writing on your eggs, what type of pen or pencil are you using

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Nolan Farms, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. Nolan Farms

    Nolan Farms New Egg

    7
    0
    7
    Jul 8, 2011
    and is there a risk of breaking the "barrier" of the egg that way? Is writing on the eggs really safe for the egg if you are going to incubate them?
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,246
    19
    171
    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    I just use a regular #2 pencil. I have recieved some hatching eggs that were marked with ink though and it hasn't seem to hurt anything.
     
  3. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

    692
    3
    131
    Jun 8, 2009
    Ohio
    I've always used a crayon... figure if my kid can eat them then they ought to be safe for chicks...
     
  4. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Australia
    graphite pencil, I'd be worried about blocking up the pores in the shell with anything else
     
  5. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,170
    41
    153
    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    Graphite pencil, but I have received eggs with fountain pen ink on them.
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    4,247
    256
    291
    May 18, 2009
    Brooksville
    I use a Sharpie and have never had a problem. I just mark the date on the big end.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,733
    2,364
    466
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I use Sharpie as well. Colors used to indicate set date.
     
  8. zebserema

    zebserema Chillin' With My Peeps

    218
    0
    89
    Jun 17, 2011
    ive always heard never to use a sharpie [​IMG]
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,733
    2,364
    466
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:I have heard same. It is not founded in any study showing negative health impacts that I am aware of. Hatch rates and chick quality do not appear affected by their use.
     
  10. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    595
    5
    111
    Jun 11, 2011
    UK
    I used colored pencils this time, a different color for each different breed.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by