How lucky you are. I would love to get hold of rabbits for meat, my mom loves rabbit and I just cannot find it anymore. Would love to surprise her with a bunny dinner. YummyMy husband raises rabbits for meat and he's been saving the fat for me in the freezer. Has anyone ever used it in soap before? If so, how did it behave? What qualities did you notice?
Do you raise them for your meat only or do you sell them? I was at the processing plant in Aurthur IL (Amish) getting my chickens processed. I thought it was for poultry only (FDA processing plant) but there was a man unloading at least 100 rabbits to be processed. I was surprised there was still a demand for rabbits. Where I get my chickens processed is a very good facility -- humane -- they have all the equipment to do it efficiently and quickly. Much better than trying to do it myself.Cmzaha, if I was near you I would gladly sell you some rabbits They are very good and we only raise ours on organic feed and occasional greens.
Thanks to all for their input!
We also have hives. With a name like "BeeButter" I thought you may have bees. I lost a hive a few years ago and was worried we would lose them all. Colony Collapse is such a problem -- they really should rename it to "GMO Annihilation". I get a little frustrated with my neighbor. I've asked politely to please inform me when he's spraying the fields, and I am on the official Watch List. Still, I am never informed so I can keep the bees in the hive for the day. I'm tempted to report his butt, but they are my neighbor and will always be my neighbor. If he gets his pesticide permit pulled for not providing me with that information I'm afraid it will be an all out war so I keep my mouth shut.Tbeck,
We have traded rabbit with friends for different things but we have not actually sold them. We only have 12 rabbits at the moment. My husband got into raising rabbits because the cost of organic meat in the stores is very expensive and we like knowing where our food comes from and how it's been treated. We also have chickens for eggs, guineas for tick control, and bees for honey.
I had a family of foxes move in during the winter, under the Crib. Everyone thinks "oh they are so cute." Well, sorry, not me. They would start their weird little high-pitched screechy barking in the middle of night and wake me up -- grrr. I didn't invite them to dinner everyday, all day. Then to keep me up all night was just ungrateful. I seriously considered a fur coat :lolno: . The 6 little babies were cute but who can afford to have their flock destroyed by rodents? I need my food. I get hungry, and that makes my needs greater. They sure don't mind killing for their food!!! The dogs have convinced them to move on to less stressful living conditions, thankfully.I heard guineas make great watch fowl. When I lived in TX, a friend had a few of them. He said they raised the alarm sooner than his dogs did when foxes and coyotes were wandering too close. (I wondered if he had a baby monitor in the chicken coop.)