Safely writing on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by clacasse88, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. clacasse88

    clacasse88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've always used a pencil to mark the date I've collected an egg or to write what breed it is when I'm going to incubate them.
    What else can I safely use to write on the egg?
     
  2. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Not going to lie, I've used permanent marker on reptile eggs with no ill effects. I am sure they would not harm a developing chicken embryo, either.
     
  3. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use a sharpie
    They are non-toxic
     
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Archival pen! [​IMG]
     
  5. clacasse88

    clacasse88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I've seen others using markers but was always hesitant to use.
     
  6. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    color pencil... prismacolor too...
     
  7. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    I use fine line sharpie and pencil
     
  8. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    I use a pencil. But have in the past used sharpies, crayons, ink pens, markers. [​IMG]

    Use colored sharpies on special eggs cause my eyes are bad and sometimes can't read the ones on pencil.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2011
  9. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i was doing that with color pencils... then got really lazy LOL... figured i can just put a letter instead of writing their name with a different color each time...

    i also write the date... so i know which ones are fresher than others...
     
  10. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:i was doing that with color pencils... then got really lazy LOL... figured i can just put a letter instead of writing their name with a different color each time...

    i also write the date... so i know which ones are fresher than others...

    Same here. We have a carton setting ready for any eggs we are going to hatch and as soon as they come in the house I mark them with my goofy code. Like this morning one egg was 2-23-SO-B, which meant Feb the 23rd, Spangled Russian Orloff, Roberts strain. I guess it'd be gibberish to anyone else, but me and my boy know what they mean and we are the only ones to mess with the incubator anyway. [​IMG]
     

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