attain a sustainable lifestyle and bunnies are some of the smallest livestock around. Unlike a cow, if they happen to step on your foot, you won’t mind. They’re a good starter livestock since they can fit into almost any ‘farm’ no matter how urban your farm may be when starting out. They’re quiet, they eat pretty low on the food chain so their feed isn’t expensive if you buy it and is easy enough to grow for an even higher level of sustainable.
Do you raise bunnies? Do you have one for a pet? Do you have a few to make fiber for spinning into yarn? Do you have a couple busy bunnies making fertilizer for your garden? There’s also the option to have a few for dinners as well.
They’re very versatile critters and very micro-farm friendly. Even city farm friendly. A lot less noisy than chickens and eat lower on the food chain. Grasses, leaves and twigs will pretty much keep them happy.
We raise English angoras for their fiber and they provide us with enough fiber to have a small yarn business selling Hula Bunny yarn. They don’t take up all that much space, they’re an outside herd in two big bunny hutches and several smaller ones. The daily care and maintenance is just feeding since they have piped in water. The hutches have wire bottoms to keep the bunnies’ wool clean as well as making it easier to clean the hutches.
As angoras, though, they do need haircuts to get the fiber so the time we save in daily maintenance is used for coat maintenance instead. They get up to three haircuts a year and provide about a pound of fiber per year. As English angoras, we have the option to pluck or comb the fiber off of them when they’re molting instead of always a hair cut, however it’s generally faster to just give them a haircut. They get three haircuts per year, these bunnies grow a lot of wool.
They also provide us with all the fertilizer we need for the garden, which is something any breed of bunny can do for you. It doesn’t need to be aged like the hotter chicken manures, it can be put directly on the garden.
Do you have a bunny helping you garden? A fuzzy bunny helping you make yarn? Meat bunnies helping out with dinners? Or a fuzzy pet bunny just being cute?