Lead

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ClareScifi, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. ClareScifi

    ClareScifi Songster

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    I read somewhere that when you are trying to hatch eggs you should make an x on the eggs so you can tell whether the hen is turning them. I blindly followed that advice, and now I'm worried the lead will leach through the shell and damage the chicks. Do you think this is a possibility? I can't believe I didn't think about that before now.

    Clare
     

  2. ClareScifi

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    What I read said to make an x with a pencil. How I wish I'd used a Sharpie or ink pen instead.

    Clare
     
  3. Modern pencils use graphite instead of lead, so rest easy.
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Is it just a regular pencil?

    There isn't lead in pencil lead. It is graphite, not really dangerous.

    Imp
     
  5. ClareScifi

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    Oh, good!!!! That is a huge relief. Thank you so much.
     

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