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Alasdair



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Location: Leadhills
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 07 2:29 pm    Post subject: Silly newbie rabbit questions ...  Reply with quote    

Hi there,

This might be a silly question, but is there anything I should be looking for on any rabbit my dog brings to me, that might render it inedible? I can recall my mother twittering on about mixemitosis (sp?) when I was a lad and I know I've seen a couple of infected bunnies about - at least I believe they were, running eyes with apparent blindness and one with a bloody mouth (?).

I'd really love to cook a couple with confidence, but I fear for my families health ... can the dogs catch any of these bunny type infections?

I only ask as the dog presented we with (another) one last night when I called her in! She's developing a bit of a habit in this respect ... I was going to string the one up last night to deal with this morning but when the dog dropped it it hopped off, I left it too it as I wasn't dressed to pursue!!

Which is another thing, what's the best method of despatching a live bunny without the aid of a gun?

Sorry for all the questions ... but we recently moved into an area rich in game and we'd like to take advantage

sean
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 07 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Myxi isn't transmissible to dogs or humans.
There's a thread here somwhere about killing bunnies, hang on a tick.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 07 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Killing rabbit thread: http://forum.downsizer.net/about5609.html

Alasdair



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 07 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that!

I had had a quick look for a thread on killing rabbits, but my 3yr old and baby daughter weren't overly keen on my sparing any attention for anything other than them

Alasdair



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just thought I'd post an update!

The dog caught another one last night and using the links and info provided, I managed to do the necessary with no fuss at all, although the dog turn her nose up at the tid-bits!!

It's the first time I've done anything like it and I was surprised at just how easy it was, from kill to jointed ... and I wasn't the least bit squeamish, although the mrs' did keep her distance for the disemboweling ... she shouted instruction from afar

Thanks again

judith



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Alasdair wrote:
the mrs' did keep her distance for the disemboweling ... she shouted instruction from afar


Sounds like a good division of labour to me

boisdevie1



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Make sure the liver is healthy without any blotchiness or white spots - a sign of liver fluke as I understand it.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And if it IS healthy, lightly fried rabbit liver on a simple green salad dressed with olive oil and wine vinegar used to de-glaze the pan, with just a tiny bit of mustard, is a perk you richly deserve for skinning and gutting the beast

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
And if it IS healthy, lightly fried rabbit liver on a simple green salad dressed with olive oil and wine vinegar used to de-glaze the pan, with just a tiny bit of mustard, is a perk you richly deserve for skinning and gutting the beast


That sounds extremely tasty. I will bookmark this page About six week before we have any ready for the pot here.

Alasdair



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Location: Leadhills
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

boisdevie1 wrote:
Make sure the liver is healthy without any blotchiness or white spots - a sign of liver fluke as I understand it.

It was a lovely dark red, like a good bottle of red wine - although it did seem to have a black or very dark red "sack" on it ...

... if the liver is infected does that render the rest of the animal inedible?

That recipe does sound good though

KILLITnGRILLIT



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There`s a photo here that shows the good and bad of livers http://www.downsizer.net/Projects/Finding_Food/Ferreting_for_beginners/

Also the sac is bile and should be removed intact, easily removed with a sharp knife, or it can taint the liver.

Alasdair



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 07 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks KILLIT, looking healthy then

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 07 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i must find a bunny spot round here

Alasdair



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 07 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just come back from a walk with the kids, the dog and another recently deceased rabbit ... I know it's probably small fry to those who are more, hmmm, professional (?) in their approach ... bu'hell I'm one man and his pet dog ... and his three yr old son and baby in a pram

Can't be many pram baskets that have rabbit that fresh in them

The great thing is, the dog vanishes off up the hill and out of site before reappearng with the kill (or nearly killed), fortunately this one was already dead ... I wouldn't fancy doing it in front of the kids - although I doubt the baby would notice I fear the elder might not get it

KILLITnGRILLIT



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 07 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hope you own that land ??????

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