Description: This project is suitable for youngsters of all ages from urban, suburban and rural communities. Lessons include all aspects of rabbit management and the science behind it. Young people learn about animal care, health, nutrition, physiology, breeding, genetics, housing, behavior, record keeping and presenting themselves and their animals to the public. Some participants may choose to enter their rabbits in shows and fairs or to produce meat and fur, but neither activity is required. Students may be challenged by the many-faceted Rabbit Science Decathlon, held each year at the State Fair and similar exercises held in many counties.
The Rabbit Basics Manual (pdf format)
Audience: Youth 5 to 19 years of age.
Primary Resources(and sources of Rabbit Science Decathlon questions):
- Kansas State University 4-H Rabbit Curriculum (available from Cornell Animal Science Dept.)
- Your Rabbit: A Kid's Guide to raising and Showing Rabbits. 1992. by Nancy Searle. Garden Way Publishing, Storey Communications, Pownal, Vermont 05261
- Rabbit Production, 8th edition. Cheeke, Patton, Lukefahr and McNitt. Interstate Publishers, Inc. P.O. Box 50, Danville, Illinois 61834-0050.
- American Rabbit Breeders Standard of Perfection 2011 - 2015 and Official Guide Book to Raising Rabbits & Cavies.
- Ohio State University Learning Lab Kits are available at the Ohio State website (linked above) or by contacting Communications and Technology Media Distribution (614) 292-1607 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
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