NYS 4-H Youth Development Program

Department of Animal Science

Rabbit Programs


rabbit show

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.

Super Bunnies Video
Competitive Bunny Jumping Video
**Not an official 4-H event (yet)

NYS Rabbit Project Record Book

The Rabbit Basics Manual (pdf format)

Rabbit Science Decathlon

Video - Rabbit Presentation from a Madison County 4-H member.

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.

Secondary Resources:

Rabbit Resource Links:

Rabbit Housing

Rabbit References

ARBA Homepage

NY Rabbit and Cavy Breeders Association

Angora Care Information

Rabbit Behavior: Interpreting behavior and understanding the rabbit.

Rabbit Parasites: Diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of parasite related disease in rabbits.

Grooming: Care of long and short haired rabbits, moulting, fleas, nail clipping, etc.

Diseases of Rabbits: The symptoms, treatment, and prevention of many rabbit diseases.

Diet, Environment, and Handling: Description of feeding, nutrition, and types of feeds as well as housing options, handling, and health problems.

Rabbit Research at TAMUK

USDA Rabbit from Farm to Table Fact Sheet

North East Beginning Farmers website

World Rabbit Science Association

Contact: Dana Palmer