What do you mark your eggs with?

chickenlady81

Songster
11 Years
Jun 10, 2008
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Do you use only pencil? marker? I have some button quail and the eggs are dark so a pencil doesnt show up...any suggestions???
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
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I don't do quail, but I use a black sharpie on chicken eggs. Some people raise concerns about the solvents hurting the chick, but I get the same hatch rate with eggs marked with a sharpie as I get with unmarked eggs.

I've heard of people using crayons and such, but since eggs are porous so the chick inside can breathe, I'd tend to stay away from waxy things that might interfere with the air exchange through the shell. As long as you don't overdo it though it probably would not matter.
 

PunkinPeep

Songster
10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
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i use a thin sharpie. didn't notice a difference between the sharpie and the pencil as far as hatches and chick health, so i kept using marker. much easier to mark, and it doesn't fade.
 

darkmatter

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Jul 10, 2009
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I've used a sharpie and/or grease pencil at times, couldn't see a difference in hatch rates, only the grease pencil does wear off easier.
 

FenDruadin

Crowing
10 Years
Jul 30, 2009
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Charlotte, NC Area
Whatever I happen to have at hand. The eggs don't seem particular. I've used pencil, crayon, marker, colored pencil, even tried a ballpoint once but it wouldn't mark. Doesn't seem to matter much--whatever works for you.
 

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