Numbering/Dating Eggs, Bad Idea??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AlabamaChickenLady, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. AlabamaChickenLady

    AlabamaChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2011
    Oak Grove, Alabama
    I am only getting 2-3 eggs per day now from my 3 laying hens. But when the pullets start laying in March or April, I'll have 16 laying hens every day. I do plan to sell some eggs to friends and neighbors to help curb the cost of feed.

    I am wondering if I could number the eggs or date stamp the eggs with a little stamper of some sort? I could use a gel pen, or perhaps a sharpie. But I don't want the ink to affect the eggs. Have any of you ever tried something like this? If the ink may soak thru to the egg, I won't do it. But I have seen eggs in the store that were stamped.

    I want to do this to mainly keep track so none of the eggs get bypassed and left setting for to long. I want to be sure that all the eggs are used or go out in a timely mannor and not left sitting, or overlooked for to long.

    Any feed back will be appreciated.

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I wouldn't put ink on the eggs. Customers won't like it. Just put eggs in cartoons & sell the oldest eggs first.
  3. MakNugget

    MakNugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    Portland, OR
    For my own sake, I used a pencil to number eggs on the bottom the first few months of production. Now I have a small egg basket on the counter that I allow to collect eggs, then transfer to a carton for use and have fresh eggs go into the now empty basket.

    You can date the carton instead. If you really want to show the freshness, perhaps add two dates: one for the first egg, and the second for the last egg added.
  4. DoloresRun

    DoloresRun Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    I spoke to a friend of mine who does exactly this and what she uses is a vegetable dye based stamp. I am not sure where she gets it, I would assume some sort of natural food market or something of that nature. She tells me that she researched it and it came up perfectly safe as long as the base of the marker or stamp is vegetable!

    You could try making your own stamp by grinding some beets and using that as the ink for the stamp. At least then you know it is safe for sure! You can buy date stamps at any office supply store and I would think that ground up beets (you wouldn't need much) would keep in the fridge for a while and when you think they need to go you can give it too the chooks [​IMG]

    Don't know if I helped at all but I think I may have to begin using my idea because I think it is genius [​IMG]
  5. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I don't date my eggs, I put them in eggboxes and date each box. Probably quicker and easier than individually dating each egg. And eggs keep for so long that if you have eggs in one box from two different days, it really won't matter. But if you did want to date each egg, I know that I've seen egg-safe dyes and inks for sale online. Big poultry companies sell all sorts of stuff like that...
  6. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

    Jun 29, 2010
    In the hills
    What about those pens that doctors use to mark on their patients before surgery? Would those be safe for the eggs?
  7. Naughty

    Naughty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2010
    I just use a sharpie on mine - I date em with the date of the month - that way when I use my eggs I use the oldest first - I only get about 3 a day right now. I know I will get more this spring. I haven't noticed any wierd effects or problems with the eggs - except for it seems to make me post a lot more BS on BYC... [​IMG]
  8. happytxchick

    happytxchick Egg Song Acre

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sulphur Springs, TX
    Quote:No, those are markers with indelible ink.

    Do not use ink on eggs. I have always used a pencil, and it is never a problem. Way easier than hunting down a stamp to purchase IMO...and then having to change the little date every day.

    Just grab a pencil and jot 1/20 (for example) on the top of each egg. The bloom protects the egg from the pencil, but wouldn't from chemically harsh ink.

    Have fun! [​IMG]
  9. sunnyvera

    sunnyvera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2010
    NE Ohio
    Food-safe is very hard to find. My husband insists on putting dates on the eggs - soooooo I found a company at They are sending me a sample of the food-safe dry ink pad. Comes in black, purple and red colors. They have not tested on eggshell as it might smear, but I will try it. I just want to put a number on each egg. Will let you know how it turns out. The dry ink-pad costs $2.50 so you can use your own little stamp. Plus they ship for free for a $10.00 order. Hope this helps. I agree, food-safe ink is very hard to find.
  10. Arcnadius

    Arcnadius Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Western WI
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