About Rabbit Raising Problem Solver. We
collected your questions about rabbits over the last four years and answered
them all in this Question & Answer book published by Storey Publishing, now available here, and wherever excellent animal husbandry books are sold.
For first-time pet owners and the experienced livestock farmer alike
Rabbit expert Karen Patry addresses questions and concerns about housing, feeding, breeding, and caring for rabbits at every stage of their lives.
From choosing productive meat and fiber breeds to preparing a proper nest box and coaxing a fussy bunny to eat, you'll find proven answers and humane solutions to all your rabbit raising quandaries.
This book covers every imaginable scenario, from the cradle to the rainbow.
Rabbit Raising Problem Solveris "an excellent, well-written book that will become a classic resource for
experienced and novice rabbit breeders,” is the opinion of Don Atchison, President of the
National Rex Rabbit Club.
Are you a new pet owner or new rabbit breeder?
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver will be invaluable, helping you navigate all options safely while minimizing the chance of a premature loss of a beloved pet or grand champion sire.
"This is the most useful book on rabbits I have ever read in 30+ years of rabbit raising.
"It has clear information for beginners as well as enough detail and substance to interest long-time rabbit keepers.
"The breadth of topics is incredible; there is very little I have encountered in rabbit keeping that is not addressed here.
"Its balanced approach is properly concerned with the welfare of the animals but wonderfully free of the PETA/animal rights influence evident in so many books regarding the care of animals.
"Cheers to Karen Patry for publishing such a useful book!" (Amazon Reviewer 'PhDinAK,' 7/30/2017)
"Just wanted to tell you I love love love your book! "It is my rabbit Bible. Seriously. As soon as I found it, I put all other books down. The questions and answers made it so simple to learn. You get right to the point. Thank you so much!" (Lynette, CA)
"I have several books on rabbits. "This was the last one I purchased. If I had seen this book before purchasing the others, I would have only needed this one!" (Kelli, CO)
Are you a grizzled, long-time rabbit breeder with as much understanding of rabbits as anyone?
The rabbits of even the most experienced breeders eventually face health challenges (what was that Albon dosage again?). ALL rabbit owners and breeders can use the tips, reminders, and a ready reference all in one volume.
"We were so excited to get our copy of The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver. The writing style is delightfully conversational, and makes for a pleasant read. My 11-year-old wanted to read the book right away, and was reading me bits of it in the car on the way home this evening, saying, 'I loved the way she worded that!'" (Angela, WA)
"It's handy being able to flip through the book as a 'what-am-I-missing' list. My rabbits have had some digestive issues on and off. There are no vets in this area that know rabbits, but I wanted to do more than just feed hay and wait and hope. Thanks again for the details in it." (Jan, AL)
"Rabbit Raising Problem Solver was recommended to us by a 4H leader and mentor. It has been such an invaluable resource that I had to buy a second copy when the kids lost the first one. It is easy to locate info using the question-and-answer format. When something weird pops up I can quickly find that section and read the answers. Easy to understand and very straightforward and honest. I tell all of our buyers to purchase this book if they can only buy one." (Dawn, MA)
The wild nature of rabbits, and
how their instincts carry over to their lives as domestic rabbits. If you
know how rabbits act and think in the wild, it will help you understand
your domestic rabbit's behavior in your home or your rabbitry.
The rabbit as a pet, including the
needs of pet rabbits, choosing a pet rabbit, types of toys, the litter box
and litter box training, taking care of pet rabbits, whether they are
house rabbits or the kits' pets out in the hutch under the oak tree. Much more help for pet owners is found throughout this book, and not in this chapter only.
The rabbit with a purpose. Many
people are interested in the business side of raising rabbits. This chapter
includes info on show, meat, fur, or fiber rabbits, including a few
questions on genetics and managing your rabbitry.
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver delivers Immediate Answers
There is nothing as comforting as having in your hand reliable answers to pressing rabbit situations or emergencies at the very moment when the questions arise.
"Great, informative book! I was told to purchase this
book by 2 of my friends who have rabbits. Very informative and easy read.
Covers a lot of information without being overwhelming. Saves me from having to
use Google to find answers to simple things!" (Amazon Reviewer Shopaholic, 9/3/2015)
"Ordered Two! This book was a gift for
our granddaughter who raises rabbits for profit and she has increased her
business at 9 years old to supply local markets! We rescued two bunnies...and so WE needed the information too. Both are large, friendly pets that benefited from the advice we attribute to this informative book." (Amazon Reviewer LS Shopper, 6/28/2018)
"Super Helpful. Most helpful book on rabbits I've read yet. Got it from the library and
then, when finished, had to purchase one myself. (Amazon Reviewer RJ Conte, 6/15/2019)
Part 2: Basic Care of Rabbits: Housing and
4 and 5: Housing and Feeding Rabbits.
Housing solutions include both hard floors, hutches, and all-wire, including the
advantages and drawbacks for each option.
Feeding can be quite controversial in some circles, but once you understand the
basic nutritional needs for both adults and even the little kits, a lot of that
controversy goes away.
Part 3: Making more Rabbits: Breeding,
Chapters 6 - 9:
Rabbits do what rabbits do best -
multiply. These chapters are all about the entire breeding cycle:
mating, pregnancy, kindling, newborn kit care, and weaning. And as you can
imagine, there are a LOT of things that can go wrong. We've got the answers in these four chapters.
Part 4: In Sickness and in Health:
Illness and Injury
In Part 4, we broke with the Q&A format in order to
give you just about as comprehensive a section on rabbit health and common
(and uncommon) diseases as one can get without buying a book on veterinary
Many rabbit owners around the globe have no access to a vet. And even in
the USA, many wonderful cat and dog vets are unfamiliar with the health
needs of a rabbit, a prey animal with a digestive system that is
completely different from those of dogs and cats.
Due to the extensive and
detailed information here, you may be able to cope with and overcome many
health crises. But please don't think you must manage alone. If you have
access to a rabbit-savvy vet, please do obtain his or her help when needed.
Raising Problem Solver contains:
of answers to your questions, plus
A list of additional
resources, clubs and services valuable to rabbit breeders, plus
A full Index that will help you easily and quickly locate the information you need.
"This is a fantastic resource. Whether you plan to breed
rabbits or just have one as a pet, this book is a fantastic resource. It
answers so many questions, and gives advice on how to help your rabbit get to
know his/her new home as well as you. I love this book." (Amazon Reviewer Heather Cowley, 2/15/2018)
Our visitors here at Raising Rabbits have been checking in with us for years when various problems have arisen. It's been fun answering your questions, both by private email, over Facebook, and through our interactive comment forms found on certain pages on this website.
But eventually, along with your individual unique quandaries, various questions came around again and again.
"Is my rabbit pregnant?" was a common question,
followed quickly by, “If so, now what do I do?” Questions about housing
rabbits, about all sorts of health challenges, and about the gamut of breeding,
kindling, taking care of the kits and orphan care were also very frequently
Apparently the already available books, which present the basics very well,
were not adequately answering the more specific rabbit care questions that rabbit
owners and breeders run into nearly every day.
These rabbit owners and breeders needed a more specific resource that would be far more likely to answer their specific questions.
Storey Publishing - my FIRST choice for a publisher - got wind of
my ideas for a book back in December, 2011, and liked what they heard. By March, 2012,
I was immersed in manuscript deadlines.
The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver was published on May 6, 2014. Storey
Publishing did an AMAZING job, as usual! It is available in both softback and electronic (Kindle).
Once you’ve obtained your own copy of
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver, you’ll be able quickly to “problem-solve” most any issue with your rabbits, and even help other rabbit breeders with their questions.
"This book is
awesome. For the money you will not find a better book that will
answer all your rabbit questions. Glad I bought it." (Amazon Reviewer Donald Smith, 5/14/2015)
"I would like to personally thank Karen Patry for this
book. Her book opened my eyes and cleared up some issues I had in my rabbit farm." (Amazon Reviewer Andrew Russell, 12/11/2016)
"I LOVE the illustrations! They're so perfect" (Karen Sez)
"For 30 years, Storey Publishing has been helping readers practice creative self-reliance.
"Self-reliant doesn’t mean doing everything all on one’s own, but
having the confidence to get out there and learn what it takes to get
"From the first days in an old creamery in Charlotte, Vermont, Storey has
stayed true to the original purpose: to provide dependable,
nuts-and-bolts advice in affordable and attractive formats. Now located
in the MASS MoCA complex in North Adams, Massachusetts, Storey has sold
more than 49 million books to date and has more than 600 active titles,
103 of which have sold more than 100,000 copies.
"Storey publishes classics in the making...."
Out Here magazine says:
Storey’s “best-selling books . . . provide
nuts-and-bolts, practical, and most importantly, dependable advice on
raising livestock, growing a garden, home renovation, cooking, and
well-being. That’s why, at Storey, experts write the books. And experts
edit the books.”
In 2004, Storey was awarded the 2004 NEIBA New England Book Award for Publishing because:
“Whether the subject is keeping chickens, or
knitting, you don’t have to be an expert on the topic to recommend a
Storey title. The information will be correct, the presentation
pleasing, the directions clear and the price reasonable.”
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver, and find the answers you need before you need them.
Because in the rabbit world where a situation might turn catastrophic in a heartbeat, you may not have time to place a book order and then wait for even an overnight shipment.
"I finished the book…it is so good! You touch all the bases and you cover everything from medical technical to hands-on-the-rabbits fun and funny - really, very well done, just right and so real. You write like you are talking to a person, not just to the ‘reader.’ I do not know many folks who can sit down to read a how-to, inform-me kind of book, and when they are through, be smiling, and better informed and also to have had a couple laughs and smiles along the way, as I did" (Belinda, WA)
"This is a great book. Rather than going by the
same vomit that is regurgitated on the internet without any basis, this book
takes a hard look at what will and will not work for rabbit raising. It has
answered such questions as:
"'In 10 or 12 weeks,
some of those kits will end up in the freezer. How the heck does one transition
from a caretaker to a life taker and then back again?
cloth. It’s cheap and tempting and your local raccoons and coyotes really hope
you’ll use it for the floor of your hutches, especially fastened to wood with
flimsy staples. Should I use it?
"I would definitely purchase this book if
rabbit ranching is on your horizon. (Amazon Reviewer D. Crane, 6/17/2015)
Purchase Together: Two Premier Books for Rabbit Owners
Karen's Rabbit Raising Problem Solver and Bob Bennett's Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits (5th Edition), both published by Storey Publications, complement each other. Between both books, you'll find no stone unturned!
First Book: Learn the basics of raising rabbits from Bennett's "Best-selling Classic." This is the book that introduced me to raising rabbits years ago. The 5th edition is the newest one, presented in full color, and better than ever. It has earned a 4.6-star rating from 319 reviewers.
Per Amazon reviewer Quality Plus: "...A frank, clear, usable, and inspirational book on rabbits as livestock...It covers rabbits thoroughly enough including their breeds, feeding, care, and housing in a detail that would also be useful to owners of pet rabbits."
Second Book: Solve your rabbit raising problems with an autographed copy of Karen's Rabbit Raising Problem Solver. Besides complete answers and explanations of each problem and solution, a full section (83 pages - more than 1/4 of the book) is dedicated to health, and common and some uncommon diseases your rabbits might encounter. It has earned a 4.6-star rating from 164 reviewers.
Per Dawn in MA: "Rabbit Raising Problem Solver was recommended to us by a 4H leader and mentor. It has been such an invaluable resource that I had to buy a second copy when the kids lost the first one. It is easy to locate info using the question-and-answer format. When something weird pops up I can quickly find that section and read the answers. Easy to understand and very straightforward and honest. I tell all of our buyers to purchase this book if they can only buy one.
Per Amazon reviewer RS: "I have read MANY rabbit books and this one is my favorite. It can easily be used by both rabbit breeders and pet owners which I have never encountered in another rabbit book. It covers almost all aspects of owning one or more rabbits. Literally the ONLY things missing from this book are a complete list of plants that are toxic to rabbits and information on training your rabbits. It has a very in depth section on rabbit illnesses which is a must for any emergencies...."
Get them bothfor a flat, bottom-line price of $45.00 (WA residents subject to sales tax)
Price includes both books and all shipping and packaging!