Rabbits is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Rabbits.
What you can do in this project: learn about selecting and handling rabbits; identify rabbit breeds and body parts; explore health issues and feeding.
Resources: 08080, What’s Hoppening?
4H369I, 4-H Rabbit Project Health Supplement
What you can do in this project: learn to select show rabbits; give oral reasons and judge rabbits; learn to tattoo; detect diseases; keep records of animals.
Resource: 08081, Making Tracks
What you can do in this project: learn about breeding and genetics; design a rabbitry; market rabbits; learn about disease prevention and rabbit registration.
Resource: 08082, All Ears!
Want to learn more about Rabbits? Try the links below.
Rabbits Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including rabbits. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.
Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.
Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.
Wisconsin State Fair
Annual 11-day event held in August at State Fair Park, West Allis, WI.
The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.
- Application for Registration as a Registered Judge for Wisconsin Fairs (1 page, 20 KB) Form to use if you want to become a registered judge in Wisconsin.
- County Fair Exhibit Ideas – Rabbits (1 page, 27 KB)
There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Rabbits Project. Just follow these links!
American Rabbit Breeders Association
Organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy. With over 30,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad, its members range from the pet owner with one rabbit or cavy to the breeder or commercial raiser with several hundred animals.
Site dedicated to rabbit health and medicine.
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.
Wisconsin State Rabbit Breeders Association
WSRBA is a state-wide organization dedicated to the promotion of rabbits and the education of its members.
For more information on the 4-H Rabbits Project, contact the following:
Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on rabbits and cavies.
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.