Anyone been raising food on a small scale? I've been delving into rabbits more.

Anyone been raising food on a small scale?
I've been delving into rabbits more. They're cheap to raise and don't need a ton of space. Also delicious. Much easier to butcher than birds which is the way I was going before.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Love me some rabbit.
    Rabbit and duck together is a perfect meat match.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    you shouldnt have them on the wire floor like that it fricks their feet up

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      i think it’s so the shit just drops to the ground. do you eat rabbit feet?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Do you want animals to live a life of suffering? I'm all for shooting Bambi and fricking eating him but frick you.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, I eat eggs and drink milk.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            As do I. From my chickens who are safe from coons and from a farmer who let's his cows do cow shit in his fields. You torture animals and feel no guilt. Christ will return and will make you answer for your inhumanity.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Half of the planet's human population would die of starvation without industrial animal farming, but keep imagining that your access to unsustainable cottage production makes you morally superior.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Not him but
                >Half of the planet's human population would die of starvation without industrial animal farming
                Good, 80% of humaniry are walking, shitting, fornicating sacks of flesh and drains on the 20% who actually have souls

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Half the planet lives on fricking corn and wheat you stupid shit. Most of which is farmed by diesel engines. And we are encouraging it through aid to civilizations that shouldn't exist because they can't figure out how to produce their own food. Maybe it is you that shouldn't exist.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                So half the population is vegan. And veganism is unhealthy despite sustaining 50% of all humans? How odd.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Yes. Don't mistreat animals. Don't mistreat Gaia.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Crazy. Are you mad you can't get delicious and high quality meats from a local rancher?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                No. I'm mad at histrionic entitled women who wonder why everybody else doesn't eat cake.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Buying meat locally and in bulk can be a great way to save money while also being a healthier and more ethical choice.

                In my own personal opinion and practice I buy more expensive meat less frequently because I know grass fed + local + heirloom breeds means a tastier, healthier, and more ethical way to eat meat.

                Also I had my steer slaughtered, and haven't had to buy steak for over a year. It is significantly better tasting than anything you can buy at a conventional supermarket.

                Processed 45 organic fed cornish cross and 20 old roosters and hens. Those are also way tastier than the best organic birds I have gotten from the supermarket.
                They came out to around 13ish dollars per bird, and they are on average 5.25lbs each. Not too bad.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Also if you didn't know raising cornish cross is really easy. You can raise 50 birds with about 10 minutes of work a day for 9 weeks, and then roughly 3-4 hours to slaughter/process them all.

                Making one of these coops costs about 300 dollars with new materials, but you can very easily scrounge up enough cheap to free wood and cut that cost by 70%. A brooder will cost like 100 or less depending on your set up. The waterers and feeders are another 60ish bucks.

                Raise 50 birds in the spring when the weather is nice and you have almost one whole chicken per week for a whole year. If you had a large backyard you could easily fit the coop there. Once they're about 4 weeks old you move the entire coop everyday.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                Just look at this! We aged the chickens for 6 or 7 days before bagging and freezing them.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                who the frick has storage for 40 birds? let alone to age them?

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I bought a 3 door commercial fridge at an auction for 1500 bucks. New they're 10k. I love that fridge so much. You are correct about not many people having access to that. There are other ways to age them, and you only really need to age them for long enough to allow rigor mortis to subside before freezing.

                50 birds will fill up like half a chest freezer that's fridge sized. They're not too expensive, and are really really nice to have around.

                I also made incredibly good chicken stock with 35lbs of chicken heads and feet.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                You any good at quartering raw chicken? I love me some boneless thighs and I am getting chickens soon, I can quarter them just fine but deboneing them raw I can't wrap my head around, I never get the nice little filets you can buy in the supermarket

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                I kept them all whole. I'll just part it out and keep it bone in, or filet after cooking.

                Maybe a honesuki knife makes more sense for you? It is a rigid single bevel blade that is designed for fileting chickens.
                I used the heavier version called a garasuki while processing my birds and chopped off all 45 chicken heads with it and it was still very sharp afterwards.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >but frick you
          okay man that’s just rude. does the fricked up feet hurt them in anyway? i wouldn’t call the lifestyle a prey animal gets suffering when it’s protected and taken care of.

          Not him but
          >Half of the planet's human population would die of starvation without industrial animal farming
          Good, 80% of humaniry are walking, shitting, fornicating sacks of flesh and drains on the 20% who actually have souls

          >thinking you’d actually be part of the 20%
          ngmi. me and mine will absorb weaklings like you under our superior tribal based hoard

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/3TEv1BU.jpg

      Where is the hay over the wire? You need grasses for their floor. Also picrel

      The picture was after a cleaning. It's building up with scattered hay pretty quick.

      Chickens are way better, produce eggs daily for years on end (one of the most nutritious things on this planet pound for pound) and when they become old hens you can slaughter them for meat, although keeping your old non egg laying hens around is good for the rest of the flock, point being if you have eggs you don't need meat

      I regularly have chickens and ducks. My family eats a few dozen eggs a week. But it's a bit more of a pain in the ass to dig out the chicken plucker and hose compared to just broomsticking a rabbit and hanging it somewhere convenient.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Hes going to eat them what does he care

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rabbits need a lot of space for their high bone low muscle and extremely low fat bodies. You want guinea pigs, or, if you're more adventurous, rats or mice.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Is there a certain breed for guinea pigs that is good for food?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Don't get those. They are too small and just glorified rats. Swine, dogs, goats are much better. If you are going small like guinea pigs might as well just get chickens then which is against the spirit of the thread.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I live at an apartment. Rat can be good depending how it's cooked anyway.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I did 45 cornish cross a couple months ago. I'm working on american bresse, I'm about to get pigs, and I have a pregnant cow that will give birth in like 4 months.

    I want to do elevated rabbits + chickens in a hoop house type setup for my breeding stock of bresse.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      These chiggins ain't growin butts. Send em back

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Buns are fren not food 🙁

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this

      https://i.imgur.com/4hMycgf.jpg

      [...]
      The picture was after a cleaning. It's building up with scattered hay pretty quick.
      [...]
      I regularly have chickens and ducks. My family eats a few dozen eggs a week. But it's a bit more of a pain in the ass to dig out the chicken plucker and hose compared to just broomsticking a rabbit and hanging it somewhere convenient.

      >It's building up with scattered hay pretty quick.
      Not really enough. I would suggest putting down a sheet of coroplast over most of the wire, preferably angled a bit. There will still be enough space for their waste to fall out, but they can rest their feet on it.

      You could pick up a shitload of coroplast sheets for free after any election, just go pick up yard signs. I used to line my bunny's cage with Democrats' yard signs so she could shit all over them.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Should I go with duggs or chiggs? Gettin some property in WV soon and want to start unplugging.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Mealworms. The original survival protein before agents came in to turn the masses against bug consumption. Crickets are also good.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Happy Hanukkah

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Where in WV?
      I just happen to be the famous chiggen/turggy/dugg anon. I have property in WV and FL. But all my birds are in FL

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where is the hay over the wire? You need grasses for their floor. Also picrel

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Chickens are way better, produce eggs daily for years on end (one of the most nutritious things on this planet pound for pound) and when they become old hens you can slaughter them for meat, although keeping your old non egg laying hens around is good for the rest of the flock, point being if you have eggs you don't need meat

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Bump.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous
  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    You should consider labrador retrievers or any variety of mid sized dog. You build a little enclosure in your yard or even a large barrel or wooden spool and chain them to a Earth anchor and they won't waste too much energy keeping their meat tender. They can also eat your scraps and are intelligent enough to warn you of intruders or bears etc. You can buy them as puppys for cheap in certain city markets or you can go to animal control places and take them. You missed the date to do that because fees are usually waived at many pounds around the holidays.

    Also, consider swine. They eat ANYTHING including your shit if you want them to. Look it up.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'd do a big or birds at that point they do the same thing and do better on a scale diet.
      I already bring the rabbits in for cuddling, treats, etc. so the pet comparison doesn't have much emotional weight.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        how is the egg, chickend eat cacke, chicken makes egg, egg makes cake cycle going you absolute legend?

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Oops forgot pic

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Here is my own recipe for dog stew.

    1 pound of dog meat, cut into small pieces (or more)
    1 onion, chopped
    1 green pepper, chopped
    Splash of brandy
    1 celery stalk, chopped
    1 can of diced tomatoes
    1 can of red kidney beans
    1 teaspoon of salt
    1 teaspoon of black pepper

    In a large pot, saute the onion, green pepper, celery, and tomatoes in olive oil (or canola if you are health conscious) until soft. Add the dog meat, kidney beans, brandy and cook until the meat is cooked through. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    I also have a dog currently recipe that is out of this world but will only type it up if requested.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dog *curry

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    lmao please post this on Wrong board

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      why the hell would I post something when you should be able to copy and paste? christ

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