Livestock for Prepping – the unusual

Everybody knows about the usual livestock pigs, cows, chickens, goats and turkeys but what about the alternatives?

Rabbits

Rabbits are great livestock for preppers.  They reproduce at an alarming rate and provide plenty of lean meat.  A pair of rabbits can easily produce an additional 50 rabbits a year, sometimes even 75 or more.  The average rabbit raised for food can weigh in at 8 plus pounds more than enough for a family of four for a meal.  365 days a year with 50 new rabbits per year per pair means you could raise enough rabbits to eat one a day with just 7 or 8 pairs. Of course this means you would need room for around a 180 rabbits at any given time if you let them grow to 6 months before eating them.  Because of their small size it’s easy to raise a few pairs of rabbits in your house or garage and then expand your colony as needed.

And don’t forget they are high in protein and low fat, but watch out for the cholesterol.

Per 3 oz serving: Total Fat 3g, Cholesterol 105 mg, Sodium 38 mg, Potassium 292 mg, Total Carbohydrate 0 g, Protein 28 g.

Ducks

Most people thinking of ducks as wild animals but can be raised in coops like chickens with some considerations.  So why a duck and not a chicken?   Ducks are generally more resistant to disease , can tolerate heat and cold better,  are quieter than chickens (important for prepping) and produce larger more nutritious eggs and meat.

Per 3 oz serving:  Calories 93, Total Fat 1.93 g, Cholesterol 45 mg, Sodium 70 mg, Potassium 327 mg,  Total Carbohydrate 0 g,  Dietary fiber 0 g, Sugar 0 g, Protein 17.50 g

 

Goats

Goats have been a stable in many countries for years but are not a main stream meat in America.  Like cows goats are not a fast growing animal like a pigs, chicken or rabbit, they don’t reach their full weight for at least 18 months.  They do however provide milk and are much easier to handle then cows.  Would you rather have to rustle 1000 lbs cow or a 200 lbs goat?  Goat milk can easily be made into butter or cheese adding fresh protein to your diet without the need to slaughter an animal.   One of the biggest disadvantages of goats is they are not allowed by most city ordinances.

Per 3 oz serving:  Calories 122, Total Fat 2.6 g, Cholesterol 64 mg, Sodium 73 mg, Potassium 344 mg,  Total Carbohydrate 0 g,  Dietary fiber 0 g, Sugar 0 g, Protein 23 g

 

 

 

 

 

 

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