Egg Marked With Permanent Marker

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maria09, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. maria09

    maria09 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    As I Live In Town And Can't Have More Chickens, I Always Let Our Worker Take The Eggs For Himself (i Feel Too Guilty)
    About Three Weeks Ago I Thought That I Would Give The Broody Hen A Chance To Hatch An Egg. I Let Him Mark The Egg With A Permanent Marker (he Put A Cross Mark On).
    Can It Damage The Egg If One Handles It And Can The Permananet Markers Ink Maybe Damage The Egg?it Has Not Hatched Yet.
  2. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Some people say yes, most people say no. Loads of people mark their eggs with Sharpies and have consistently great hatches. Someone on here last year insisted that there was one specific brand of marker that s/he knew for a fact would kill the embryos instantly, but s/he failed to actually name the brand, so I was a bit sceptical. I reckon your egg won't be affected by the marker pen. Good luck with it!
  3. Chew593

    Chew593 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I wouldn't worry about the marker too much now, but I've always marked with crayon... non-toxic. Also, you can handle the eggs to candle them occasionally but only sparingly. Your broody really knows what's best for the egg, and nature should take it's course. My Bindy's first brood of the season hatched only 1 out of 5 eggs. I'm sure it's because I handled them too much and too late in the incubation cycle. I wanted to candle them every day and let my kids watch the development of the chick. I didn't know you shouldn't handle the eggs past the 18th day under the hen. At that time a chick could get confused and not be able to find the air sac it's supposed to break into during the hatching process. It takes 21 days (give or take) for an egg to hatch. The worst part is the waiting! [​IMG] Best of luck to you.
    Edited for spelling.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  4. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

    Jun 13, 2009
    Diamond, Ohio
    I disagree and agree with some of these comments, I have always used a Sharpie marker, never had an issue yet., I have also used a pen. Because I order eggs from different people I have marked my eggs with there first initial and the x and o for turning purposes.. When I first started I would candled my eggs everyday because I wanted to watch the process entire process. I think it's absolutely amazing. Now that I seem to know it a little bit better, I don't candle as much. I can tell you once it gets close to Lockdown day. You really can't see much just a dark mass. So really there isn't a purpose to candle come lockdown. Now I candle on the 5th day and not again until the 10th day which at that time the bad eggs are thrown out. I will and have candled on day 22 and 23 day to see if the chick is still alive and how far his process was coming. I am a very impatient person getting better though...
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use permanent markers for the past 2 years and haven't had any problems. I use Sharpies.
  6. maria09

    maria09 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 9, 2011
    Thank You So Much. I Know Also That I Should Have Marked The Day On The Calander Because According To Me It Has Been 21 Day Looong Ago But My Husband Says I Am Wrong.
  7. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Arkansas
    I have used both markers and pencil with good luck. I just wanted to let you know I have hatched eggs on day 19 as well as day 23. If I candle an egg and it looks good I will wait 3 extra days. But I can say, it is so easy to be tempted to candle them when in lock down but me personally, I would not. I lost at least 6 eggs from opening and closing the bator tooooooo much. As long as my temp/humidity is good I do not touch it. I just hatched 11 eggs in the past three days and I was sweating bullets having to remove the new chick while there were still eggs in there waiting to hatch. Good luck
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I always candle at lockdown.. you may have a good egg on day 10.. but the chick could die and rot.. the last thing I want in my bator at lockdown is a rotten egg.. and at lockdown they are pretty apparent when you candle.. so I have to disagree with the statement that you cant see much or that there is no purpose in candling at lockdown...

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