So my hunterdwarf has been out in the field, and he's killed and hauled back some chinchilla corpses to my butcher shop. The only problem is that when the corpses are placed in the butcher shop neither does it trigger an automatic butcher animal job, nor will it let me manually assign the job. If I manually assign it'll just give the announcement:

Blah blah, Farmer cancels butcher an animal: Needs butcherable nearby unrotten item.

As far as I can tell from the wiki etc. any animal that my hunters kill should be butcherable, so I have no idea why it wont let my dwarfs feast on delicious small furry animals.

Screenshot of butcher shop:

Just left of center!

  • Did you try skinning and tanning the cincilla? Sound like a more sensible option with that kind of critter...;-)
    – Yaztromo
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 18:42

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Chincillas are small.

So small, in fact, that butchering them will yield no meat at all.

The Dwarven Butcher realizes this, and decides that butchering the corpse for no meat isn't worth the effort, and simply ignores it.

Essentially, your dwarves are lazy, but in this case, they're actually being productively lazy instead of uselessly lazy (wasting time butchering things for no return).

  • Rabbits and some of the new non-vermin birds are like this too. Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 17:50
  • So basically my hunterdwarf is just out there killing small furry animals for fun?
    – BigStuuu
    Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 17:57
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    @BigStuuu Yup. They'll hunt skeletal wildlife too, despite the fact that those guys don't butcher to meat, either. Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 18:31
  • Bones are great though.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 20:20
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    @PaulZ I'm pretty sure you can make totems out of skulls, which you can then place in a public area for happiness or sell.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Apr 12, 2012 at 1:07

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