Am i the only nutter who dates their eggs/?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Going Quackers, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I've been told that is so odd... i grab my sharpie and date my eggs each day, then i know when they were laid.. heck i thought it made sense...

  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2009
    Somerville, AL

    I do! I have always dated my eggs. I just use a pencil and write it on the big end. That way I know which are the oldest eggs. To me, this makes sense. I suppose if I had a ton of birds I wouldn't. But then again, [​IMG]
  3. mommyofthreewithchicks

    mommyofthreewithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2010

    I do this when my egg numbers are up (so far not doing this in winter). Now that I am hatching a lot I also mark the pen they come out of and have also been putting the # in my chicken notebook along with my hatch rates.
  4. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2008
    I mark eating eggs with a Sharpie also. A Red one. I use china markers (commonly called grease penciles) to mark eggs I'm putting in the incubator. I've noticed that the red sharpie ink penetrates the shell enough to leave color on a hard boiled egg some times.
    I tell my egg cuctomers that I've invested a lot of training time teaching my girls to mark the "date of manufacture" on their eggs. I mark them because I sell my eggs as "Farm Fresh Eggs". If they are more than 2 weeks old then I donate them to my churches food closet rather than sell them as "Farm Fresh".
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  5. Triplell

    Triplell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    Brainerd, MN
    I too mark and date all of my eggs. Many of my customers want the freshest or they want ones older for hard-boiling. Many of my customers were raised on a farm as a child and they know the diference. I use a pencil and it works great. I have chickens, ducks, guineas and many of my customers request some of each or all of one. It is much easier to grab the oldest or the freshest when I need to.[​IMG]
  6. Tivona

    Tivona Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    I date mine with a pencil. Makes it very easy choose how fresh. Freshest, scrambled, fried, crepes. Medium aged, baked goods. Oldest, boiled.
    I only sell my freshest. Years ago I bought eggs from a farm and they turned out to be floaters she just wanted gone. [​IMG] I decided then and there I would only sell fresh eggs when I got my birds.
  7. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2009
    Kildare, Wisconsin
    I date mine, but I don't eat them - I date them for incubation purposes. When I collect them, I write the date that they were laid on the blunt end of the egg lightly in pencil. That way, when I'm collecting a batch of eggs to set, I know how old they are and I can dispose of any eggs that get too old to be viable. Then, when I set a batch in the incubator, I write the date that they are due along one side of the egg with a Sharpie. I always have staggered hatches together in the same incubator, so I need to know who's due to hatch when!
  8. Duckadia

    Duckadia Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 23, 2012
    Narrabri, AUS
    Ours get dated! We just get way too many to know what's fresh and what's a month old
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I date hatching eggs with a pencil. I don't date eggs to be sold for eating because they are sold as soon as they are laid. No eating eggs laying around in fridge.

    So the sharpie pens are safe to mark hatching eggs?????? For some reason I thought the marker would harm the inside with some type of chemical possibly getting inside. If that's the case, then I will start using a sharpie.
  10. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I date all of mine, but I get more eggs than I can sell or eat, so I want to make sure those that buy eggs get them within two weeks of lay date. older than that I save for myself and/or give away. Older than a month I start feeding them back to the chickens or baking a lot. :)

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