Pull firmly until you can feel the neck bones disarticulate. A broomstick or other straight pole is placed on the That’s why we place it at #3. I cut until I feel the knife brush the bone. And who doesn’t like bacon? Second, place a broomstick across the rabbit’s The intestinal tract and lungs are normally removed. rabbit is pulled upward at 90 degrees by its hind legs. generous V. If you need to, nudge the ears a bit more forward. 2. These hormones negatively affect the flavor of the rabbit meat, and will toughen the meat. See picture above left. This is called cervical dislocation. Subscribe to  Rabbit Rhythms, our e-newsletter ! Smaller fryer rabbits can be gripped at the loin. In a minute or so, the rabbit will be dead, and entering death throes. Click the Rabbitry Name Links for all the details: rabbit news, husbandry and health tips mostly every month. Wash the carcass with clean, cold water to remove hair and any other soil or debris, and store it at a cold temperature. After dislocation or stunning, the rabbit is hung by one of the hind legs above the hock joint. Despite this fact, our butcher does not utilize this method, possibly because it doesn’t result in instant death. The first method is achieved by holding the rabbit and then hitting the rabbit on the back of the head with a blunt object. Remove the carcass from the hanger and cut off the rear feet at the hock joints. I have seen and used a “Killing Board” this was a board with a V cut in it. Finish by trimming sinew, fat and silveskin off next, the hind legs they can be a full 40% of a gutted carcass’ weight. Place a sturdy broomstick type of rod of wood or metal behind the ears over the rabbit’s neck. This is called cervical dislocation. The blow by itself disarticulates the neck resulting in death. Immediately cut the head off. As for slaughter, I’m the outlier and use a different method that is considerably more dangerous, but ensures a good bleedout, is humane, keeps the rabbit calm throughout, and doesn’t bruise the meat. I think it is very important for you to take good care of your rabbits, and even when it comes time to butcher them they need to be handled humanely. Fourth, almost simultaneously: step on the We have selected our affiliate products carefully with the purpose of improving your experience, both on the Raising-Rabbits website, and in the ease of the care you provide your rabbits. Third, step on one side of the broomstick. Once you’ve done both legs, you are left with the loin You’re now ready to portion the loin. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Bookmark the permalink. Tools needed for dispatch: metal rebar post, kitchen sheers, hand pruners, a paring knife, and a large knife (not shown) to remove the head. Dressed rabbits may be packaged whole or can be cut into parts. After the head, forefeet and skin are removed, the carcass, while still hanging, is opened to remove the innards. It's easy - we only need your email address, then hit the 'subscribe' button. Remove the tail and pull the skin down and forward over the body(like taking of a sweater). Then slice around the back leg with your knife to free it from the carcass. This method is called the “broomstick method.” Basically, you lay the rabbit down on the ground, and put a bar across the back of the neck stepping down on either end of the bar, with a swift motion, you pull up on the hind legs, dislocating (breaking) the neck of the rabbit. 3 Comments. Purchases from our affiliates come at no extra cost to you. Broomsticks can break and often bruise the shoulder because they are too wide. Second, place a broomstick across the rabbit’s neck. Your last step is to chop the loin into serving pieces. Get  rabbit news, husbandry and health tips mostly every month. lights-out for the rabbit. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It is certain that the end of a domestic meat We use a 1/2" metal rebar fence post that we purchased at Tractor supply. Since God declares Himself to be loving in nature ("God is love" 1 John 4:8), and since God frowns on cruelty to animals (Exodus 23:4, 12, Deuteronomy 22:1, Proverbs 12:10, to name a few among many passages), we believe that this method probably results in far less stress to the animals than we would tend to assume. I love Doc Survivals rabbit videos on You tube! Rabbits for Sale in NJ (New Jersey) - Find New Jersey rabbit breeders in your local area in New Jersey that raise your chosen rabbit breeds, Rabbit Genetics - dominant and recessive trait inheritance principles applying equally to rabbit coat color genetics and other genetic traits. Posted on April 10, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged broomstick method, Butcher, kidney, liver, rabbit meat, Slaughter. To cut up a rabbit you need a very sharp knife and have a clean towel handy to wipe your hands, and a bowl for trimmings. Nevertheless, there must be some reason why the Good Book mandates it. ( Log Out /  down. ( Log Out /  * Affiliate Links: We use affiliate links (including Amazon.com links) to help keep the use of this website completely free of charge to you. It is also called the "broomstick method", however, we do not recommend using a broomstick. Strike the rabbit a sharp blow to the It's easy - we only need your email address, then hit the 'subscribe' button. Fifth, cut off the rabbit’s head through the In this video I will show you how to do a cervical dislocation on a chicken, using the broomstick method. Send us your country, city, and area code to obtain a shipping quote. Others use a high powered pellet gun or a 22cal pistol or rifle. Basic butcher station set-up. Rabbit Classifieds: This free, 30 day classified ad service lets you list your rabbit for sale or your interest for purchasing a rabbit. I suggest going through the motions with a butter knife to get the rabbit holding technique before trying it with a sharp knife. Available in a great assortment of colors! Start on the underside and slice gently along the pelvis bones until you get to the ball-and-socket joint. This is the method of killing that the Bible specifies. Change ). Click the Rabbitry Name Links for all the details: Breadbox Rabbitry Netherland Dwarfs in NC, Provisions 134 Rabbitry Giant Angora Rabbits in MA. Liver, kidneys, and heart can be put aside to use or freeze. Killing Rabbits with the Broomstick Method First, place the rabbit on the ground in front of a handful of alfalfa hay or other treat. Do not hold dressed carcasses for any length of time in water as they absorb excess moisture which becomes considered as a contaminant. have an old one in my barn will see if I can get the measurements for you. I use a butcher’s steel between every kill to make sure my knife didn’t dull when it hit bone on the last rabbit. A sharp blow to the base of the head, done correctly, results in instant death. I use a short piece of re-bar, which seemed to work very well. If you have trouble cutting through a joint in the neck bones, you can disarticulate the neck with the same motion utilized in the broomstick method, and then cut the head off. Hold the rabbit’s back legs and lift up so the … Place the rabbit on the ground. other side of the broomstick, and then pull the rabbit’s body upward by the When you do, grasp either end firmly and bend it back to pop the joint. Enjoy! We are also in the process of putting together an online Rabbit Processing Course. will feel like a give and a stretch. This method is called the “broomstick method.” Basically, you lay the rabbit down on the ground, and put a bar across the back of the neck stepping down on either end of the bar, with a swift motion, you pull up on the hind legs, dislocating (breaking) the neck of the rabbit. front of a handful of alfalfa hay or other treat. Just use good aim and do not hit your hand. Now you grab your kitchen shears and snip off the ribs, right at the line where the meat of the loin starts. running, hiding, dodging, getting caught and then ripped limb from limb while still complete the rabbit slaughter and cleaning. (This is commonly done to trim nails and do other stuff on rabbits) Then, while holding it in that position, slit the side of the throat on one or both sides with a longish, very sharp knife. Cervical dislocation works equally well for rabbits and chickens. We consider the Fatal Blow to be very humane, however there is more room for operator error, in our opinion. The broomstick secures the rabbit’s head on the ground while the This belly flap becomes a boneless tidbit in whatever dish you are making. Slide your knife up from underneath, along the ribs, and slice through. I then bend the whole thing backwards and finish the cut with the boning knife. When you get to the ribcage, you fillet the meat off the ribs, as far as you can go, which is usually where the front leg used to be. The process is very In their reality, they simply went to sleep. I have used two basic processes for slaughtering rabbits. Next comes the belly. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. down, will form a V with the ears, which will be alertly forward.