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.
Audience: Youth 5 to 19 years of age.
(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 2016 – 2020 and Official Guide Book to Raising Better Rabbits & Cavies.
- Rabbit Resource Handbook for Breeding, Market, and Pet Rabbit Projects. Product Code: 228R
- 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.
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