Best way to Kill a Rabbit

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  1. pgrass101
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    pgrass101 Monkey++

    My wife and I have decided to start raising rabbits for food.

    Rabbits because we live in a small town and they are not considered livestock (chickens are)

    I need a discrete way to kill them so as not to let my neighbors know That I am sluaghtering our pet rabbits

    I thought about cutting the throat or a sub sonic .22 to the head.

    I've hunted rabbits but never sluaghted them

    Please help.
  2. BAT1
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    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    My aunt and uncle used to break their necks, or just hit them in the head. That was in 68 though. You don't have to shoot them. Rabbit's are low in fat like deer.
  3. Seacowboys
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    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    lethal injection?
  4. Tango3
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    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    I understand itcan be done by hand; bending the head backwards with the left hand (small finger toward the nose), grabing the rear feetwith theright and pulling upoquickly.
    I read this in a homesteading book somewhere.Never done it. Think 'I'd opt for hatchet/stump with a couple of nail to help hold the head and stretch the neck
  5. ozarkgoatman
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    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    Heres how I do it.

    If it's a frier (ie...young rabbit) take the hide feet in your left hand and hang it upside down. Then take your thumb and index finger and wrape them around the base of the skull right behind the ears. Give a sudden jerk and this will break their neck. Next chop their head off and butcher as normal.

    If it's a mature rabbit then it tends to be a bit harder to break the neck and you have a higher chance of it squeeling. I usally just grab the hinde feet like a frier and hang it upside down. Lay the head on a chopping block and hit it in the back of the head with a hammer, then chop the head off.

    OGM
  6. pgrass101
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    pgrass101 Monkey++

    Thanks OGM,

    We want to use the rabbit pellets as fertilizers in our small raised vetegable beds. Does anyone have plans for a hutch that as an easy way to collect the pellets?
  7. hacon1
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    If you use the hanging cages, you can attach a piece of corigated roofing to the bottom on one side and fix it so that it slopes downward. Most everything will slide off and into a pile or container for easy clean up.

    I suggest that you purchase, "Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits". It's a great book that tells you everything you need to know about raising rabbits. Price ranges from $15-$20. You will referance it frequently when you first get started. I found it very helpfull.

    Good luck!
  8. Blackjack
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    A sharp blow with a solid object (like pipe) to the rear and base of the skull. That's why it's called a "rabbit punch".
  9. slots
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  10. Rancher
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    Rancher Specialist

    I hold the rabbit upside down by its rear legs and strike the back of the head with an eighteen inch length of 3/4" steel pipe.
    Quick clean and quiet.

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