Just finished making our homemade 'hopper/cocker popper' and 'hopper/cocker hanger' for dispatching rabbits and chickens and then hanging them for skinning & dressing the carcasses. Had a great neighbor help with the welding. The popper uses a method called cervical dislocation that is the most humane way of dispatching rabbits or chickens by dislocating/breaking the neck and spinal cord so that they feel no pain and have an instant death. Then they can be hung by their back feet in the hanger to skin and dress. We may provide video instruction/demonstration at some point to show that process. #growyourown #makeyourown #selfreliance #youcandoit
This is used to dislocate the cervix and break the spinal cord causing instant and painless death. This is by far one of the best dispatching methods. The left side is larger for rabbits and the left side is for chickens.
The hopper hanger allows you to place the back feet in the V's to lock in the rabbit so you can skin them and clean their carcass.
Part of our commitment to self-reliance is we look for multiple outputs for each single input on our farm as a rule to decide if an input is worth our time and commitment. Rabbits not only serve us and our community on the dinner table but their dropping serve as incredible cold manure for excellent fertilizer.