Raising rabbits is a valuable addition to almost any household. They are quiet, easy to breed and manage, and do not require much space or input. We raise them mainly for the lean, delicious meat, but they also provide a valuable manure and, of course, fur.
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To complete this project, you'll need the following:
- Several freshly skinned rabbit furs
- 1 cup battery acid
- 2lbs salt (without iodine)
- 2 gallons of hot water
- Neat's Foot Oil
- Scissors, marker, measuring tape
- Needle and thread and/or sewing machine
Step 1: Tanning Solution
It is best to make this solution the night before you plan to butcher rabbits. You have to heat the water to dissolve the salt, but you don't want to put the furs into hot water. Heat will cause the fur to "slip", which is when patches of fur come loose.
- Put 2 lbs of salt (without iodine) in a five gallon bucket.
- Heat two gallons of water and pour them into the bucket.
- Stir the liquid until the salt is fully dissolved. Use a wooden or plastic stick or spoon. Do not use metal.
- Once the solution has cooled, add one cup of battery acid. Be careful not to splash acid on your skin or in your eyes.
- Wearing rubber gloves, dunk each pelt into the solution, swilling it around.
- Once all the pelts are wet, stack them together and place a rock or brick on them to keep them submerged.
- Keep the bucket in a cool, shady place.