I personally do not butcher them--dh does. He shoots them in the head w/a .22 rifle and then slits the throat to bleed them out. He just doesn't wanna break necks to dispatch them. He then pretty much peels the skin right off, like taking off a sweater.
For chickens, he does not pluck them. He skins them just like rabbits, but rabbits are still easier, he says.
We started w/Satins, but they just weren't a good bunch. We loved that we got free feeders/wire hutches for them, so we started looking for New Zealand or Californians. Florida Whites are also good meat rabbits, but a bit smaller than the NZ or Cali.
We bought rolls of cage wire, and made more hutches, plus we just scored some really cool wood and wire hutches from Freecycle. We scored free a/c ductboard from Craigslist and we have the does inside our carport shed 10'x20'. We insulated and put in a/c since they don't do well w/heat and humidity, so now they are happy, happy! We do live in TX, so it's HOT. We have our 3 bucks outside under the covered part of the carport, and are about to enclose that area, but probably not w/a/c. We'll set up a mister and fans out there. We'll mostly keep the ones we are growing for meat out there. Our best does and bucks need to be cool. My teen is home from college for the summer and is getting together w/our goat milk lady to make a windmill to power our rabbitry soon! I'm so excited!
As far as preferring one breed of meat rabbit over another because of kids, when I say they have a different temperament, I mean that they just aren't so cuddly and cutsie. They don't bite, but we do have one doe who will attack w/her front feet and nose when you open her door and reach in, but mostly does it right before she is about to kindle, so I really don't blame her! If they are handled on a regular basis, they should be fine. Any that are really truly mean are supper.
FYI...Domestic rabbit does not taste like wild rabbit. They are ALL white meat, and are tender and yummy, and taste like chicken breast. The meat also is higher in protein and lower in fat and calories than chicken breast!
oh, and a great place for getting all your bunny supplies is bunnyrabbit.com We got our gravity feed watering system supplies and door edges/latches, etc. from there.