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4-H Small Animals Project

October 23, 2019
Small Animal

The 4-H small animal 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.

Level 1 (grades 3-5)

Level 2 (grades 6-8)

Level 3 (grades 9-12)




State 4-H Pet (Small Animal) Website

Pets 1: Pet Pals (grades 3-5)

Pets 2: Scurrying Ahead (grades 6-8)

Pets 3: Scaling the Heights (grades 9-12)

* Manuals can be purchased online at the Education Store or the Lake County Extension office

Pet Activity Poster (kids' page)

General Exhibit Requirements

Manual Required (3 Activities)

  1. All small animals to be exhibited must be listed on the Livestock Entry Form for the Fair due July 1.
  2. Small Animal educational options must be exhibited at the 4-H Building at poster judging (see schedule).
  3. Educational posters or displays must include a 3x5 card with references on the back of the educational option. Posters will be judged by level: Level 1 (grades 3-5), Level 2 (grades 6-8), and Level 3 (grades 9-12).
  4. A Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Champion, and Reserve Champion will be awarded.
  5. Members are responsible for bringing exhibit cages (no cardboard boxes). All cages should be clean and neat.
  6. Members will be judged according to their ability to handle their animals, except birds. If a member cannot be present for judging, another 4-H member can show the animals.
  7. Members are allowed one entry per class with a limit of ten total entries.
  8. All animals must be acquired by May 1 of the current year.
  9. Ice packs or fans should be supplied by any exhibitors who need them for cooling their small animals.
  10. All Guinea Pig classes will be judged according to the American Rabbit Breeders Association rules.
  11. Ferrets must have rabies shot and provide vaccination certificate.
  12. Quail, dove, and other wild game birds are to be judged in Poultry and not Small Animals.

Guinea Pig

Reptiles - Amphibians (Non-Poisonous)

Birds (No Pigeons)

Other Mammals (Rats, Mice, Ferrets, Chinchillas, Etc.)





Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!

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