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cab



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 10:49 am    Post subject: Killing rabbits  Reply with quote    

An overheard conversation last week at the allotment, between two old timers discussing how to kill rabbits. One was of the opinion that necking is quickest, the other was a sound fan of a blow to the head. Both were adamant that their own way was quickest and most humane.

Which is best?

sean
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I go for breaking their necks (or used to when I went ferreting). Hitting a struggling animal is a bit unreliable in my experience.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you break the neck, do you pull it, or twist or bend it or all three? Did somebody show you how to or did you work it out for yourself? I think the neck sounds most logical to me for the reason Sean gave but you know I don't have a vast experience

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hold the back legs in one hand, make a V with the first two fingers of the other hand which goes behind the head. Stretch and turn the head end hand through 90 degrees.

boff



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm with Sean on this - necking them takes away the risk of trying to hit a struggler.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Never even occured to me to hit one on the head. I saw someone swing one into a tree once but that was because he hadn't been shown how to neck it.

boff



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 05 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
I saw someone swing one into a tree once


Argh!!!

crackapple



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 05 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

both ways work, but to calm a struggler, rub the implement you are using down its back against the grain of the fur. the bunny should soon calm down ready for the chop.

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 05 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I used to give a sharp chop to the back of the neck whilst holding the hind feet, but then my MIL bought me a priest, and I've used that when needed ever since.

snootycat



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 05 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Which ever method is used I hope that anyone who has done this before gets someone who is experienced to show them how to do it properly.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 05 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

snootycat wrote:
Which ever method is used I hope that anyone who has done this before gets someone who is experienced to show them how to do it properly.


Good point, I've watched people do it and still would worry the first time I did it but there has to be a first time. It wwas interesting to see the trainees in the abatoir in the recent TV prog taking quite a few goes at finding the correct way to slaughter an animal.

timberdog



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 05 7:36 am    Post subject: rabs Reply with quote    

use two finger method and ark across your shoulder blades and pull!!

uk-ken



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 05 8:37 am    Post subject: Chinning Rabbits Reply with quote    

Hello All

I was shown by an old gamekeeper years ago how to despatch rabbits quickly. The methods described are good but require a certain amount of strength and some technique. Chinning is very easy (not making light of killing an animal) and only reasonable force is required.

Hold the rabbit around its neck from behind with your left hand; put your right hand under the rabbit’s bottom jaw making contact with its neck. With a swift push up and back with the right hand the rabbit is killed with no damage to the meat.

Regards, Ken

Tittch



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 06 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There's the tread on the head and pull the hind legs method too which is supposed to be very quick, but personally I prefer my rabbits pre-killed, skinned and gutted. You can't call me a Grundy...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 06 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
snootycat wrote:
Which ever method is used I hope that anyone who has done this before gets someone who is experienced to show them how to do it properly.


Good point, I've watched people do it and still would worry the first time I did it but there has to be a first time.


It's good to see this post come back up as I have managed to watch a few people do the deed and then have a go myself. I did the grab the back legs with one hand and the head/neck with the other then pull and push the head back to snap the neck. I'm not completely weedy but it took a fair bit of strength to do.

I also find the rabbits who have had their necks wrung have a fair bit of blood around the neck/front legs area that shot rabbits don't.

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