Thanks for the feedback. Right after posting, I took about a lb of it down the road to our country meat market. They handle all sorts of odd human food meats, and he has handled rabbit meat, so it knows it's smell. Even inside the meat market, with all the aromas of fresh meat floating around in the air, he said that it is definately off. To him, he said it smells like they left it sit out to long before packaging it up.
I also called another rabbitry that processes pet quality meat, and he also confirmed it should not have the strong odor like I'm describing. He almost wonders if they didn't take out the bile duct, or possibly left the guts in. He also said rabbit meat produces a very strong enzyme that is quite nasty, if the meat is not frozen quickly after processing, it will quickly begin to go ransid. Hmmmmmm! Red flags going up all over.
This other rabbitry place is 4 hours away, and they only deliver to our area every 6 weeks, they were here last week. BUT, he said he is coming to our area for personal reasons on friday. His wife, however, doesn't like it when he mixes business with pleasure, so he's not sure if he will be able to get me any supply or not. I will hear from him tomorrow. Cross your fingers for me please! I told him it would just be a one time deal, and I'm really in a bind.
In the mean time, I went to pick up a bag of Natures Variety rabbit, but I hate feeding it, they still itched when I fed it. Patches, as I figured, won't eat it, or the beef, so she'll get kibble until I can get the new rabbit here. Dave said if he can't deliver it friday, we'll take a drive. What a nice hubby!
The owner of this other rabbitry facility at least knows what he's talking about. He seemed very educated when I spoke with him. He better be.........it's $1 more per pound!