Youth Rabbit Program

The South Carolina 4-H Rabbit Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition, housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities, and in preparation for an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Rabbit Project.

2021 Rabbit Shows

There are a number of rabbit shows around South Carolina.  if you are interested in participating or just want to check them out, please check out the following information.

  

Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe Rabbit Show

March 5, 2022

Cherokee County 4-H Livestock Show

March 12, 2022

 

2021 SC 4-H Rabbit Project

Upcoming 4-H Rabbit Opportunities
  • 4-H Rabbit Presentation Contest due November 29, 2021 @ 11:59pm
  • Rabbit Knowledge Test November 29, 2021-December 17, 2021

Do you know your rabbits? Test your gained knowledge in the Rabbit Knowledge Test. This is a formal opportunity for you to showcase you expertise in all areas rabbit! 4-H'ers will make an appointment to visit their county 4-H Youth Development Agent in the Clemson Extension office facilities. Each participant will be given the written test to complete onsite. Prizes/awards will be awarded for high scores!

Schedule your appointment between November 29, 2021- December 17, 2021. 

The 2021 SC 4-H Rabbit Project is an independent project open to 4-H members ages 5-18. It is the responsibility of the youth and his/her family to secure a rabbit for the project. It does not matter what breed of rabbit you select. You must be registered by April 30, 2021,to be eligible for project awards,and your rabbit must be secured by May 30.

The registration fee of $15 to participate in the project includes:

  • Free participation in a statewide virtual rabbit clinic on June 17 and possible in-person regional clinics depending upon COVID19 regulations
  • Access to Rabbit Record Book on caring for and raising rabbits into healthy adult rabbits
  • Opportunity to participate in a regional rabbit show
  • Educational opportunities including access to the Youth Academy of Livestock Learning Rabbit Modules
  • Project Newsletter

Expectations and Requirements of Participants:

  • Provide quality care of your rabbit 
  • All participants are encouraged to participate in a minimum of two shows
  • All participants must complete a record book
  • Additional opportunities include but are not limited to: Presentations Contest, Rabbit Quiz Bowl, and Rabbit Knowledge Test

Record Books

Record keeping is an essential skill that you will learn as part of the 4-H Rabbit project.  You will turn this Record Book in to your local 4-H Agent upon completion. Try to work on your Record Book at least once per week, and that way you won't have to try to complete the whole book at the very end of the project.
At the end of the project, your Record Book will be judged and recognized with a 4-H prize and/or award. 
You may include any activities or events during the 2021 calendar year in your record book.
Access digital copies of the record books by clicking on the buttons below. Each record book is a fill-able PDF. Record books may be completed through the fill-able PDF version or by printing and filling in by hand.

Cloverbud Rabbit Record Book

Junior Rabbit Record Book

Senior Rabbit Record Book

Cold weather preparation for rabbits 
We have reviewed heat preparations for rabbits and we are continuing to experience those warm temperatures in the low country of SC! This warmth won't last and it is time to start thinking about preparing your rabbit for the cooler temperatures to come.

" Rabbits are more able to cope with cold weather conditions than hot conditions, but given the wrong conditions, rabbits can suffer from exposure, frostbite, and decreased body temperature." - Brett Kreifels, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Click on the link to read the full article.
Cold Weather Care for Rabbits  

If you have additional questions or need assistance locating a rabbit, contact your local 4-H agent or your regional rabbit project coordinator at:

 Pee Dee Region: Freddricka Pressley, fpressl@clemson.edu

 Midlands Region: Julia Cox, julia7@clemson.edu 

 Savannah Valley Region: Molly Jones, mjone35@clemson.edu 

 Upstate Region: Laura Haddon, lhaddon@clemson.edu

Note: A one-time $15 4-H membership fee is required per year per participant. With the membership, youth will receive a t-shirt as well as access to everything else 4-H has to offer. If you are not already a member, contact your local 4-H Extension Agent. You must remain an active 4-H member throughout the entirety of the project. The 4-H year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31 annually. Membership may be renewed by visiting https://v2.4honline.com 

 

  • What is the sibling rule for the Rabbit Project?
    A rabbit can only be registered to be shown by two 4-Hers if the family only owns one rabbit. The 4-Hers MUST be in separate age groups. A “sibling rule” rabbit can be shown in up to two showmanship classes and one breed class per show.
  • If I miss the project deadline can I still participate in the project events?
    If you miss the April 30, 2021 deadline you are still eligible to participate in shows and clinics (possibly at an additional cost) if you are a current 4-H member. You can still complete a record book and receive feedback but you will not be eligible for year-end awards.
  • What is a 4-H Sanctioned Show?
    A 4-H sanctioned show is a show that is hosted by a 4-H county program, club, or volunteers that meets all the following guidelines:
    • Uses the 4-H age groups (Cloverbuds ages 5 – 8, Juniors ages 9 – 13, and Seniors ages 14 – 18)
    • Classes may be combined if a show deems that registration numbers are too low for separate classes
    • Cloverbud classes are considered a non-competitive division, but participants will still receive feedback.
    • It requires youth to show only the rabbits they have declared as their project animals on the project’s animal identification form. Project animals must be declared to the project no less than 10 days before being exhibited in their first show.
    • Will use the SC 4-H Rabbit Project Showmanship Score sheet or the ARBA Showmanship Score sheet
  • What are the reporting dates for the record book?
    You may include any activities or events during the 2021 calendar year in your record book.

Knowledge Resources

National 4-H Curriculum

American Rabbit Breeders Association