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The rabbit project teaches proper meethods of caring for, raising, breeding and marketing rabbits.  Youth particpating in this project can choose to raise rabbits for market (breeding and raising rabbits for meat); breeding (breeding and raising rabbits for desired or unique characteristics); and pets (raising rabbits for companionship).  Many county 4-H programs have established clubs that support youth in their rabbit projects.  Contact your 4-H agent for more information.

Curriculum and Resources

Project Description - PDF (coming soon!)

Volunteer Description - PDF (coming soon!)


National 4-H Curriculum Resources

Rabbit Helper's Guide 

Rabbit 1: What's Hoppening?

Rabbit 2: Making Tracks

Rabbit 3: All Ears 

National 4-H Online Resources


Additional Resources 

4-H Rabbit Showmanship (Texas guidelines adopted for use in Kentucky)

Guide to Showmanship Supplemental Information (Colorado Guidelines) 

Rabbit Showmanship Score Card 

Rabbit Terms & Breed Information 

Rabbit Learning Laboratory Kit 

  • Kits may be purchased using the above information. Two kits are available to borrow by contacting Ashley Osborne at the Kentucky State 4-H Office.


Video/Online Resources

Companion Animals/Rabbits Website (

Rabbit Showmanship Video (


State Fair Information - "Rabbits 6009" 

State Contact: Ashley Osborne, Extension Specialist for 4-H Youth Development; Office: 208 Scovell Hall, University of Kentucky; Mailing address: 212 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546; Phone: 859-218-0986; Fax: 859-257-7180; Email: