Marking eggs with a sharpie

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Phage, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Does anyone know if marking eggs with a sharpie or anything other than a pencil affects hatch rate.

    I find the pencil fades and then I am in a real mess!!
  2. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing In the Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    Sharpie contains some rather nasty organic solvents... I would not want that in contact with an egg.
    Try a different grade of pencil harder will not rub off so easily
  3. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I have seen a number of posts that indicate they mark with a sharpie with no ill effect. I use a number nine lead pencil and it never fades or is hard to read. I think the sharpies are too messy for my heavy hand.
  4. We use them to mark eggs and haven't had any problems with the hatch rate

  5. Ive been using sharpie fine points to mark my chicken eggs and they hatch out just fine.
  6. bigstack

    bigstack Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    The egg membrane should keep out any ink until all the nasty stuff evaporates! I have used it for a while and had no problems! I have never heard of any issues with using a sharpy, only non issues! We all want to be GREEN and not take any unneccessary risk but There has not been any issues with the sharpy on eggs reported yet!

    Good Luck and God Bless!
  7. I use pencil
  8. DMFarm

    DMFarm Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Winona Tx
    We have been using sharpie for years I mark the pen number and the hatch date on each egg. A pencil mark will come off the egg when they are put under chickens and then you want know what pen they are out of. Sharpies is the best thing to use I hatch 300 to 500 peachicks a year and around 150 pheasants and never had a problem.
  9. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Thank you!!
  10. Peach Mom

    Peach Mom In the Brooder

    Oct 27, 2012
    So very glad to read this. I used fine point sharpie on my eggs currently under a broody before even thinking about it and then started worrying after reading about it not being safe. Thanks for the peace of mind;-)

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