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is sharpie OK for marking eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by loopy, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. loopy

    loopy Out Of The Brooder

    I have a broody duck and we want to limit her nest. The other hens wll give her their eggs. Can I mark the eggs with sharpie permantent ink? That way I can remove the newer eggs from under her when she gets up. I tried pencil before but it gets washed off.

    thanks,
    Karen
     
  2. zimmy

    zimmy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NOOOOOOOOOO.

    Do NOT use sharpie, unless you want poisoned duckies, loopy.
     
  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, sharpies are no good for eggs. The ink can seep into the egg pores and kill the embryo.
     
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Aaalrighty then.....what should we use???

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  5. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad somebody finally asked!!! Now that we know what not to use......
     
  6. Saltiena

    Saltiena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my friend used a crayon,can that hurt them??? Can a highlighter or a magic marker hurt the eggs?i was planning on using a magic marker (washable) but will that be the same as the sharpies?
     
  7. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    pencil
     
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    lead poisoning?
     
  9. loopy

    loopy Out Of The Brooder

    Hmmm, this is a problem. Pencil washes off and her housemates give her their eggs. I don't have a place to isolate her. I could try to keep track of the pencil markings and when they get faint, re-apply a mark. I was just not sure the led in the pencil was safe.

    loop de loop.
     
  10. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2007

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