How to slaughter a rabbit. This is the one part of raising meat rabbits that every breeder dreads. There is nothing pleasant or satisfying about having to kill a living creature. I can’t tell you that it will get easier, because it’s still not easy for me. However, you can take some comfort in knowing that your rabbit lived a happy, healthy life and that you are providing for your family.
The day before you are going to slaughter the rabbit(s) take away all food. This helps to clear out the digestive tract.
There are a few ways to humanely kill a rabbit. Out of all the methods I researched in the beginning, the one I ended up choosing was the “broomstick method”. This is the cheapest way to slaughter a rabbit.
To do this you place the rabbit at ground level on a hard surface. Gently place a broomstick across his neck, behind the ears. The stick should be at least 2 feet long. Make sure his front legs are tucked underneath him, pointing towards his rear legs.
This part you have to do rather quickly, to avoid causing the rabbit to struggle. Place one foot on the broomstick, this will pin the rabbit to the floor. Make sure his head remains straight and he doesn’t twist sideways. Grab his rear legs, stand straight, then place your other foot on the other end of the broomstick. As you do that, pull up on the rabbits back legs. This dislocates the neck and kills the rabbit instantly. You will feel the bones separate. Keep in mind that the rabbit will jerk and twitch, this is just reflexes and is completely normal.
This method isn’t complicated but it does take some practice. I couldn’t find a good video on how to slaughter a rabbit, but if I come across one I’ll be sure to post it. You can practice on a stuffed animal until you get it down just right. From the time you first step on the broomstick to the time you dislocate the rabbits neck should only take one second.
If for some reason you cannot use this method, due to a bad back or some other health reason, you can use a metal rod or bat to strike the rabbit in the head while it’s hanging from its back legs. Then striking it again just to make sure it’s dead.
With both of these methods, it’s not unusual for the rabbit to bleed from it’s nose. So make sure you do this somewhere that’s easy to clean up.
For more methods on how to slaughter a rabbit, check out our Slaughter section