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Older they are, more difficult to skin.
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Posted: 11/2/2011 5:20:52 PM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Because wabbits are cute.

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Posted: 11/3/2011 2:03:45 AM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Your daughter sounds pretty cool

And can't the fur be used to make warm clothing?
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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:33:10 AM EST
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I had a great conversation with the future wife about rabbits.

Me: I think we should get some rabbits.
Her: (Excited!!!) What kind? The ones with the floppy ears?
Me: Whatever kind tastes better.
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Now if we do get rabbits, it has to be that we give the "extras" away for pets and that we will only eat them if the SHTF and we are starving.

Didn't know she had them as pets when she was a kid. FML

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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:36:08 AM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Because wabbits are cute.
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Sure they're cute. They're also made out of delicious meat. His "heartless monsters" know that and enjoy the meals the rabbits provide(and that they help prepare)
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Looks like dinner.
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Could you cut off the ears and deep fry them?
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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:43:16 AM EST
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It's a rabbit. They all taste like one.


This. Rabbits is rabbits.

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I would tan the hides and make man purses.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:57:58 AM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


I have always thought Rabbits would be my hard times animal to raise. They are much easier to clean and process to me. I like them barbqued.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 5:05:20 AM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Because wabbits are cute.
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I'm glad that you are proud of your heartless monsters.

Next time you put on any leather or eat a big mac, eggs, or bacon just remember you killed an animal you Heartless monster. You killed a fuckin animal just as sure as you hit them in the head with a sledge hammer you heartless monster.
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I would tan the hides and make man purses.


Better yet-bunny fur loincloth!
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Originally Posted By acpchuck:
Originally Posted By RJGatling:
Originally Posted By acpchuck:
My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Because wabbits are cute.
http://www.boingboing.net/images/yetiduck.jpg
I'm glad that you are proud of your heartless monsters.

Next time you put on any leather or eat a big mac, eggs, or bacon just remember you killed an animal you Heartless monster. You killed a fuckin animal just as sure as you hit them in the head with a sledge hammer you heartless monster.


LMFAO
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Posted: 11/3/2011 10:34:26 AM EST
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Because wabbits are cute.
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I'm glad that you are proud of your heartless monsters.

Next time you put on any leather or eat a big mac, eggs, or bacon just remember you killed an animal you Heartless monster. You killed a fuckin animal just as sure as you hit them in the head with a sledge hammer you heartless monster.


But they're not cute, so that's ok.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 10:35:19 AM EST
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I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!

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(I know, I know, this one is a German Giant. All the giants are pretty much the same.)
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Posted: 11/3/2011 10:38:09 AM EST
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I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!


Nyah... What's up, Doc?
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This woman is about to get mauled:

Unless she's drugged the daylights out of that killer.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 10:41:32 AM EST
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This woman is about to get mauled:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3274/2950361234_ecbe3ec2e0.jpg
Unless she's drugged the daylights out of that killer.


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Posted: 11/3/2011 10:42:11 AM EST
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There's an add in the local paper for Free Lop Ear Rabbits. I'm thinking it could fill the freezer, assuming they're any good.

You must be mathematically challenged. Rabbits multiply.
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I raise and sell about 1000 meat rabbits each year. They are cute but, are mighty tasty and fairly profitable.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:02:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By IndustrialRescue:
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Originally Posted By shack357:
I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!


Nyah... What's up, Doc?


It's wabbit season.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:03:07 AM EST
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This woman is about to get mauled:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3274/2950361234_ecbe3ec2e0.jpg
Unless she's drugged the daylights out of that killer.


Holy shit


No, they're more like little brown ball bearings. That one's a Flemish, BTW.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:13:49 AM EST
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I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!

ETA: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/giant-rabbit3.jpg
(I know, I know, this one is a German Giant. All the giants are pretty much the same.)


They get that big in the swamps. No joke.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:18:34 AM EST
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Originally Posted By RJGatling:
Originally Posted By shack357:
I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!

ETA: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/giant-rabbit3.jpg
(I know, I know, this one is a German Giant. All the giants are pretty much the same.)


They get that big in the swamps. No joke.


Fucker must be upward of 50 pounds!
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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:34:11 AM EST
Originally Posted By VBC:
Originally Posted By RJGatling:
Originally Posted By shack357:
I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!

ETA: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/images/giant-rabbit3.jpg
(I know, I know, this one is a German Giant. All the giants are pretty much the same.)


They get that big in the swamps. No joke.


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Posted: 11/3/2011 11:36:49 AM EST
I've eaten plenty of hutch rabbits. Fry them like you would a chicken, with mashed potatoes and rabbit gravy. You'll throw fried chicken out and keep the fried rabbit.
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This thread is makin' me hungry!

IndustrialRescue, which paper?
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Posted: 11/3/2011 4:13:52 PM EST
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This thread is makin' me hungry!

IndustrialRescue, which paper?


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Originally Posted By RJGatling:
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Because wabbits are cute.
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I'm glad that you are proud of your heartless monsters.


Well if you want to judge my kids based on one comment, help yourself. I have tought them to use more critical thinking skills than you seem to posses.
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Originally Posted By acpchuck:
Originally Posted By RJGatling:
Originally Posted By acpchuck:
My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Your daughter sounds pretty cool

And can't the fur be used to make warm clothing?


Fur from Rex rabbits is very plush and can be made into lots of stuff. Problem is you have to raise the rabbits to be about 10 months old for the fur to be prime. 10 months is about 7 months too much for the best meat quality so one has to decide if they want the best meat or the best fur.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 5:22:39 PM EST
I raised rabbits for several years until the wild dogs around here got to be too much of a problem. Most of the ones I had were ones I could get for free, so several were lop ears. They taste just as good as any of the others. The ones I had didn't grow as fast as some of the other breeds, but I would just give them a little more time or deal with less meat. The best breed that I found are the ones that are mostly white with black spots. I can't remember the name of the breed right now. They grow really quickly.
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Posted: 11/3/2011 5:39:51 PM EST
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My wife raises rabbits to sell for show, 4H and pets. Not all make the grade as far as show quality so we have periodic population reductions. Rabbits 12 weeks old or less are really tender and you can cook them like chicken. The older rabbits are much tougher. We bone them out and then grind the meat. I would guess that I butcher 250+ rabbits a year. Butchered around Labor Day and ended up with almost 100 lbs of ground meat. Nice to be able to grow your own meat that is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in protein than about any other meat you can get.




Really? Why? Unless someone is a vegetarian what difference does it make if rabbits are eaten? You are aware (probably not) that more rabbit is eaten in Europe than chicken? In WW II many families were kept in meat by raising their own rabbits because they were easy to care for, low cost and reproduced rapidly.

My kids don't have a problem with this and help with the butchering. No different than helping clean fish that have been caught. One time my daughter went out to feed the rabbits, came back in the house shortly after holding her hand. She had been bitten and was bleeding a little. My wife asked which one and the daughter told her. Wife said she planned on selling that one soon. My daughter's response was "No, let's make sausage out of her".


Your daughter sounds pretty cool

And can't the fur be used to make warm clothing?


Fur from Rex rabbits is very plush and can be made into lots of stuff. Problem is you have to raise the rabbits to be about 10 months old for the fur to be prime. 10 months is about 7 months too much for the best meat quality so one has to decide if they want the best meat or the best fur.


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I want a Flemish Giant. Told my wife its name will be Lepus. Then I showed her how big they are.


Hug him and squeeze him and name him George!

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(I know, I know, this one is a German Giant. All the giants are pretty much the same.)


They get that big in the swamps. No joke.


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I'll ask my anaconda.
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Posted: 11/4/2011 11:39:59 AM EST
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I raise and sell about 1000 meat rabbits each year. They are cute but, are mighty tasty and fairly profitable.


Which variety? NZ Whites, one of the giants?
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I'm in need of a cute fix.



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Posted: 11/10/2011 4:04:35 PM EST
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OP, you're a genius. I'm going to do this from now on.


No doubt .

They're easy to raise , so if they tasted yummy . . .. continue to breed and eat

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There's an add in the local paper for Free Lop Ear Rabbits. I'm thinking it could fill the freezer, assuming they're any good.


Girl I work with put up a "free to good home" bulletin at work, for her pet lop ear rabbit. I promptly put printed out and placed next to every bulletin the recipe for Hasenffefer. She was not amused.


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Posted: 11/10/2011 4:15:30 PM EST
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Yep. I had one as a pet when I was 10. It bit me so we ate it.


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Where can I learn more about preparing and cooking rabbits?
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Posted: 11/10/2011 4:24:49 PM EST
LOL, we raise quite a few rabbits, eat about 100 per year, mostly NZs and Calis, but have been known to eat any and all breeds, including lil old lionheads.

And you know what? They ALL are good eatin'.
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Posted: 11/10/2011 4:24:49 PM EST
we ate the shit out of a bunch of "pet" type rabbits. They arent as good as wild cotten tails but they were damn tasty. stewed up some of them and we marinated and roasted a couple. Atleast one of them was one of the grey floppy eared ones.
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All rabbits are good to eat, except some range fed Jack Rabbits; depending on what they eat, they can have a foul taste and you have to cook them more as the meat can be stringie.

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Posted: 11/11/2011 6:22:09 AM EST
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we ate the shit out of a bunch of "pet" type rabbits. They arent as good as wild cotten tails but they were damn tasty. stewed up some of them and we marinated and roasted a couple. Atleast one of them was one of the grey floppy eared ones.


Well, I would prefer to eat the rabbit meat, not the shit... but to each their own, I guess
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