Writing on eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4H-Mom, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. 4H-Mom

    4H-Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2010
    Rolla, Mo
    May be a dumb question but I want to teach my daughter correctly. We are getting ready to start collecting eggs for eating & hatching. What is safe to write on the eggs with? Regular pen, pencil, sharpie. What is safest? She is doiing a 4H project of selling eating eggs, hatching eggs, & chicks & ducklings. We have hatched before but I need to make sure we have wrote on them safely before I think I have used what ever was closest & wrote well.
  2. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Pencil works great and there is no harm to the chick...

    Goddess [​IMG]
  3. 4H-Mom

    4H-Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2010
    Rolla, Mo
    Thank you. I thought pencil was safe but I needed to make sure.
  4. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Pencil is safest. Unless you are marking eggs to leave in the nest, then I go with sharpie. For instance if you remove all the eggs from a guinea nest they will not lay there again. So you need to mark a few to leave there so they continue to return and you know which eggs not to take out. All the getting off and on the nest will rub pencil off.
  5. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    I prefer a pencil when hatching one breed. I also use colored thin sharpy when mixing multiples.
    I have seen no difference in hatch rates with either.

    just my .02
  6. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Sharpie here. Lots of people use them. Pencil rubs off too easily (I use broodies.)
  7. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I use a Sharpie ultra fine point pen and it works good for me.

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