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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Meet our Meat Rabbits

The top two bays of the rabbit hutch

Yes, the title really did read rabbit. No, its no longer a popular meat here in the USA. However, for many years it was a dietary staple.
After getting chickens last year, my darling hubby decided we were also getting rabbits.

When I say decided I mean he started creating plans, figuring out where he was going to put them and then of course finding us local meat breeders willing to sell us a few young breeders!

Meet Stormy & Misty our Does

Zorro our Buck
My only chore is making sure they are fed, watered and then finding ways to cook them up!
This week we butchered our practice bunny. An adorable white bunny we had named Bonnie, until we realized that Bonnie was indeed Bubba.
I cooked rabbit for the first time! It turned out amazing! Here is a link to the recipe.

Now Zorro is only 13 weeks and the Does are only 7 so it will be several months until we can think about baby bunnies. For now we are going to finish building the bottom two bays of the hutch, Then build out the growing pen.

The wood for the hutch we received from a friend of ours, it used to be fencing but had been damaged. We were able to salvage much of the wood and create a beautiful hutch all at the same time.

For those interested, my husband and daughter are making a video of building the hutch. It will be posted to their blog in a few weeks when the bottom is completed.

As for us, we've been busy. We have several spring projects we are hard at work on and will be planting the cinder block garden this weekend. I already have lettuce growing and raspberries to plant!
Our chickens are all healthy, fine and laying! We got a full 9 eggs the other day so Spring is truly here!

Blessing to all, may your life be full!


Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Telisha .. I love that you are growing and raising a portion of the food for your meals. Knowing where one's food actually comes from is becoming more difficult the freshness unknown as to how long it was on trucks. My father was a small game hunter (rabbit, duck,geese,pheasant etc.) ... I remember my mother cleaning and preparing the meat. Sounds like its going to be a busy spring/summer around your home.. hugs, Celia

Telisha Garris said...

Where it comes from, what its been fed and that its healthy are all becoming questions I like answers from.
We started to save money but there are many other benefits - the taste was an amazing bonus!

Just Kerry said...

I also admire this.... even though I dont wanna eat thumper... I love the integrity behind raising and taking care of your own meat... there is something so honest about that.... and If I am ever starving... I am totally coming to your place :)

Telisha Garris said...

Kerry you are welcome and trust me people don't eat rabbit at fancy restaurants because they want to be "in" its cause its YUMMY! LOL

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

My pet rabbit (a Dutch Belted) was purchased from a local "rabbit meat" breeder back in the 1966. I didn't try rabbit until I had an Italian boyfriend whose mother raised meat rabbits. Now you can find it in our supermarkets meat department.

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