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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

Rabbits are widely considered to be one of the most generous meat returns for grass inputs.  

But to harness their great reproductive power for your larder, you must know how to harvest them safely, efficiently, and humanely.  

Here's one write-up depicting three humane methods of slaughter: https://www.raising-rabbits.com/killing-rabbits.html

Here's another good step-by-step: https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-method-to-butchering-Rabbits/

And one more: https://morningchores.com/how-to-butcher-a-rabbit/

If you still want more information, choose your favorite search engine and go to town.

For this BB, you need to process 1 rabbit for meat and provide documentation in the form of pictures or video.
Requirements are:
-1 Live Rabbit
-Killed in a humane manner
-Processed and either prepared or properly stored within an hour

To document your completion, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
-Living rabbit.
-Rabbit after slaughter, depicting the method used.
-Rabbit ready for cooking or freezing/preservation for a later date.
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I get to go first! You'll see from my picture my current preferred method of dispatch, choke chain. I've tried a couple other ways and I'm very satisfied with this one. To make the loop I tied a bowline (https://www.animatedknots.com/bowline-knot) to each end and looped the rope through to anchor above and below, around the rabbit. Use more rope than you think you need. You can always shorten if it's too long, but standing on tippy toes to get the rabbit in isn't fun.

I would like to submit this video for the Wiki. It really helped me improve my process. From picking up the rabbit to getting the next it takes me 12 minutes.


I did 9 rabbits yesterday. It got hot and I had other chores to do so I stopped for the day. I don't know if the intent of the requested proof is to show a dead rabbit hanging upside down but I chose to not take a picture of that. If it is required, I have others I still need to process, but I would prefer not to.
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Cleaned rabbit on ice
Staff note (jordan barton) :

yep you are missing this part of the requirements.

-Rabbit after slaughter, depicting the method used.

 
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Rabbit harvest.

I like this method of dispatch best as it doesn't require much upper body strength and I have a 100% success rate for one pull dispatch.

I don't handle my rabbits much (they're for food) so he's a little wiggly about getting into position.

Also, I always tap the cornea (eye ball) as soon as I finish to make sure that the animal is fully "gone". No blink reflex when you tap means they're dead not just paralyzed or stunned.

Normally, I also don't just let them thrash around but since I was filming by myself, I let him go to turn off the camera.

Link to dispatching video

https://youtu.be/iWsec_Ss1F0
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Cleaned and ready for the pot
Cleaned and ready for the pot
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I certify this BB complete!

 
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Collecting some badges. Hoo boy. Lets see if I have all 3 on the same rabbit. I think these all connect well enough.

Ok, so this is a litter from a long while ago, mom was a tricolor Flemmish giant mix, da was a NZW, and this is 3 litters co-habitating in a 4x4 cage.

We process our rabbits using Cervical Dislocation, AKA broomsticking. It's just easiest and fast. Here is a rabbit hanging after using CD. This rabbit is an adult in this photo - long after the initial litter pictures were taken. He was designated a breeding buck, but never sired any litters that we kept any kits from due to aggression so we don't have adult pictures of him.

Well, I don't have more pictures of him, specifically. But I do know he went into this batch of sausages we made! I hope that counts!
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