What do you use to mark eggs? Does it matter?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Calebs Acre, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't find food coloring or anything organic to mark some Jersey Giant eggs I am about to put in the incubator. All of my other eggs have come to me pre-marked. I'm concerned about ink or lead from pencil (or whatever they are now using in pencils) being toxic to the embryo. Am I overthinking?

    Thanks...
     
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    There's no lead in pencils anymore.... its graphite. Because it dry it won't leak into anything. Don't use any pens or markers as these can contain chemicals and solvents.
     
  3. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Yep... pencil. [​IMG]
     
  4. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!!!! While I sit and wait for the dewlaps to hatch, I'll start marking eggs. Gotta do something while I wait! The TV starts infomercial programming soon, so I will be bored. LOL
     
  5. shmooborp

    shmooborp artistic fowlism

    ive always used a pencil... never hurt the eggs...
     
  6. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used a pencil- a crayon, a colored pencil-- but a pencil is the best choice
     
  7. CindyS

    CindyS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always use a sharpie on mine and it does not hurt a thing.
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use pencil.
     
  9. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Pencils are the only thing that you should mark the eggs with. The lead is actually not lead anymore, due to the lead poisoning issue with kids now. Markers are a no, no however! [​IMG]
     
  10. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used pencil, permant marker, and dry-erase marker. Dry erase doesn't work. Duh! I should have know the humidity would make it disolve. Stupid me! Now I have eggs unmarked and don't know what hen they are from anymore.
     

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