by Catherine Haug
Record of Updates
- March 11 – 13, 2010: add link to Raising Rabbits pdf file; add link to ‘How to Dress (Butcher) a Rabbit’ (flip video)
- June 3, 2010: add link to Grow Montana’s Mobile Poultry Unit (MPU) e-Book Guide to Butchering: Slaughtering Guide
- April 8, 2012: ‘How to Dress a Rabbit’ videos moved to YouTube (links provided)
This event included a panel of local “experts” on raising chickens and rabbits:
- Nick and BrendaLee S.
- Shelli R
- Julie V
- Keith B
but there were many more experts in the audience as well. (Photo by Keith B.)
Complete Gathering Summaries
The complete gathering summary is divided into two printable pdf files:
- Gathering Summary: Raising Chickens
- Gathering Summary: Raising Rabbits (updated 4/8/12 for videos; 10/17/12 for minor changes).
Below is just a listing of topics discussed.
Photos included in the gathering summary (here and in pdf file):
- Sally J took several flip videos (links to view these are included below).
- Keith and Shelli brought photos of their chickens
- Nick and Brenda Lee sent photos of their rabbits and cages, post event.
Chicken topics discussed:
Photo by Keith B.
See Gathering Summary: Raising Chickens for complete summary (pdf)
- Local regulations
- Baby chicks
- Breeds of chickens
- Housing for chickens
- Basic needs
- Lighting and heat lamps
- Winter care
- Washing eggs
- Butchering of chickens
- The EssentiaList: Raising Chickens,
- Shelli’s Chicken summary: Chicken or Egg?
- Grow Montana’s Mobile Poultry Unit (MPU) e-Book Guide to Butchering: Slaughtering Guide
Rabbit topics discussed:
Photo by Nick & Brenda Lee S.
See Gathering Summary: Raising Rabbits for complete summary (pdf).
- Rabbits vs chickens for meat
- Breeding and care of kits
- Problems of line breeding
- Health and other issues
See also (from Nick & BrendaLee):
- Rabbit Recipes
- Rabbit Breeding Worksheets
- 31 Day Gestation Table for Rabbits
- Common Diseases of Rabbits
- Rabbit Diseases
Philosophy of ESP: Edd B. opens with philosophy of ESP (3:04) by Sally J.
Dressing a rabbit:
The original Flip video made by the Nick & BrendaLee is no longer available on the Flip video-sharing site. However, it is now available on YouTube in 4 parts. Note that you cannot find these videos by searching YouTube because it is ‘unlisted’ (so children won’t find it and get upset about ‘fluffy’). But you should be able to open these from the links. If you have trouble opening the video, please contact Cat.
[Original, no longer available: How to Dress a Rabbit (Basic Butchering of Rabbits) (19:18) by Nick & BrendaLee S.]