Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

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Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by annc » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:11 pm

On Monday I pick up my two ivory bucks from Doug! He says they have different personalities - but it will take me a few days to get used to that. I've never had two identical self-coloured rats before, and wonder how best to identify them temporarily. I believe some people use food colouring, but - which, where is it best to put it, and how long does it last?

Longing to get them - I think they will be Lightning and Lumiere.
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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by Jird » Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:26 pm

A splodge of red food colouring on the end of the tail is a really easy way to mark a rat, and lasts for ages :) I found that applying it to the fur is useless, as one day passes and they've groomed it off! Clipping a patch of fur works quite well though, if you would prefer to mark a non-tail bit.
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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by Lillyland » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:23 am

I use sharpie marker pens! I marked a group of 12 identical black topears with sharpies, and they are all still marked now, 3 months later. :lol:

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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by Abelia » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:11 pm

I use a sharpie marker pen too :D I tried food colouring first, but they kept washing it off :lol:
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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by magiccookie » Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:55 pm

I would say clip a little bit of the fur on one in a certain place, aren't Sharpies toxic? I don't know, I'm lucky enough to have boys that are easy to identify :D
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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by acapae_wolf » Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:06 pm

magiccookie wrote:aren't Sharpies toxic?
Nope :) Other brands of permanent marker might be, but they're not.
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Re: Identifying 'twins' - food colouring?

Post by Hanlou » Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:13 pm

Lillyland wrote:I use sharpie marker pens! I marked a group of 12 identical black topears with sharpies, and they are all still marked now, 3 months later. :lol:
I can confirm that this is indeed true having 3 of the above ratties lol. :wink:

I know them from their personalities now and they are all slightly different sizes but it's handy for quick identification lol. Nisha is red, Lila is blue and Koko is green. :wink:
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