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Rabbit prices are like those of anything else for sale. They rise and fall with demand. They vary by region. But because we’re dealing with live animals, rabbit prices can be extremely, extremely subjective. Every breeder has his or her own philosophy for pricing rabbits, and what you get from one seller may be entirely different from the next. That said, this writer has been watching prices for over a decade, and here’s what I’ve seen:
Pet Rabbit Prices
Pet rabbit prices vary more than any other type. You will find a backyard breeder selling bunnies for $10. Drive into town, and you will find a pet shop selling bunnies of the same size, age, and color for up to $200. Most pet store prices seem to be between $40 and $70. If you buy a pet quality rabbit from a show breeder, you should expect to pay from $15 to $50. Some show breeders will price pets low in order to get rid of them; others will price them high in an attempt to find them good homes. If you are a show breeder looking to sell your culls as pets, don’t be shy to price them at $40 or $50. In general, if a buyer cannot afford this much for the rabbit, they probably cannot afford to take care of it either. Some breeders add $10 to $20 to a pet rabbit’s price if they include the pedigree, because the pedigree allows the buyer use it as a show or breeding animal rather than just a pet. However, many breeders consider this unfair.
If you are selling rabbits to a pet shop for resale, don’t expect to get a lot for them. Pet shops need to make a profit and will rarely give you more than $15 for pets. $5-10 is more common. Remember, if you sell more than $500 worth of rabbits to a pet shop annually, you need to have a license from the USDA. If you sell directly to an owner, you don’t need to worry about this cap.
Show Rabbit Prices
A decent show rabbit costs about $50. This is fairly standard across all rabbit breeds. A $50 show rabbit won’t probably be a Best of Breed winner, and almost certainly won’t take Best in Show. But it will likely add something valuable to your herd and produce better bunnies in the breeding pen. The top show animals vary more by breed. In general, the more popular the breed, the costlier the top show bunnies will go for. Holland Lops and Mini Rex from nationally-ranked lines commonly sell for $250 each, or more.
But here’s a word of wisdom: the best rabbits are free. I’ve purchased some show expensive bunnies. The ones I paid $70-$100 for, I got about that much out of them. They definitely added some good qualities to my herd. The ones I paid $200 for turned out to be duds. But the rabbits that had the greatest impact on my herd, the ones that propelled it from average to national quality, were the rabbits that my mentors gave me free out of the kindness of their heart. That, or the rabbits I traded with other good breeders. You can do yourself and a friend a lot of good by making a fair trade.
Meat Rabbit Prices
Meat rabbit prices fluctuate, of course, but are more standard across the country than show or pet prices. A processor that buys live animals will usually pay $1.00 to $1.50 per pound. Dressed and processed rabbit meat currently goes for $6 to $7 per pound. Expect this price to go up as more people discover the amazing health benefits of rabbit meat. Commercial producers are already struggling to keep up with the demand.
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