This week my husband and son have worked on building a slaughter station for the rabbits. The above photo is the first step. There are no photos of slaughtering the rabbits, just our set ups. Our original station looked like this:
After the rabbit was shot on the table it was hung from the wires by its back hocks. The head went into one bucket, the fur into the second, and the blood and guts into the third. DH wanted something a bit more stable and easier on the back for working.
Step Five (Mounting the Rabbit Wringer):
Step Six (Mounting the Butcher Station):
The husband plans to add plywood on the studs behind the wringer, on the studs behind the butcher station, and on the studs of the remaining wall. This will shield the rabbit heading to the wringer, from the bloody side of the processing area. He plans to build a shelf to put the rabbit on beneath the wringer, to have a place to calm it before dislocating the neck. We will put a carpet sample there so that the rabbit can dig in with his or her claws and not scrabble on a smooth service. He will also put another shelf on the third wall to hold his knife, scissors, and other tools. We will still use the three bucket system. The kennel that we bought to use as a temporary tractor will be used to enclose the area where he will be skinning and gutting so that the chickens cannot get in there and bug him and peck at stuff while he is working. It is four feet high and should be adequate for this need.
I will post more photos when it is finished, but he leaves for Alaska tomorrow so that won’t be for a couple more weeks. I was just excited to show you what we’ve done so far. And excuse the mess as my daughter and I were cleaning cages and dropping pans while the guys were working on the processing station.