What's the best way to mark eggs?

stitch81

Chirping
8 Years
May 23, 2011
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I have 4 different breeds going into the incubator this week. Wanted to know what was the best way to mark them. Are markers/sharpies okay? I'm just thinking a different colored dot for each egg. Or is it best to just use pencil?
 

CatDaddyAlbert

NoFeathersRuffled
8 Years
Apr 22, 2011
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If it were me I would use a pencil, and I will tell you why. I recently bought two 1588 GQF's to replace the old ones. In order to see how much water is in the bottom compartment I use a little green food coloring in the water. I put it in by inserting a straw thru the vent hole and using a ketchup dispenser to squirt the colored water down inside. It got away from me one day and the green water spilled on two of the eggs. I had two Creame Bra's hatch with green feathers.

I am convinced now more than ever that light markings with a pencil is better. That eggs is porous and anything you put on the outside gets inside. Sharpies are great but some, like the ones out of China ARE toxic NO matter what the package says. Enjoy your hatch..Now comes the fun part!!!
 
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stitch81

Chirping
8 Years
May 23, 2011
178
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Quote:Green feathers? Did they stay that way, or did the color fade back to normal?
 

sgtmom52

Birds & Bees
12 Years
Jun 1, 2007
5,805
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Northern York County ~ Pennsylvania
I use sharpies and have never had any problems with them. Pencil might work OK in the incubator, but I also have hatched under broodies and you need something that will not rub off under a hen there.
 

SundownWaterfowl

Crowing
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
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Southern Columbia County NY
I use sharpies with no problems.

@CatDaddyAlbert : Are you sure the chicks didn't dip themselves into the water somehow? I don't think its possible for the chicks to be green just because you spilt a little green water on them.
 

Bnemeth

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 30, 2011
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I use a pencil and mark the date and pen they came from on the side of the shell. I also put the pen i.d. on the bottom so if they break the shell too much on the sides I can still tell what pen they came from
 

Dipsy Doodle Doo

ODD BIRD
13 Years
Jan 11, 2007
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Aiken, South Carolina 29801
My Coop
Hi! Sharpie Permanent Markers are safe and effective for marking 'eggs for hatching'.
As an experiment, I've marked the whole shell with markers and set/hatched eggs and never had and bleed-through to even the inside of the shell, let alone through the membranes.
Good luck with your hatch!

Lisa
 

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