Should I Use A Sharpie To Mark Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenAndMore, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. ChickenAndMore

    ChickenAndMore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone use sharpies to write on hatching eggs? I use a pencil for my chickens but I need something darker for my coturnix quail eggs. If you do use a sharpie what is your hatch rate?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I've used a sharpie to mark the eggs I'm letting a broody hatch. My broodies stay in the coop with the other hens, so I have to mark their eggs to be able to pull out "extras" the other hens contribute. I simply draw a line all the way around the egg. It's not seemed to effect my hatch rates at all, my broodies last summer had a 100% hatch rate.
     
  3. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've also used a sharpie and didn't notice it lowering my hatch rate. Doesn't seem like it should affect the egg any more than a lead pencil would.
     
  4. ChickenAndMore

    ChickenAndMore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try it and see if it affects my hatch rate any, I didn't think it would but I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't harm/kill the eggs.
     
  5. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've bought hatching eggs that had sharpie written on them with the breed and dates they were collected and they hatched out just fine.
     

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