Rabbit and Cavy Projects

Rabbit Projects


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
**approved NYS 4-H activity – Feb. 2016

NEW!  Rabbit Hopping and Agility from NJ.



NYS Rabbit Project Record Book
The Rabbit Basics Manual
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):

Secondary Resources:

Rabbit Resource Links:


Cavy Projects


This rapidly growing program is appropriate for all 4-H members from age 5 to 19 and from the inner city to the most remote rural areas. Cavies now have their own show and contests at the State Fair.

Cavy Project Record Book

Recommended Readings: (check your local library)

  • 4-H Cavy Project Leader Guide from Washington State University EM4664
  • Cavy Resource Handbook: A 4-H Guide to Guinea Pigs
  • Your Guinea Pig. A Kid’s Guide to Raising and Showing by Wanda L. Curran, A Storey Publishing Book, available directly from publisher or check your favorite book store.
  • Diseases of Domestic Guinea Pigs, second edition by V.C.G. Richardson, Library of Veterinary Science. Distributor, Blackwell Science Inc., Commerce Place, 350 Main Street Malden, MA 02148 5018. Can be purchased at your favorite bookstore.
  • The Guinea Pig Handbook (Barron’s Pet Handbooks) by Sharon Vanderlip D.V.M. Check your favorite bookstore.

Here are more internet sources of useful cavy information, gathered by 4H leaders:


Contact: Dana Palmer