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Alabama 4-H

4-H Rabbit Project-Pilot Program

4-H Rabbit Project

What is it?

The 4-H rabbit project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising rabbits. Your participation in the 4-H rabbit project will help you….

  • Learn to produce healthy rabbits
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills (income and expenses)
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

How the Rabbit Project works: 2 ways

  1. Pet rabbits – You bring your own pet rabbit or rabbits (no more than 2) to the show. You will use this form to register but you will not buy rabbits through the 4-H office. You will still be invited to both meetings before the show.
  2. Market rabbits – You order rabbits using this form. These rabbits are meat rabbits. New Zealand White is the breed. You will bring 2 rabbits to the show.

Around June 1st you will receive 3 weaned rabbits. You will care for these rabbits for approximately 14 weeks. At this time, you will bring the 2 best rabbits to the County 4-H Rabbit Show and Sale. If you bring your 2 rabbits to the show and sale, you will be judged on showmanship and a pen of 2.

Who can participate?

Any young person age 9 through 18 as of January 1 of the project year can participate. You do not have to be a current 4-H member; however, you will need to complete a 4-H enrollment form if you are not a member.

Participation in the Rabbit Project

Prior to receiving your rabbits you and a parent will attend a mandatory training session. At this meeting you will receive valuable information to assist you in preparing for and raising your rabbits. You also will be given the designated Extension office site and date for acquiring your rabbits.

Rabbit Production Manual

For more information, please contact Dr. Brigid McCrea, Extension Specialist

Alabama Cooperative Extension Alabama 4-H Staff The Alabama 4 H Club Foundation


The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under 18 U.S.C. 707.