marking the eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kimice, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. kimice

    kimice In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Maybe this is a super novice question, but I was just wondering why you mark the eggs with pencil? Don't the chicks eat some of the shell and don't pencils have lead in them? Can you maybe mark them with a non toxic crayon or something. Just curious [​IMG]

  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    I always use a perment marker everything eles seems to rub off after awhile but I use a broody hen never have incubated . Good question
  3. lavenderorpgirl

    lavenderorpgirl Songster

    Aug 14, 2011
    Quote:There is really no lead in pencils, lol, they are made of graphite. We use pencils because its easier on the egg (at least for me) as I don't have to press hard at all to get it to write.

    Here's a link to the skinny on pencil "lead"...

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