washing egg that i want to hatch

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  1. cray4en

    cray4en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so, I want to set my incubator again. we had a the power go out during my last hatch and it killed all my eggs but 2 hatched (53 set). the small problem is that it has been so wet here that some of my chickens are bringing in mud and a few of the eggs aren't so clean. I am going to try hatching them anyway. I want to mark them (the ones I wash) to see how well they do.

    what do you recommend I mark them with?

    tia
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Many members here recommend using a sharpie, but I've used ordinary grey lead pencils and other non-toxic markers as well. If your eggs simply have a bit of mud on them, try and wipe the mud off with a dry cloth, instead of washing them?
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    x2 I use a pencil. All I can think is how much those markers bleed into paper, and I'm just not comfortable using them on my developing eggs.
     
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  4. nab58

    nab58 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a sharpie. I had worried it would bleed through the shell but I checked the inside of the shell on my last hatch and you could not see any marker on the inside. Pencil washes off and the humidity in the incubator may fade the pencil.
     
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  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I've never had my pencil marks come off during incubation.
     
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  6. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I've had my pencil fade. There was quite the discussion about sharpie vs pencil a year or so ago, with some pretty strong opinions on either side of the fence. After a number of people brought up the issue of strong scent of sharpies, one poster put up pics of a recent hatch, excellent percentage, with each egg marked liberally with sharpie. I wonder if it was Sally Sunshine? Goes to show, there are many ways to make chicken soup. I think I'll continue with pencil. I'm on the fence about sanitizing eggs. My yard is also a mud bath. I spread some hay, both inside and out, which has helped some, but has not completely solved the problem.
     
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    For once, I don't have a strong opinion, I'm just more comfortable using a pencil...lol
     
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  8. kayakfish

    kayakfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used Oxine and water to wash really nasty eggs the oxine is actually used in some incubators during hatching to keep out bacterial invasions. 1teaspoon of Oxine to 2 gallons of water.
    I also use crayons for marking eggs, they are non toxic and in colors for different markings.
     
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  9. cray4en

    cray4en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well call me crazy but I decided to wash them all to see what happens. I don't need any chicks but had the eggs. I sat 24 eggs this morning at 4 a.m. so 21 days and I am hoping for chicks.

    thanks
     
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  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    [​IMG] You made my cheeks hurt over that one! I'm in the same boat. Have always used pencil. Why? Just because! But, this time, I have a lot more to keep track of. So, I bought some multi-colored sharpies! I'll be marking air cells with pencil, but will mark breed and most importantly gender predictions with my colored sharpies!
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    Quote Cray4en: well call me crazy but I decided to wash them all to see what happens. I don't need any chicks but had the eggs. I sat 24 eggs this morning at 4 a.m. so 21 days and I am hoping for chicks.

    I'll be following with my own set on Friday, if the incubator holds steady temp. Will be bleaching it and hopefully kicking it into gear tonight or tomorrow morning. I've decided to do some gentle spot cleaning with a mild bleach solution. I'll also mark those eggs so I can do a comparison between hatch rate of "cleaned" vs natural.
     
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