Every time we add an animal to our homestead, we endeavor to give it as natural and whole a life as possible. For us, that means free-ranging and pasture feeding, and treating with natural treatments whenever possible. We truly believe that these animals are well-designed, and that the best way to rear them is to let them function naturally!
We hope that through this practice, we'll be able to eventually breed and benefit from tough, robust animals that are specifically adapted to our specific land. The book Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard discusses this philosophy at length about plant-tending, but we are confident (and are backed up with the anecdotes from several other homesteaders) that this mentality also applies to livestock. We know there will be losses along the way as we inherit poor breeding choices, but our hearts are ready to take responsibility for the long-term health and vitality of our animals.
So, with all that in mind, when we decided to add rabbits to our homestead, we knew that they would be outside in the pasture to give them the best chance at living naturally. We're excited to benefit from their garden-ready manure (it doesn't need to compost before you add it!), we may someday be able to sell their offspring as wonderfully hardy pets, and we know our meat-eating animals can also benefit from a nutritious source of meat that doesn't come in GMO kibble form.
Andrew designed these rabbit tractors to give our rabbits daily access to fresh grass and herbs every day, while offering them protection from predators and weather. This video is actually several weeks old, and after observing the rabbits in their homes, I can attest that they are thriving in their little worlds. It's so nice seeing them munching on weeds in the morning, running up to greet us when we come by with treats, and lounging in the covered, back portion during the heat of the day.
This tractor can be built and moved by one person, so it's friendly to even the smallest homestead. Let us know if you have any questions about the design of this build, and we'd be happy to help!
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