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Atchison County


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Are You Into It? 

In the rabbit project you can learn about selection and raising your animals, and dive into health issues, management practices and careers!

• Learn the basic principles of animal science by owning, caring for, and keeping records on your rabbit(s)
• Explore knowledge of sound breeding, feeding, and management practices
• Investigate marketing, project expansion and how you can start a career in the rabbit business

Here's What You Can Do All Year! 


Take Rabbits Further ! 

Here are other opportunities to explore Rabbits:
• Contact your county KSU Extension office for other local workshops, activities, and events
• Tour a rabbit producer’s farm
• Attend a rabbit show and observe the judge and their techniques
• Attend a rabbit project meeting
• Design a business card or marketing brochure for your farm
• Write an educational article about some aspect of rabbit production for your newspaper
• Participate in a rabbit skillathon
• Organize a rabbit showmanship contest
• Attend a national rabbit conference
• Ride with a local veterinarian to learn about animal health
• Learn about the different uses for rabbits; meat vs. non-meat production
• Is it fair time? Consider showing in your County Fair rabbit show or the Kansas State Fair.
• Interested in a college education in animal science or veterinary medicine? Schedule a visit with Kansas State University to explore those majors. www.ksu.edu


KSU Project Page

Fair Resources

Small Animal Exhibit Card

Department T:  Rabbits

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


• Design a poster on parts of the animal
• Participate in a judging contest and give oral reasons
• Explain the use of rabbits for meat production


• Volunteer your rabbit(s) for a community activity (i.e., nursing home, ag activity, etc.)
• Hand out food samples at your local grocery store
• Volunteer to help at the county fair rabbit show


• Invite other 4-H members to tour your farm
• Teach others how to safely handle rabbits
• Lead a rabbit selection and feeding clinic
• Lead a tattoo clinic and project workshops

Exhibit Ideas

• Participate in the 4-H rabbit show
   - Standard Bred Rabbits
   - Market Rabbits
        Meat Pen
        Single Fryer
   - Presentations and Posters
   - Showmanship
• Consider an exhibit, notebook or display showing what you’ve learned in a rabbit-related topic
  - Economic value of a rabbit
  - Preparing an emergency medical kit
  - Genetic variations and line-breeding
  - Feeding rations
  - Preventative vaccinations
  - Photos of different breeds
  - Daily routine in caring for animals
  - Grooming techniques
  - Developing a breeding herd
  - Video interview with a rabbit producer
  - Best care techniques for newborns
  - Constructing a nest box
  - How to properly tattoo a rabbit
  - Expanding your rabbit knowledge into other 4-H projects