Tanning Rabbit Hides

If you are like me, when you butcher an animal, you want to use as much of the animal as you can, so nothing goes to waste. Though the fur market isn’t what it used to be, tanning rabbit hides is a very rewarding skill that allows you to use more of the rabbit. Besides, using the pelt is a way to work towards more sustainability. When you simply ignore the hide, you are contributing to filling the landfills and petroleum products being used for fake furs.

Granted, it isn’t realistic to believe that you can enter some mass market when you tan hides. There are many hobbyists, though, who love the real fur you can provide. For example, those who do historical reenactments covet real furs for their props and clothing. If you can tap into the clothing market, you may find a seamstress that enjoys adding the real fur to gloves, hoods, coats, and more. There are many other homesteaders that use real fur for their crafts. In my area, I have a local guy who teaches medieval fighting on the side (he does sprinkler repair as his main job) who purchases my pelts for his weaponry, such as lining his sheath.

Whether you can find a regular buyer or not, if you are raising rabbits for meat, the best reason to tan the hides is so you can create a product using what you have already without adding to the waste. You know what goes into your rabbits, so you can ensure they are healthy and have furs of high quality. If you are unable to find a buyer, it may be time for you to learn how to make clothing from the hides. It may provide you with a fun new hobby that allows you to end up with a new, toasty warm fur hat to work in on the cold, bitter days of winter.