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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#31  Unread postby mountainrabbits » Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:29 pm


You could do it like this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... hMNE#t=190 he made his own wood wringer and then shows his whole processing method.

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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#32  Unread postby OneAcreFarm » Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:12 pm


RJSchaefer wrote:How do you bleed them afterward? May be a dumb question. We've only done chickens with the knock-out-chop-head method so far. I'm kind of dreading the first rabbit slaughtering.


You use the Wringer or Hopper Popper, then hang by feet and cut off the head to allow it to bleed out.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#33  Unread postby zee » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:11 pm


One whack to the back of the head with a wooden stick while being held upside down does it for me very quickly and efficiently.

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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#34  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:53 pm


Could we stick to the topic, Using a Rabbit Wringer, Hopper Popper, etc, please?

There are many other threads discussing other methods of dispatch.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#35  Unread postby skysthelimit » Sun Oct 27, 2013 4:22 pm


What is the smallest sized rabbit you can get in it?
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#36  Unread postby Dood » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:54 am


I've done 2 pounders on my home made one.

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Post Number:#37  Unread postby ChaudLapin » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:12 am


I made my own wringer using plumbing pipes and a pipe flange. Works wonders and Cost $12 at the local hardware store. Also included in the price was a pair of clamps used to mount brooms that I repurposed for holding feet.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#38  Unread postby OneAcreFarm » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:38 am


skysthelimit wrote:What is the smallest sized rabbit you can get in it?


Probably about 2lbs, and you might have to hold the head in with one hand. There is also a newer one that is a combo Rabbit/Chicken Wringer and that one you could use the smaller chicken side to do small rabbits with.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#39  Unread postby skysthelimit » Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:37 pm


I find the stainless steel very appealing, much cleaner than making a wood one. I have no access to metal working tools (or people that have this skill) making one won't work. When I get back to work, I'm planning on buying the wringer and the butcher station.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#40  Unread postby ilovehome » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:53 am


I ordered mine on July 29 and still don't have it. In September he told me it takes 10 weeks now, and mine would be shipped in a couple of weeks. On October 11, it was going to be shipped the next week...still no wringer. Be sure you talk to him about a shipment date BEFORE you order.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#41  Unread postby Planet Jr » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:38 pm


It took me over 4 months to get mine. It was supposed to be four weeks when I ordered it. I heard all the same old BS but I stayed on his behind or I probably would still be waiting. It is great equipment but I would not deal with him again. I just don't like being lied to. Any metal shop should be able to make one.
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#42  Unread postby annie » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:05 pm


It took me and my friend several months to get our processing stations, then we decided to get wringers too and those came quick. Apparently the process is more automated now. Going to try it out for the first time in a little bit.

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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#43  Unread postby HHRR » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:47 pm


I really want to try rabbit and I really want to be able to butcher them myself but I am just so scared! I'm not really that queasy or anything I just don't want to hurt them? What if I mess up! Or what if I mess up while I'm skinning, etc and the meat goes bad! It would be such a waste plus I would feel bad!! :(
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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#44  Unread postby Dood » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:19 pm


Practice makes perfect.

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Re: Using a Rabbit Wringer

Post Number:#45  Unread postby PSFAngoras » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:21 am


The biggest things you can do to ruin the meat is to puncture either the bladder or the gall bladder. Other than that, butchering a rabbit is quite easy. The killing, not so much, but like dood said, practice makes perfect! Just remember that it may take more force than your expecting, certainly if your dealing with older animals.

Is there anyone in your area that you can watch and help process? I learned to process animals by first helping my hubby's family butcher wild game, and then helping a friend with her chickens. After that it wen to the actual field dressing of wild game, and I just adapted what I knew from that to the rabbits. Once you get the hang of it, they're much quicker and cleaner than chickens!
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