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Marking Eggs with Pens & Markers

Discussion in 'Geese' started by violets812, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. violets812

    violets812 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it true that you should only use pencils to mark eggs?. I read that markers or pens would poison the baby inside. Thanks!
     
  2. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hatched 9 of 10 eggs that were marked with a Sharpie with no ill effects. The 10th egg was not fertile.
     
  3. igotgoosed

    igotgoosed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Think of it this way, markers and pens bleed and run. Eggs are porous. Lead does not bleed and run.
     
  4. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with igotgoosed. Even if the babies hatch fine, you never know if they have some kind of internal problem (or maybe even a predisposition to cancer or other diseases) because of absorbing marker or ink chemicals.
     
  5. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I certainly am not recommending one method over another, but the sharpie marker did not bleed through the shell and the ink in the markers are non toxic (you won't get cancer from sucking on a Sharpie).
     
  6. justacouplemorechicks

    justacouplemorechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mark mine with whatever is laying around when I go out the door.... I have used ink pens, markers, crayons with no obvious effects
     

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