Two lines of chick-peas (Cicer arietinum), selected for animal nutrition, have been introduced at 0% - 10 % or 20 % in complete pelleted diets for growing rabbits. The 5 diets were distributed ad libitum for 6 weeks to 30 day old rabbits, caged individually (20 per group). The average growth daily gain was high - 39.0 g/day - without differences between diets. The only difference was a greater amount of digestible energy needed for 1 g of weight gain with 20 % of the second line of chick-pea (26.2%proteins) : 7.86 kcal ED/g versus 7.17 to 7.49 for the 4 other experimental diets, including the 2 diets with the first chick-pea line (22.5% proteins). Digestibility study of the 5 diets indicates a high digestible energy concentration for chick-pea 3100-3200 kcal/kg as fed and a moderate to high digestibility of proteins : 70 to 82%. No special problems of mortality have been observed : 3 died rabbits out of 100.