Tattooing with henna

Discussion in 'Goats' started by sancraft, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. sancraft

    sancraft Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2002
    My goats are going to have to come to my property about a week before we get there full time. All 68 of my chickens and guineas were stolen from my neighbor's house. I want to mark my goats to make sure I can locate them in the event they become missing. I will be going up every other day. My question - Can I tattoo their ears with henna. I even thought about tattooing their bodies with I belong to Sandra Mathis, phone # xxx-xxx-xxxx. I am not for sale. Please call my owner. I have been stolen. Would this work?
  2. natybear

    natybear Well-Known Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    Maybe, but only for 3 weeks. And goats can go to auction and end up over 100 miles away within just a few days. Henna is supposed to fade after a while isn't it? I think the goats would be gone and so would the tattoos. If you found a vet that could micro chip them they will always be findable, I don't know how expensive it is though. Good luck.

  3. stormwalker

    stormwalker Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    Have you used henna? What I have used would not work for tattooing. If you could manage to actually get it under the skin, it would fade in a short time.
    Don't you have a friend who might like the adventure of camping with the goats for a week?
    How about dying them? Maybe bright pink. Easier to spot quickly!
    Good luck!
  4. DayBird

    DayBird Big Bird

    Jul 25, 2004
    Pell City, AL

    You didn't mention that on the poultry board. Are you sure your neighbor didn't sell them?
  5. AnnaS

    AnnaS Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Verndale MN
    I used to henna my hair all the time and it takes at least 1/2 hr to set, and the color doesn't stay long in the hands- too greasy. Regular tattoos would be the best ID- it'll hold up in court, anyway.
    You could get a hog or sheep paint/marker and write on them. Can buy these from Nasco or farm supply. These marks have to wear off. Any message would discourage a thief, but I would print "scrapie" or "TB +" on them. Any stockyard is going to ask some hard questions if someone shows up with a load of goats with those marks regardless of any disease in your state.