Writing on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CalicoFarm, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. CalicoFarm

    CalicoFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    North East Alabama
    Would writing on the eggs with a sharpie harm them? Or is it best to just use a pencil? Some of the darker eggs a pencil mark is hard to see.
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Ive been using a red finepoint sharpie, we will see how the hatch goes. I will be watching this for others answers.
  3. heritagebirds

    heritagebirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Eastern Shore MD
    We write on them with sharpies... And we know someone who works with birds and uses them with no problem...on the large end...
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  4. hollymh

    hollymh *A Scrambled Egg*

    Feb 8, 2009
    I used sharpie b/c I can't ever seem to find a pencil... Anyhow, the first hatch I used a green sharpie and hatched out 100%, the second had messed up humidity but the sharpie didn't affect that hatch either and I have duck and chicken eggs in the bator now written on w/ sharpie and they are developing wonderfully!
  5. Keisha

    Keisha Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    I always use a regualar pencil.
  6. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I only use pencil but I have hatched shipped eggs that were written on with a marker and they developed and hatched out wonderful.
  7. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    I don't fear the Sharpie...

  8. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I just use a pencil too.
  9. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    I use a sharpie because it don't rub off when i put the eggs under hens.
  10. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    I use a pencil because of the dire warnings I've read about markers leaching through the shell and killing the embryo.

    After reading everyone's replies, I think I'll start using a sharpie - it sure would be easier to see!

    Now that I think about it, the sharpie solvent evaporates almost instantly so it wouldn't have time to migrate through.

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