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Rabbits & Cavies

Rabbits, and the newly added Cavies, are the cornerstone of any 4-H Program and Manistee County 4-H is no exception.

Youth, ages 5 to 19, are eligible to show and market* Rabbits and Cavies with 4-H at the Manistee County Fair.

Cavies, or Guinea pigs, are a new 4-H Animal to Manistee County's program. It was introduced in 2017 with the hope of encouraging youth living in town or families who may not be ready for a larger animal, that there is still a space for them and you in 4-H and at the Fair!

*The current rules, under the by-laws of the Manistee County 4-H Livestock Council, state that all 4-H participants MUST complete one year of SHOWMANSHIP ONLY before they can market an animal. Cloverbud years DO count towards this requirement. No 4-Her may market ANY animal until 4-H age 8.

Possession Dates & Minimum/Maximum Weights

Rabbits must be NO MORE THAN (maximum) eleven (11) weeks or 77 days old by CHECK-IN Day of the Fair.

Minimum weight for Rabbits is three (3) pounds, Maximum weight is six (6) pounds.

Market Rabbits (Roaster Class) minimum weight is six (6) pounds and be a pen of three (3).

Cavies currently have no age or weight requirements. They are also not eligible for Market.

Purchase or Proof of Origin MUST be provided for ALL Livestock Animals.

Rabbit & Cavy Resources

Cavy 4-H Showmanship

Rabbit 4-H Showmanship

National 4-H Rabbit Curriculum

Rabbit & Cavy Organizations

Cavy 4-H Leaders Supplement

4-H Rabbit Snapshot!

Learn how to best care for your Rabbit during the Winter months.

Learn the importance of Freshwater for your rabbit!

Learn how to best care for your Rabbit during the Summer months.

Rabbit Tracks!

Mark Your Calendar!

Registration of your Rabbit and/or Cavy 4-H Animal Project for Show and/or Market is due June 25! Click the button to be taken to the registration form.

4-H Rabbit & Cavy Projects can be registered by filling out:

  • the Fillable PDF and emailing it as an attachment to the Manistee Livestock Council or 4-H Program Coordinator


  • by filling out the Google Form and submitting it Online

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