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Tattooing? how?

Post Number:#1  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:03 am


So basically my rabbit is pregnant with my first pedigreed litter and I want to tattoo their ears because I acualy want to identify the rabbits. None of the parents have tattoos or are registered. I have a few questions and hope you guys could help me
How do I register and Rabbit?(should I....)
How do I come up with a tattoo number?
Should I become a member of the ARBA?(just did)
Do I tattoo them myself and if so where do I get a stamp?(pen or stamp?)
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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#2  Unread postby MeadowView » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:26 pm


To register a rabbit, they must be fully pedigreed to start. That means a three generation pedigree. All ancestors must have a tattoo number, a recorded weight that falls into the breed standard and be of an accepted color. In addition, the rabbit you are registering must meet breed standards and be free of DQs. You also must be an ARBA member.

Tattoo numbers can be anything that isn’t profane. Many breeders have a system where certain numbers or letters mean different things, but for me the best tattoos are the rabbits name or an abbreviation of it. For example I have a rabbit named spike, his tattoo is SPK. A number means nothing to me. A name means everything.

Are you working with one breed specifically and showing them? If so, yes, become an ARBA member! The resources you get from there are worth the membership fee. If not, don’t bother There are many resources online for meat and pet rabbit breeding.

Personally I like pen tattooers better. It’s hard to NOT hurt a rabbit with a clamp. Anywhere that sells rabbit supplies should have both options available. If you go the pen route, practice on a banana. If you go the clamp route, practice on a piece of cardboard to gauge how hard you actually need to press. Each kit will come with instructions.

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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#3  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:11 am


Do rabbits have to have registration # or ear # to pedigree the babies?

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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#4  Unread postby MeadowView » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:53 am


They should be tattooed, yes. Registered, no. If you can’t do it, there are usually people at shows who will. Just IMO though. If you are selling pedigreed rabbits as show or breeding prospects the parents need to be tattooed.

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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#5  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:15 pm


What do you recommend for tattooing? Clamp or pen?

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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#6  Unread postby SableSteel » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:09 pm


MeadowView wrote: Personally I like pen tattooers better. It’s hard to NOT hurt a rabbit with a clamp.


I agree, I prefer pen. You probably should have researched this all before breeding if you were planning on pedigreeing the babies, though. The parents don't need ear #'s but I personally would not ever buy a 'pedigreed' kit from parents without ear tattoos. That indicates not only a poor record keeping system but also that the parents had not been shown. Most rabbits aren't registered. You should become a member of ARBA if you are even vaguely interested in breeding rabbits. You can choose whatever tattoo you want, EXCEPT: it has to be alphanumeric (A-Z, 0-9, no symbols such as &, - or '), nothing inappropriate (I once registered a rabbit who's grand sire was named F*ckface, yikes), and relatively short (ARBA has no max for tattoo length, but max of 30 for name length. Pedigree programs and show programs often don't like more than 6 characters)
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Re: Starting with no idea PLEASE HELP ME

Post Number:#7  Unread postby golden rabbitry » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:55 pm


Well I wasn't planning on the rabbit breeding thing to go so far, but the rabbits I do have have pedigreed and tattooed parents, I just have to tattoo them. I plan on just doing the first 2 letters of the sires name, first 2 of does, the litter #, and even # if female, odd if male(going through 1-9)

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