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How do you mark the eggs under a broody hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cackle, May 1, 2009.

  1. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    We have a silkie that has just gone broody and she refuses to be moved off her nest. What do you use to mark the eggs so you know which ones have been laid by another hen and can be collected. I heard that sharpies can leach chemicals through the shell.
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Most people use sharpies or black magic markers without problems.
  3. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Woodville, Al
    I always heard to just use a pencil.
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    I wouldnt use any type of marker, just make a dark mark with a pencil and you should be fine !!
  5. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    I used pencil on the last lot and it all rubbed off under the hen. [​IMG] This time I'm using sharpie.
    Good luck!
  6. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Thanks! A sharpie it is. [​IMG]
  7. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    I used a sharpie too. [​IMG]
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    I've used sharpies for years with no problem.

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