You know how you put X and O

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LegginMF12, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    I was wondering what type of writing instrument every one use's to mark their eggs for turning. I almost used pencil on mine. Then I got to thinking, a pencil is lead, and an egg shell is a permeable barrier = lead leaching into the chick? I think next time I hatch I am going to get non-toxic markers and mark my egg as 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 etc. This way I can turn odd and evens to keep track of turning and also keep track at hatching. Using numbers will let me be able to say chick #3/4 pipped 16 hrs ago, and possibly help to catch any problems early. Or, if I am iffy on a egg during candling, you can immediately pick it out to check when needed. Does this sound like a good idea? Am I over thinking this whole hatching thing? LOL
  2. tinydancer87

    tinydancer87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2011
    SE Georgia
    Pencil's today are actually graphite, not lead like they used to be. Totally fine to use a plain ol' pencil to write on the eggs with. [​IMG]

    Although lead has not been used for writing since Roman times, lead poisoning from pencils was not uncommon; until the middle of the twentieth century the paint used for the outer coating could contain high concentrations of the element and this could be ingested when the pencil was sucked or chewed. (wikipedia)
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  3. joneus

    joneus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    I used pencil this last time around, and a crayola marker on my first hatch. Both worked fine- tho the pencil held up to the humidity WAY better than the marker!
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I always use pencil. I mark them with a letter on one side (A for the first hatch of the year, B for the next, etc) and a number on the other side.
  5. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i use a crayola washable marker or a pencile. both work great. never had a problem
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I use a Sharpie marker. I have had no problems.


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