Need Advice: To stamp my eggs or not to stamp????

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by erijn5, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    I have recieved and seen ppl put a stamp on their hatching eggs. This ensures that the eggs that they are recieving are the sellers eggs. That way if they are damaged durning shipping you know that it is your eggs that are broken, not randoms.

    I have purchased a personalized stamp to stamp my eggs. I figure that I have hatched eggs with this stamp and had no problems hatching and I have marked my broody hens' eggs out in the barn with a sharpie marker with no effect to the hatch rate. My stamp is not large and is letters so no heavy ink would be left as in a picture stamp.

    So my question is DO YOU THINK IT IS A BAD THING TO STAMP YOUR HATCHING EGGS? [​IMG]
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    So then, how does that work? Do you require the buyer to send the stamped portion of the shell back in order to get a refund for broken eggs?

    My buyers know that the eggs they get are from my birds because they buy their eggs from me. I don't guarantee hatching eggs, so I suppose if the buyers gets the eggs mixed up in their incubator and don't know whose eggs don't hatch, it is their problem and not mine.

    However, I think the idea of stamping the eggs that you send out is excellent. It speaks to me of extra care and extra pride in the product.

    I think there is adequate proof that marker on the shell doesn't affect hatching, but buyers vary in their expectations, so I use pencil. That way, I don't accidentally ship to someone who thinks that marker will transform the chicks into genetic freaks and cause them to have a meltdown.
     
  3. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

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    I dont see a problem with it. I have marked my eggs with Sharpies for years. I dont like to use pencils for various reasons. It has never affected my hatch rate.
    So I think a stamp would work just fine.

    I did use a date stamp for a while but it was too much trouble [​IMG]
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    PS: even if buyers can't keep their eggs straight, mine get a letter for the breed plus the date laid written on them as they are collected. That should help to sort them out.

    Still think the stamp is an excellent idea. I can't imagine why anyone would object to it.
     
  5. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    No, no, no, I mean lets say for instance you recieve eggs from me and you claim they are all broken in transit....If they could send me a picture of my eggs that are stamped I would know they were mine and not some of theirs that they broke claiming to be mine. That is why I was doing it. I have been reading so many claims of broken eggs, I was just wanting to cover extra bases...and I thought it would look more professional also. [​IMG]


     
  6. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    I'm going to try it out on my eating eggs to see how bad I can screw it up before I put it on my for sale eggs!! [​IMG]

     
  7. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think its a great idea. I don't think ink will affect hatches at all. I know sharpies are non toxic, a friends 2 yr old had a black mouth inside and out from a sharpie and he was fine [​IMG]
     
  8. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL

    [​IMG] I think it is a good idea too... I just hope my customers think so.. -
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    A photo of the broken eggs. That makes sense.

    I suspect that one of the reasons that egg sellers refuse to guarantee eggs is that there are so many cheats out there. There is not a doubt in my mind that there are people who will receive good eggs, have them grow, and still claim that they need replacements.

    Not the majority of buyers. Poultry people tend to be some pretty nice people. But like the local Lowes was having people "buy" a hot tub, have a big party using it, and then return it for a full refund after the weekend.

    It's really common with big screen TV's too. Buy big screen, have a super bowl party, and return the TV for a refund. In fact, the places that sell TV's will not give full refunds any more because it was so common.

    Or dresses. Buy an expensive dress, wear it to the party, return it for a refund. That's why wedding dresses are not returnable.

    There are too many people who think that behavior is OK
     
  10. erijn5

    erijn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    South Central IL
    Yep, I totally agree!

     

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