When you first start your rabbitry you only have a few and so it’s easy to tell who is who. Than you try to move them around to get the best setting and who sits best next to who (because not all rabbits get along). Than you get to the point where rabbits breed like rabbits, you buy more rabbits, and you soon find yourself asking the dangerous question: which rabbit is this?!
Don’t get to that point. It’s not fun.
The easiest way to identify your rabbits is to use rabbit labels. These can be as simple as index cards or card stock and writing the gender and name on them. You could include more info such as the tattoo number, birthdate, or anything else you may want at a glance but most of the information should be kept on your rabbit records so it isn’t easily lost.
For our label system all the rabbits have if they are bucks or does. We keep the bucks labels pretty simple: tattoo number, name, birthday. Breeding does have everything listed above and a simple breeding record; all other details on breeding does are on the rabbit record on our computer. When the kits are old enough to be separated from the mother they are sexed, put in their own cages, and their card is a basic gender and birthday and a star if we intent on showing the rabbit.
The label system really helps you see at a glance who it is, what it is, and how old it is. The labels can be as simple as an index card that slides in and out of the J- feeder and can be moved to a transport cage so you never lose track of your rabbits.
We have also used clear name tag sleeves with metal clip tags and those work even better for keeping them dry in the elements and also easily moved.
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Darrick and Kay