WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Do you know children with an interest in rabbits or guinea pigs? Chester County 4-H will be introducing the NEW Wild Clover Rabbit & Cavy Club this October. Rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs) are the perfect animal for many 4-H members who do not have enough land to own livestock. The club is intended to teach members the proper care and management of these animals. At meetings, club members will learn about handling and grooming techniques, proper care and nutrition, husbandry practices, breeding, and showing. Animal ownership is not required.
What better way for a child to learn the ins and outs of animal ownership before committing to a lifetime of care than through the experience that 4-H can offer? Members will expand their interests in rabbits and guinea pigs through career exploration and hands-on experiences related to grooming, following experienced advice for raising and caring, and maintaining record books. There is nothing like working with a small animal to help young people feel connected and boost confidence.
This club is open to members, ages 5-18. The meetings will be held at the Romano 4-H Center, starting October 11, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. If interested, please sign up after October 1st through https://4h.zsuite.org . Once signed up, select the Wild Clover Rabbit & Cavy Club.
4-H Animal Science projects provide the opportunity for members to delve deeper into nutrition, health, nutrient management, marketing, reproduction, careers and more. 4-H Animal Science projects offer experiences with livestock, dairy, equine, and companion animals for youth. The skills learned in raising animals also carry over into other aspects of 4-H life. For further information on the 4-H program in Chester County, contact the Penn State Extension Office at 610-696-3500.
–Penn State Extension