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I took care of a friend’s rabbits a few months ago, and he gave me a couple of butchered rabbits. He said they were past fryer size but still young. They had a mineral/metallic  taste that I didn’t like too well. It’s been years since I’ve had wild rabbit, but really liked the flavor and don’t remember a mineral taste. Is this off taste caused by the type of feed? His rabbits were very healthy. I’ve been thinking that I might raise some rabbits if I liked the taste.
 
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My rabbits don't taste like that. Mine are either very plain or very gamey, if raised on forage. I don't care for rabbit but that flavor profile sounds way off
 
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Since you were helping care for them, maybe post what he was feeding them? Diet can change meat flavor a lot.

What about the water, was that highly mineral/metallic?

Do you know if he was giving them supplements?

Another and likely possibility is the butchering of the animal. Often times that can change the flavor drastically depending on how it is done. A metallic flavor sounds sort of like too much blood in the carcass. That can give it an iron flavor.

Or of course if the dispatch was botched and the animal stressed it could be an adrenaline taint. Though it doesn't sound like that to me. Though it has been a long time since I have had adrenaline tainted meat, so could be wrong there.
 
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I agree about the blood. Also, maybe they were in wire cages and licked them often? Sounds strange but maybe that changed the meat
 
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I forgot to put this in my 1st post.

You had thought maybe you would raise rabbits if you liked the taste. What you describe is not the normal favor of rabbit.

So to get a better idea if you like the taste or not, I would suggest you try finding a butcher or farmer who has good rabbit that you can give a try. Then go from there. If you like the taste, make sure to learn best methods for feeding them, humanely dispatching them, and butchering them. Good thing your already on permies where you can learn these things from people who are very knowledgeable. So your a step ahead of most folks thinking about raising rabbits.
 
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I raised rabbits in cages for a couple of years and I never had anything like you describe.  I found they taste very good.  I fed them on a good quality hay pellet with supplements of greens and ACV in the water.  
 
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