Butchering my first meat rabbit

By | March 20, 2016

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Yesterday was the big day. I butchered my first meat rabbit. Luckily I had some moral support when a friend volunteered to come out to the ranch to help. He had never butchered a rabbit either, but we both wanted to learn and decided to muddle through it.

I had of course watched every You-Tube video I could find and read about butchering rabbit on the internet. So I thought I had a good handle on it. It went fairly well but there were a lot of lessons learned. Being a former Bio Sci and Animal Science/pre-vet student, this turned into more of a slow disection than quick butcher.  (Close friends in my past knew of my frozen horse hooves in numerous freezers that I used to become a more educated natural barefoot horse hoof trimmer).  The second rabbit we did went faster and we learned from our first mistakes so I suppose practice will make perfect.

I am torn between posting the graphic pictures and explaining all the graphic details. Most of my close friends and family who are my only current readers are already freaking out that I actually did butcher two of my meat rabbits. They didn’t think it would ever actually occur. Now that I just joined Facebook, I saw the comments they wrote when my friend posted pictures of the bunnies. They claimed I would never butcher the rabbits because they were too darn “cute”. Yes they are cute, but I wanted home grown meat fed on natural growing grass and weeds with supplementation by organic rabbit pellets with no GMOs and no soy nor corn. Not to mention I wanted my meat to be raised a lot more happy then crowded wire cages. The bunnies got to hop around and play with their buddies. They are now being turned into meat as they start to reach sexual maturity and starting to get territorial with their pen mates. They had a great childhood, it was time to “move on”…….into my belly. LOL

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Since this blog is supposed to be educational, I really should go into specifics, gory pics and all.  Should I do that on a second post with a ” graphic” warning?  I think I will wait for it to become “by popular demand”.  So if you think specifics and gory pics are needed, let me know in the reply comments below.

Author: WMH Cheryl

I am living off-off grid with horses, goats, chickens, meat rabbits, llamas, dogs and too many Feral cats. Learning things the hard way and hoping my mistakes may help you avoid them while we prep for the future with a goal of being self sufficient.

3 thoughts on “Butchering my first meat rabbit

  1. Cinderella

    LOL – I was actually telling Mark last night about the horse hooves I used to have in my freezer for you…
    Explaining in graphic detail is a good thing – educational. I think having a “graphic warning” blurb would be nice if gory photos are included in a post because some of us may be scarred for life with the vision stuck in their head.

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  2. MrFixitBR

    Graphic warning… then open the floodgates of detailed pics..!!

    Reply

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