Thanks again everyone.
Tiny, my cats are accustomed to goat meat, I feed it regularly to them. I just want a cheaper/alternative source.
Foxhunter, thanks for the fodder. I do already get scraps but there genuinely aren't that many available, as it seems I'm not the only raw feeder in my area! We also have only one slaughterhouse for the this city and a few surrounding it, making the supply much less than the demand.
Another curve-ball was just thrown in to my life so these plans are going to be put on hold anyways.
Thanks for the advice everyone.
Also meat rabbits or no it's not possible to live off of just rabbit meat, because the fat content isn't high enough from what I understand. If you have other things to provide that it shouldn't be an issue but if you're just feeding rabbit meat you'll want to find a good source of fat to mix in.
Hope that other curve ball doesn't wrench things up too bad.
I'd talk to local lockers about leftovers. I live on 5 acres, zoned AG 2. I keep chickens besides the horses, and I butcher my flock every year and replace them with new layers. Chickens are not long lived.
I hang the bird, slit the jugular and let the bird bleed out. I work very hard to make their deaths quick, like moving the head to encourage the blood flow. Then I skin the bird, cut off the heads and legs--they go to my two dogs--then I take them inside to the kitchen to disembowel. I throw away the intestines and gall bladder, and any extra fat, but my dogs and cats get the organs, except for the liver, and I keep the necks for cooking.
I would get on backyardchickens.com for help. It has over 200,000 members now and many who keep meat birds for processing also keep other livestock for meat and processing. I am sure that they could give you some good advice. I learned to butcher from people on that site.
Btw, I would just use an axe on their necks but I value my left thumb too much. =b