5/22/13

Roasted Rabbit..Almost

"Hey Janine, I have an idea!" 
Uh oh! What now Farmer Rocky
"Let's teach our kids responsibility by having them raise rabbits."
Sure! Why not? 
I will tell you why not with just two little words: dead rabbits.

Turns out they don't like Oklahoma summers. They really do need water. And chances are if you bring a breeding buck to my place, it is gonna die. Perhaps gently, perhaps a little more violently. 

Try, try again we did. And Ruby bunny got her self knocked up just after she turned psycho rabbit on us (think Holy Grail kind of psycho) and tried to bite off the hand that feeds her. Just try to convince an 11 year old boy to go do it. Not happening. Especially when he has to pass by mean old Rocky (the rooster, not the farmer) and his razor sharp talons to get to her. It is a dangerous world out there for a kid. Needless to say, Rocky rooster is in solitary confinement...fer um...fattening up! :) 


Ruby had her babies in just weeks. Daddy didn't make it. Big surprise there! Four of them lived, the other four were not so lucky (they were probably bucks.) The good news is, motherhood has mellowed dear Ruby out a bit, but we still kinda drop the food and run. 


Have you ever seen anything cuter? We are having so much fun with these babies. No animal at our home has ever had as much love as these four babies. But therein lies the problem. They are one day destined for the dinner table. At least that was the plan. Plans get derailed sometimes. Especially when you have a sleeping bunny on your chest! 

So, what to do? My mom told me that if you are going to be a farmer, you have to toughen up. I asked her why I don't recall actually eating rabbit after about the age of 7. 

Well duh! Because bunnies look like this, of course. I guess farmer ma and pa never quite developed skin thick enough to do bunny butchering on a long term basis. Needless to say, these four are not likely to grace our dinner table at any point in our lives. We will get tougher when the next batch is born. Right? Right? Chicken anyone?

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19 comments:

  1. Cute little wee ones! We have a soft spot for bunnies too. I don't think I could ever kill one for dinner. We have seen videos on how it's done and I'm pretty sure I can't do that! I'm not big on rabbit meat anyway. (Our mini bun is very glad to hear that.)

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  2. I am sure it is! My husband is certain he can do it. I will let him...while I am far, far away.

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  3. I can't eat rabbits because I had one for a pet, when I was younger, so carry on LOL.

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  4. I would have a hard time eating my own animal, but I do LOVE rabbit :)
    Karen

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  5. They are so cuuuuuuute! I used to have a pet bunny. I've never had rabbit in my life and I don't think I've had lamb either. But I did eat some venison once when my brother served it. I don't remember what it tasted like though.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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  6. I've been raising rabbits for about a year and a half. With each litter I tell myself, I'm not going to get attached, I'm not going to name them... 4 litters later I haven't eaten one. I tell people "I'd rather know where my meat is coming from and what it's been fed and that the animal was treated well." Just can't seem to follow through, if those babies weren't so cute...
    krista@ www.werefarfromnormal.com

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    1. Great! Sounds like it does not get any easier. Guess we will sell them instead!

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  7. Oh dear... we live in town and honestly, rabbits are the only thing we could raise. But. I cannot kill any-thing :( Growing up, I didn't have to, my brothers when hunting and brought back dead little animals that I promptly skinned out and turned into dinner.

    We get married, and turns out, hubby cannot kill any-thing either. I know we could raise bunnies, and if some-one else could do the mean part.... Oh well :)
    Enjoy your bunnies and know that you're not alone :)

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  8. Awe, they are so sweet! Sad that some didn't make it :( I am not a country girl myself, so I wouldn't be up to the task for killing any animal. They sure do make cute pets though :)

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

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  9. I was raised on a three acre parcel with cousins and grandparents. We raised animals: rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, goats and an occasional donkey and horse. With the exception of the horse and donkey we ate what we raised and never thought much about it.

    I had a pet rooster and rabbits. However they were always dispatched and we ate them.
    When I was first married we raised rabbits. I wasn't skilled at rabbit dispatching so my uncle came and took care of all of them for me. We dined well on our meager Navy pay.

    I found the best way to deal with the situation is with what a pastor's wife told me once. She said that the Lord gave us some animals to eat and we should be very kind to them. When it was time to dispatch them we should be skilled and swift so as not let them suffer. She also said that if they were frightened they would be tense which makes their meat not so tasty. If you raise them by hand and gentle them, they won't be tense when they are dispatched since they are used to being handled.

    If you are hungry you will eat most anything. Most of us in the USA today don't know that kind of hunger.

    Mrs. J.

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    1. And I pray we never will. But I would sure like to be prepard so that my family never does! Thanks for your comment. Gives me a lot to think about.

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  10. I raised rabbit for meat and butchered them myself. It was tough, but I did it and felt pretty good about being able to provide meat for the table. But we all prefer chicken, and they are easier to kill. :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-homeacre-hop-21.html

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    1. By yourself? Wow! I can cut up peaches and apricots, but not animals...yet.

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  11. I hear you! I barely eat poultry (and was vegetarian for 8 yrs and now don't eat red meat), so the thought putting down my own rabbits is too much for me!

    Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it :)

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  12. Thanks goodness you did not eat those cute fluffy rabbits. I was a bit reluctant to read your post this morning. Thanks goodness it ended well :) Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week :) Diane @MamalDiane

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    1. I always love a happy ending. Sorry to worry you! :)

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  13. Those bunnies are way too cute to eat! Actually, I have only ever eaten rabbit once, by mistake, in a paella in Spain. As soon as I tasted it, somehow I knew! Thank you for sharing your adventures in bunny raising with us at The Hearth and Soul hop.

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  14. I don't think I could do it either! Best of luck with the next batch though and thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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  15. AW! Very cute babies.
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/06/tuesdays-with-twist-9-party-time.html

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