There are many very good reasons for placing a permanent identification tattoo. The main reason is to be in compliance with ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) show rules, which mandate that:
SECTION 26. All animals must be permanently and legibly earmarked in the left ear. The tattoo is to only contain numerals 0-9 and/or letters A-Z. The tattoo is to contain no language of a profane or sexual nature.
(A) An exhibitor may not enter more than one animal in the same class with the same ear number or ear tag number.
(B) Rabbits not legibly earmarked must be disqualified from the class. Legibility of the earmark is at the discretion of the judge. This ruling also applies to rabbits with leg bands. In addition to a leg band they must also have a legible earmark in the left ear.
(C) Cavies not legibly earmarked or tagged with an ear tag must be disqualified from the class.
Source: OFFICIAL SHOW RULES OF THE AMERICAN RABBIT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION, INC., effective January 1, 2013. Section 26.
Other reasons to tattoo (for those who do not show) are for certain breeds which are all the same variety (color). For example, New Zealand White, Californian, Champagne d’Argent, American Chinchilla, to name a few. This enables the breeder to keep track of ancestry and be able to record information pertaining to a particular rabbit more accurately.
Below are a couple of videos of the pen in use. The first is a few years old, using an old worn out beach towel to wrap her in. The second is much more recent, trying out a new wrap I got from Lynn’s Wrap-n-Tats.
I love the wrap, and I’m sure with practice I’ll be quicker with it. The rabbit was nice and secure, which helps prevent injury.
Tattoo Pen Kits
Getting started with rabbits of good quality from reputable breeders is important for a successful endeavor. It can also be quite expensive. I’ve put together a tattoo pen kit that is reasonably priced without compromising on quality, and offer replacement parts so that you can be assured of consistent performance and ready availability of replacement tips and inks. Below you will find a detailed description of what’s included in my tattoo pen kit and close ups of the colors I generally have available. Then visit my store to order your kit!