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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rabbits for food

So last weekend we did our rabbit dressing. Five rabbits yielded about 14-18lbs dressed.

Before we started I had to get prepared as it has been a while since I did this. Also, it took me a long time the last time. I turned to the internet because I have loaned out both of the books I would normally turn to.

There is such a wealth of information on the net that I cannot imagine being without this resource.

After watching a few videos and reading up on tanning, I decided I had a good idea how to make things easier for myself.

I had been using an old method of killing the rabbits; placing a broom handle over the backs of their necks and pulling up with their hind legs. Effective but difficult and cumbersome. So, I made a tool:

Link

The Wrabbit Wringer

I slide their neck in there (head above the tines) and just pull. Easier and faster.

I also found a video on paunching and skinning that reduced the process to about 5-10 minutes per bunny. This was quite a bit faster than the 20-30 it was taking me the last time.

If anyone is thinking about raising rabbits for food, definitely watch the video linked above.

Hopefully I can find more time to write again. It makes me feel good to share my experiences, even if nobody sees them, just writing them down feels good.