Over the last several months. I have shared my joy and fun at raising rabbits. I really have not shared the hard parts. There are hard parts to this and choices to be made.
One of the realities of growing your own meat is Butchering. Those of you raising your own meat, whatever that may be, are pretty aware of that. I have handled this process fairly welll with those rabbits
I have raised for that purpose. I have found , however, that the true commitment to this lies in the occasional necessity to cull one of your named breeding animals due to injury or illness. I was faced with this decision when my NZ doe got mastitis. I have gotten used to the support of processing animals in community so, doing this by myself was more of a mental challenge. Not to say I didn’t have offers of help, I did, but I felt it was important for me and the rabbit to do this together.
I still feel very strongly that we should all know where our food comes from and the true cost of that food. I do know that all my rabbits have a good and cared for life. I have reverence and give thanks to each of them for contributing to the life of those I love.
This has been a year to learn about going to those places that make me uncomfortable and charging through them. I hope those of you thinking about raising some of your own meat and processing yourselves go for it. It will bring you closer to living.