Below the cut I'm going to be talking about getting back to breeding rabbits, and thoughts about that.
Some of you may remember this post from October. At the arrival of the Critter the juxtaposition of his birth within a day of teaching friends how to kill and butcher rabbits. Since then due to time, exhaustion, and everything else going on I wasn't the one to do the butchering of the kits we had on the ground during the winter. Michelle Chandler of Blessed Acre Farm who has been so instrumental to our getting started with rabbits, and being successful with them was kind enough to butcher 6 of our rabbits for us when they were ready to go and I didn't have anywhere to do it. Given how long it's been, and due to some of the profoundness of the timing of Critters birth I was actually somewhat concerned I'd have trouble, or be unable to kill the kits that were in Dawns hutch with her over the winter. I ended up only killing one of the two of them, but that wasn't because of an inability to do the killing, but because of the overall quality of her conformation which may make her a good replacement for Dawn when she no longer breeds. We will obviously have to see how that turns out, and I was hoping to have a photo of her to show today, but that'll have to wait. On the butchering side it was interesting, I definitely had the anxiety and unhappiness pre killing that I've had for some time, but I actually didn't have the problems I was worried I'd have. I've been putting off doing the killing because I don't like doing it, and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to anymore. I didn't hesitate, I hadn't lost the skill, and things went very smoothly. I've lost some of the touch on skinning the carcass, but that'll come back. I still don't like killing, and it still is upsetting, but I haven't hit a point I'm unable to carry out the process. Even after the very profound life/death connectedness experience of the Critter arriving.
The next couple weeks are going to be extremely busy with Anime Boston, starting up the Lady of the House's new venture, the Critter, and helping tear down fence and barn that is going to be coming here once salvaged from its current location. That's something I'll be trying to keep everyone updated on because depending on weather, luck, and timing there may be some big things going on this spring and summer.