Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's Butchering Time!!!

Well, today was butchering day for the rabbits.  It was their destination, their reason for living, and might I say, a very tasty one at that.  If you've never tried rabbit, you don't know what your missing.  IT. IS. GOOOOOOOOD!!!  Plus the nutritional value of rabbit is outstanding!!!!!  Low fat, low cholesterol, but high in protein and in flavor.  If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it.

Anyway back to my story, me and Hubby were butchering the rabbits this morning.  He does the killin, I do the butcherin.  We make a good pair.  :0)  For all the years of my life that I've been butchering things,  it's still hard for me to do the actual killing.  Oh sure, I can shoot a rabbit, deer or squirrel with no problem, but the animals that we raised here on the farm is just a little harder.  Now don't get me wrong, if I had to, I would, and CAN, but I've got Hubby now and he doesn't mind doing it so why not let him.  Just like he doesn't like butchering.  He said it turns his stomach.  He can do it if he has to, but he doesn't really want to.  So I'll gladly do it.

So today we just had 3 rabbits that were ready to be butchered.  Not too many, and it doesn't take all day to kill, butcher, clean, and vacuum seal.  As I was butchering today, I accidentally sliced into my finger.  As my Dad always said, you will get cut more times on a dull knife than you will on a sharp one.  Well folks, he's right.  The knife wasn't as sharp as I wanted it to be and low and behold,  I sliced right down into my knuckle.  Ouch!!!!!!

Now out of all my many years of butchering animals, not one time have I ever gotten sick.  My stomach never turned or anything and I've been into animal cavities up to my shoulders before.  I've never had a problem.  I looked down and saw the blood coming out of my knuckle and I just about went down.  Things started to go black,  I started feeling really hot,  I needed a drink.  I told Hubby that I butchered  my finger with the knife and I needed something to drink BAD or I might pass out.  He was changing the oil in the car so he ran and got me something to drink as I sat down on our four wheeler so I wouldn't fall down.   He came running  back with a big glass of ice water and I took a long swig.  He stood there waiting for me to show it to him.

"See?" I said.  "I think I hit the bone!!!!"

Hubby looked at my finger, looked back at me, looked at my finger again. "Is this what your talking about?" He went to touch my knuckle.

"Don't touch it!!!! I might faint!!!! I jerked my hand away from him.

"Have you looked at it?"  He asked.

"Uh, no.  I'm too scared of what I'll see."

"You might want to look at it."  He replied.

I peaked with one eye.  (I don't know why that was going to be better than with both eyes, but it was.)  On the tip of my knuckle there was a small cut.  Probably 1/4 of a inch long.  A small drop of blood was oozing out of it.

"Oh, I guess it's not as bad as I thought it was."  I smiled.

Hubby just rolled his eyes and went back to changing the oil in the car.

I'm so glad I have a big protector of a man.

So until next time,

Small Farm Girl,  bleeder.


Willow said...

Glad it wasn't as bad as you thought ! lol
Hope you heal up soon .

Sunnybrook Farm said...

A little work but for those who have never had rabbit it is really good, it doesn't taste like chicken, it is better.

small farm girl said...

Willow, it didn't even need a band aid. lol

Sunnybrook, I agree! It does taste better. But then, everything is suppose to taste like chicken right? lol!!!!

Donna. W said...

Rabbits are so clean, fast, and easy to dress! Peel them like a banana.

small farm girl said...

Donna, that's right! :0)

Sandy Livesay said...

You probably hit the nerve which caused the dizziness and urge to drop. Glad to hear you're okay!

small farm girl said...

Sandy, I think I hit the never called "The Wimpy Nerve." LOL!!!!

Carolyn said...

I kill and butcher animals like it's nothing, but I get the same way when it comes to seeing my own blood. Well, actually, the blood isn't so bad, it's the SLICE that does it to me. I can get a scrape or something other than a slice & see blood and it's not fainting time, but once I get a slice, it's almost light's out for me. Seriously. So don't take it too're not alone!

Kellie from Indiana said...

Oh boy I hope he dont remember this if (unfortunately) this were to happen again! My husband would take his sweet time coming to check me out. Anyway, good for you for being able to process your own meat! I would prefer the butchering part as well.

Phelan said...


small farm girl said...

Carolyn, THAT'S IT!!!!! I can handle scrapes and such, it's the slice that made me almost pass out!!!!! By George I think you've got it!!!!!!

Kellie, Oh, he'll remember it alright! Grrrrrr.

Phelan, Shut it!!!!!

truckbuddy said...

I'm writing on my honey's blog, my blog is
I used to raise rabbits and ducks and honey bees. We had 160 hives. As the kids went about their way so did the farm, now I live in a semi-truck and this morning I was boiling cotton dishtowels on the wood stove to embroider for Xmas presents. We don't have a washer or dryer, but we have a wood stove and I never waste the heat coming out the top. There is always a pot of soup, apple sauce, coffee or other goody a cookin'.
Like you I didn't want to kill the rabbits either. We had about 24 at a time to do. I loved the rabbit stew and use fur for sewing projects.. Jewel Star