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May be a dumb question but I want to teach my daughter correctly.  We are getting ready to start collecting eggs for eating & hatching.  What is safe to write on the eggs with?  Regular pen, pencil, sharpie.  What is safest?  She is doiing a 4H project of selling eating eggs, hatching eggs, & chicks & ducklings.  We have hatched before but I need to make sure we have wrote on them safely before I think I have used what ever was closest & wrote well.

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Home of 8 Black Austorlorps, 2 White Leghorns, 7 Americanas, Trio Black Sumatras, Pair of Rouen ducks, & a Cayuga duck & 2 Pair of Japanese Bantams.  lol

Home of 2009 Bird of Show St James Grape & Fall Festivel (Black Austorlorp Cockrel), 2010 St James Grape & Fall Festival Rabbit & Poultry Junior Showmanship.
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post #2 of 7

Pencil works great and there is no harm to the chick...

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3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 4 Production Red x Speckled Sussex, 5 Barred rock, 3 Golden Comet, 1 AM x RIR, 1 AM x DBB, 4 Lav Orp, 1 Blue Orp, 5 DBB mutt mixes, a serious obsession with my chickens and a loving husband who thinks I am absolutely NUTS!
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My name is Terri and I'm a hatchaholic!!!
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Thank you.  I thought pencil was safe but I needed to make sure.

Home of 8 Black Austorlorps, 2 White Leghorns, 7 Americanas, Trio Black Sumatras, Pair of Rouen ducks, & a Cayuga duck & 2 Pair of Japanese Bantams.  lol

Home of 2009 Bird of Show St James Grape & Fall Festivel (Black Austorlorp Cockrel), 2010 St James Grape & Fall Festival Rabbit & Poultry Junior Showmanship.
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Home of 8 Black Austorlorps, 2 White Leghorns, 7 Americanas, Trio Black Sumatras, Pair of Rouen ducks, & a Cayuga duck & 2 Pair of Japanese Bantams.  lol

Home of 2009 Bird of Show St James Grape & Fall Festivel (Black Austorlorp Cockrel), 2010 St James Grape & Fall Festival Rabbit & Poultry Junior Showmanship.
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post #4 of 7

Pencil is safest. Unless you are marking eggs to leave in the nest, then I go with sharpie. For instance if you remove all the eggs from a guinea nest they will not lay there again. So you need to mark a few to leave there so they continue to return and you know which eggs not to take out. All the getting off and on the nest will rub pencil off.

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post #5 of 7

I prefer a pencil when hatching one breed. I also use colored thin sharpy when mixing multiples.
  I have seen no difference in hatch rates with either.







just my .02

post #6 of 7

Sharpie here.  Lots of people use them.  Pencil rubs off too easily (I use broodies.)

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

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post #7 of 7

I use a Sharpie ultra fine point pen and it works good for me.

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