Hostile Hare - what the deuce?? We know the name caught you off guard, am I right?! And in fact, on their own website it'll tell you right up front: "Not Your Mama's Rabbit Website!"
(The term "hostile" is actually related to creating alternative fuel out of biomass - think rabbit droppings! - but that is a story for another day.)
But what it IS, is the very smart outfit owned and operated by Nick Klein, rabbit and quail breeder, small business coach, and builder of high-quality, predator-secure rabbit and quail cages, some with metal frames and manure drainage systems.
Hostile Hare, and Nick's Hostile Homestead, is located in Casa Grande, Arizona.
With time, trial, and error, Nick has become very good at efficiently raising meat rabbits in volume with minimal outlay of time per day, despite the brutal desert heat. He has streamlined his rabbit care through mechanization of some of the routine aspects of animal maintenance, such as manure removal.
His cage design (keep reading!) is another sign of his attention to the needs of rabbits.
This is why Raising-Rabbits has been pleased to partner with Nick to bring his Hostile Hare cages and rabbits to Raising-Rabbits visitors. We think you'll love it all!
All Hostile Hare cages are 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep, and entirely constructed of 1 inch x 1/2 inch wire. The floors are made of the extra sturdy paw-saving 14-gauge 1" x 1/2" wire, while the sides and top are constructed of 1" x 1/2" 16 gauge wire.
Hostile Hare builds their cages in two heights: 15 inches tall, or 24 inches tall.
Predator-Safe, like Fort Knox:
There is none of the usual 1" x 2" wire here, which should be music to the ears of every rabbit breeder who regularly deals with predators like snakes or rats. The very small holes keep all predators out. And in fact, I don't know of any other cage company that constructs their cages with such rigor.
Plus, with sides built entirely of 1" x 1/2" wire, there is no need to worry about losing baby kits through the cage wire.
In my opinion, these cages are priced very fairly, given the attention to detail, cost of materials, and the several rabbit-protection problems solved by the use of narrow gauge ceilings and sides.
The few extra bucks you pay today will more than reimburse you in savings over the life of the cages.
The cage(s) you purchase will be shipped to you partially assembled but laid flat in order to save you a ton of money on shipping.
You will need cage assembly pliers, which will be INCLUDED. Also included are more j-clips than needed, so if you lose a few or mis-apply and then replace a few, you'll have more than enough to cover your needs.
What's really cool is that Nick has made helpful and easy to follow how-to videos that you can watch as you assemble your own cages. Find some of them embedded in the Raising-Rabbits Store pages, and all of them in the Hostile Hare YouTube channel and other Social Media.
Find all of the Hostile Hare cages in the Raising-Rabbits Store! Click the green links near each cage description below to learn more and make your purchase.
Five banks of three attached cages each, for a total of 15 cages.
This 15-Cage Pack includes Free Shipping!
Individual cages are 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep. Interior living space height is 15 inches tall.
Choose Your Options:
Hostile Hare's convenient Outdoor Wire Panel Pen can be set on the grass so your rabbits or quail can forage fresh greens. It has no floor; the sides and roof protect from aerial predation. (Ideally, rabbits should be supervised as they may attempt to dig out, or dogs/coyotes could pose a threat.)
The outdoor wire panel pen is fabricated out of 1" x 2" wire, and measures 6 feet long, 3 feet, wide, and 2 feet tall. (A wire panel pen designed for quail is 15" tall.) It can be moved around the yard or pasture fairly easily by two people.
Place it on your own wire-floored wheeled frame to turn it into a "rabbit tractor," making it easily mobile.
If you have the funds or the credit line, and are committed to the idea of raising rabbits whether for sustainability, business opportunity, or even a family enterprise, then I don't know of a better way to get started in growing rabbits, than by NOT having to figure out the whole thing, reinvent wheels, and buy stuff bit by bit (with parts possibly getting trashed because they weren't suitable for the job).
Nick has done ALL the research and has worked out ALL the kinks, and now offers a turn-key, incredibly efficient "rabbitry" to the serious rabbit breeder.
You provide: Electricity, water, your own rabbits. That's it. Amazing.
Available in two sizes. Click links for much more info:
Reach out directly to Nick if you're interested in tapping his business savvy. Discuss specific details one on one beyond the usual general rabbit-raising information. Nick offers his coaching service to help people plan out their self-sustainable endeavors. This is much more than day-to-day rabbit husbandry; this is big-picture help toward business success - making money with your rabbits and/or quail.
Nick says: "We will discuss your goals, your plan, what steps you’ve taken already, and what you would like to accomplish next."
A consultation may be all you need to develop a winning game plan so you can take your rabbit ranch to the next level.
Hostile Hare has dozens of mouth-watering recipes, tried and true and delicious! Rabbit is an extremely lean protein; there is a place for rabbit in a healthy diet.
Does rabbit taste like chicken? Not exactly... But you can use just about any dark meat poultry recipe for rabbit, including good bone broth as a base for winter stews. Easily substitute rabbit for the chicken in any of your own favorite recipes (add fat or bacon!). Or maybe you'll find new favorites amongst these Hostile Hare rabbit recipes.
Your dogs and cats will love the rabbit scraps. (To find out more about what rabbit can do for your pet, check out the Raising-Rabbits Pet Feeding page.)
Below are pictured just a few of their mouth watering delights; this link will connect you to all 72 rabbit recipes!
Rabbit Sage Sausage
A hearty breakfast includes fresh sausage, to start the day right! A rabbit sausage recipe to add to your books! Nothing better than having a nice rabbit sausage made from rabbit meat raised in your back yard!
Rabbit Enchilada Dip
This rabbit enchilada dip is a great appetizer or main dish. Cook your rabbit meat ahead of time and throw this together after work. Easy to make, even easier to eat!
Easy Cheesy Bacon Rabbit
Quick and Easy Cheesy Bacon Rabbit. This combines so many of our favorites - rabbit, bacon and cheese. How can you go wrong? This rabbit meat recipe is sure to win over any critic.
Crockpot Creamy Rabbit with Biscuits
This rabbit recipe is like an upside down pot pie. It is creamy, delicious and easy to make, involving minimal time in the kitchen.
Are you looking for straight-forward information in plain English? Do you appreciate having a couple of go-to websites instead of endless searches? Nick has been writing a Hostile Hare website blog on animal, food, fuel, and survivalist topics since prior to 2014!
There's a LOT of excellent and resourceful information in this blog, on the website itself, and in Nick's impressive social media presence. He has posted his own informative articles, easy-to-follow instructional videos, and vivid pictures that clarify the topics. All of it is from the perspective of a hands-on homesteader.
Hostile Hare and Casa Grande Quail (also Nick's enterprise) are based in Arizona. Animals, and especially rabbits, need special care in the desert with extreme heat and dehydration in the summer, and bitter cold and dehydration in the winter. Access to year round knowledge helps in order to provide year round care for one's little livestock, and Hostile Hare provides an abundance of tips and tricks so your herds and flocks will flourish.
Nick breeds Chinchilla Rabbits for the same excellent reasons that make New Zealands or Californians popular - chinchillas are fast growing, muscular and meaty, and have medium bone structure yielding a favorable meat to bone ratio.
Hostile Hare continues to reinvest into his herd by acquiring new rabbits from good bloodlines to add to their breeding stock.
Do you live local in Arizona? Do you raise rabbits or are you interested in raising chinchilla rabbits? Consider obtaining a trio or quad directly from Hostile Hare.
If you're interested but don't know if you'd even like the taste of rabbits, why don't you get a few pounds of processed rabbit and lay the question(s) to rest? Nick has frozen rabbit available for purchase.
Nick also owns Casa Grande Quail.
Do you want some nutritional variety in your diet? Do you love tasty eggs? Do you have limited space to raise livestock? Are you wanting poultry that don't make non-stop obnoxious noise like chickens? (Nothing brings an HOA to your door faster than a rooster that won't shut up!)
Quail make an excellent addition to any household or homestead.
Casa Grande Quail has quail for sale (both live and frozen), plus quail eggs, quail cages, knowledge resources, and can even do personal video consultations.
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