Well today was the day! I did it!!! Ok lets back up... Our friend always comes over to help my husband butcher our rabbits, my part in this is taking them out of the cage handing them to the guys for the "work" and then caring them into the house to either cook or freeze. I have never actually skinned or gutted a rabbit. I've also got or should I say had 10 Buff Orpington roos that needed to go. (Cold weather is coming on fast and Im getting tried of feeding chickens I wasnt getting eggs in return for.) Our friend said he would show us how to do chickens but wouldnt do any more than 1 cause he didnt like doing it...Ok fair enough. We got the rabbits done and then did 1 Roo. It didnt really look much different than the rabbits. Instead of plucking the feathers he showed us how to skin them (I thought it worked out really well). My mom was also over just to visit and said she had watched her mother butcher chickens years ago when she was a little girl but didnt really remember what to do. After our friend left and my hubby was getting ready to go to work...my mom and I looked at each other and decided we would give it a try. I did most of the cutting and mom helped me with the holding and pulling the skin. I was ok till it was time to clean the insides. Laughing at myself now I just closed my eyes and said well Im this far and Im not going to waste it so...it all went pretty well. After we finished that 1 we decided to do another...and another...I knew I wanted to keep one but couldnt decide which looked best I narrowed it down to the best 2. Mom and I ended up butchering 8 Roos today. Im sooo proud of what we accomplished. Some people might not see this as an accomplishment at all but I look at it this way Im no longer spending money on unnecessary feed and Im able to put some really good meat on the table for my family. Today was also a first for my daughters watching the butchering process. Before when we did rabbits I always made sure they were gone for the day because I wasnt sure that it was something they needed to see. They've all said they wanted to help and to see what it was like. My 10yr old did very well, my 9 yr old did what I figured she would, she is rather sensitive and went inside to watch tv. (She knows what the meat is shes eating and prefers rabbit over any other meat but this just wasnt something she wanted to be a part of. Which is fine and I completely understand). And my 8 yr old she just wasnt sure about it, she watched the first rabbit and then came back outside to watch the last few chickens. After everything was done and cleaned up I asked each of the girls if they were glad to be home and see what had happened...they were all ok with it and say that they are ready for the next time that they all want to be home again. So, today was a huge success in my book for everyone. Im very proud of my girls for all the help they did today and of the help of our neighbor and my mom. Kudos to all of us!!!