When I learned what 4-H was, I thought it would be smart to join to learn about the rabbit I was raising. Joining turned out to be a great idea.
First, I had no idea how to actually handle my rabbit. I obviously did not want to hurt my rabbit, and I didn’t want to scare him, either. I learned how to support his body properly, how to check for ear mites, and how to check his teeth.
|My first rabbit, Indy. My sweetest rabbit unfortunately had a heart condition. He passed away in June.|
Because he was a French angora, I learned about wool block and how to treat it. At one of the 4-H shows, I learned I was feeding him and my other rabbit the wrong feed. Contrary to what a 4-H member told us, French angoras actually need a lower protein feed, about 15-16%, rather than the 18% I was feeding them.
I also learned that I was over-plucking my rabbits.
|Ninja joined the rabbitry in November 2013, two days before Thanksgiving.|
There are great opportunities for leadership, though I have not yet run for office. I probably will next time elections are held.
In showmanship, which I was really afraid of, I learned how to show my rabbit properly and that it was really a lot of fun. It is actually a health check that also helps me to identify better rabbits.
Finally, I also really learn a lot at shows. I get advice on feed and care. If I have a new rabbit, I can take it and ask a 4-H leader to judge it, which has been really successful.