BELGIAN HARES IN CONFINEMENT
IN CONFINEMENTóCan Belgian hares be raised in confinement?
I have raised them very satisfactorily. Out buck will serve about six does and the does will breed about twice a season having from six to twelve in a litter. Bucks should be kept away from does when they have young ones. They will dig holes in the ground for their little ones, but this may be stopped by laying wire netting and covering it with a few inches of dirt. They will then have them in their boxes. The hares should be fed and watered twice a day and about twice a month they should be given a little salt. Their pens should be cleaned once a month in the summer and often in winter. The pens should be covered with netting and on the sides the wire should be about one inch mesh to keep the young from crawling through. I got ten scents a pound live weight in my state; it just depends on the call for them. The meat is somewhat better than wild hares. I think there is pretty good profit in them if raised on a large scale, say keeping about 20-25 does.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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