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Small Animals

April 9, 2020

The 4-H pet educational program and related activities provide youth a fun and hands-on learning experiences directly related to animal care, feeding, housing, and management. Youth develop important life skills such as decision making, goal setting, record keeping, time management and communication.

For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.

Project and Exhibit Requirements:

  1. Members must complete three activities in the project manual each year along with a record sheet. Completed manual and record sheet must be turned in by the established and posted date.
  2. Project is organized in three levels:
    1. Level 1 (Grades 3-5)
    2. Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
    3. Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
  3. Animals requiring special permits to hold in captivity will not be allowed.
    1. Small animals suitable for exhibit in this project are household pets normally housed in a cage. Examples are: gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, hedgehogs, frogs, turtles, lizards, hermit crabs, non-venomous snakes and birds such as canaries, finches, parakeets or parrots. Other small animals not listed must be approved by 4-H Council. A written request must be submitted by July 1st.
  4. Small animal chosen for exhibit must be in 4-H member’s possession and care by May 15th.
  5. Members must be able to talk about and handle their pet for judging, members are to provide their own cage and equipment which they will want to exhibit during judging to show the animals habitat.
  6. Small Animals will only be at the Adams County 4-H Fair during judging and released to go home after judging.  
  7. If the 4-H member’s small animal dies before the fair, the member may write an essay about their animal and put it with their records when turning them in. A member may not show another pet at the last minute.
  8. Premiums and Grand Champions will be determined by the method stated in the Adams County 4-H Governing Rules under the General Project Rules section.



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