life through a viewfinder

rabbits, their babies and maggots, oh my!

Posted in Uncategorized by Emily on June 5, 2008

Today’s feature hunt led to meeting Tom Clayton, who owns a bunny farm.


Clayton, who lives in McLean County, works part time as a security officer and owns “Rabbit City,” a barn that is home to nearly 300 rabbits of various shapes, colors, breeds and sizes. The bunnies raised at the farm are sold to processing farms and zoos, where they are slaughtered. Clayton said he owns approximately 80 does, which are bred when they are six months old. The does have up to 15 babies in about 30 days, and then are bred again in two weeks. Clayton said he sells his rabbits when they are about eight weeks old, and they typically weigh between five and six pounds. He said he can sell the rabbits for about $1.45 a pound.


“I never really did care if I made anything off the rabbits because really, it’s more of a hobby,” he said.


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  1. Christina said, on June 6, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Rabbit City!?!?! I want to go see!!

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