What age to Tattoo?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Corky, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Corky

    Corky New Member

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    I was shocked to realize that even though I have raised and sold goats for several years now , I have NEVER sold a bottle baby.

    Thats a fact. No real reason other than no one wanted a bottle baby before.

    I Dam raise so it is not a big problem. They really don't eat all that much grain before weening but now I may be selling bottle babies and I need to know if I tatoo them this small will the tatoos be there when they are grown?
    Are their ears even big enough (American Alpine)at a week or less old?
     
  2. Tracy in Idaho

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    I always tattoo at the same time I disbud them. I like to get it over with all at once. The tattoos will still be there when they grow up :)
    I know a Togg breeder who tattoos hers at birth!

    Tracy
     

  3. ozark_jewels

    ozark_jewels New Member

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    I tattoo my Nubians at the same time as I disbudd. Its a load off my mind when its done. ;)
    My Lamanchas I wait as long as I possibly can....hate tattooing those *tiny* tail webs. :lol
     
  4. Corky

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    Thanks Ladies. I felt silly for asking after all this time. :blush
     
  5. SherrieC

    SherrieC Active Member

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    but ya know you can tatoo a 4 yr old who's never been and the appraiser's coming..
     
  6. Corky

    Corky New Member

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    :biggrin Yes Sherri, Thats the kind of tatooing I am familier with.
    I still have not tatooed last years doeling that I kept. :nooo
     
  7. Chaty

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    Me either...I still have 4 from last year and now have 5 this year...oh well they will get done when I can find the times...got 4 disbudded yesterday but didnt do the tattoo yet ears too little for me...
     
  8. mill-valley

    mill-valley New Member

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    I usually tattoo at disbudding, also have Alpines. The tattoo will grow with the ear.
     
  9. Kaye White

    Kaye White New Member

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    :rofl I tattoo at disbudding too...only 'cause with a whole bunch of brown/white babies...by the time the tattoo is readable, it's time for the cute paper collars to come off. Then no mistaken identities. :lol
    Kaye
     
  10. pettigrewfarms

    pettigrewfarms New Member

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    I also tattoo at disbudding time for I like to get the crying over with and give out the love.
     
  11. Corky

    Corky New Member

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    Tatooing at disbudding time sounds Ok to me but I don't know when I will be disbudding these girls. They don't have any buttons yet and they are 5 days old.
    I usually disbud boys at 3 days and the bigger girls and then the smaller girls at 5 days. I have never had a polled goat so I doubt these are. I will just check every day till I feel them. :?
     
  12. Cotton Eyed Does

    Cotton Eyed Does New Member

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    All of my dairy babies are disbudded and tattooed except the last 2 that was born Sunday. Their ears just seem too little to me for my pliars to fit into. I even tattooed my 2 year old and yearling that I never got around to :blush2
     
  13. I like to tattoo at about 6-8 weeks. I do kids sooner that are leaving soon but on keeper kids or kids that are getting picked up later I wait. I think it is much easier to get a good tattoo in tiny Alpine ears when you can actully fit it all in:)
    Becky