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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by oldchickenman, Oct 27, 2008.
Im new to Incubating is it ok to mark eggs with markers such as sharpe or is pencil best? Thanks
A pencil is best because you don't have to worry about it bleeding through the eggshell.
No problem at all. Mark date laid, breed etc.
I use a pencil and colored pencils. Works great for me. Then I can erase what ever I marked on it during incubation and remark it.
I mark mine all the time, in fact the ones you get from me will have the hens name on them. I marked those in pencil, but once I start to candle I mark any iffy ones with an x or question mark so I can check on them again.
There was a debate on here about sharpies bleeding through and honestly they don't.
So it is ok to use sharpies?
Yes, as with anything else there will be varying opinions. Do I recommend you have a coloring spree on the eggs, no. But marking them to keep up with them is perfectly fine.
I sometimes set multiple staggered hatches. I keep a large calendar handy and use different color sharpies on my calendar and use the same colors on those particular eggs in the bator.
This is very handy as I have, on more than one occassion, moved the wrong eggs to the hatcher at the wrong time.
I know when I get eggs I would like them to me marked in pencil, but have had one with sharpie and have not noticed ill effects in hatching
I have heard the ink might be bad for the egg, but I havent done it so have no experience with that. I use a pencil.
I used sharpies for my first few hatches, and then just pencils the last few, and I did get better hatches with pencil than sharpies. I wondered if the sharpies had some effect that lowered the chance of hatch ability. I personally will only use pencils from now on.