Aluminum foil and hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SundownWaterfowl, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. I have heard that when shipping hatching eggs, wrapping the eggs in aluminum foil protects them if the postal service x-rays the eggs. The foil blocks out beta particles. What kinds of particles are in the x-rays the postal service uses? And is this true?
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I don't know about eggs but there is a man that lives in my town that wears a pot on his head and he claims it stops aliens from picking his brain. So foil might work for eggs.
  3. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    I had to Google it, because my thought would have been no, but...
    "Ejected from the nucleus during beta decay, a beta particle is a fast moving electron or positron, depending on the type on beta decay involved. Beta particles can travel a few feet through air and can be stopped with a few sheets of aluminum foil."
    From here .
  4. hiddenmagnolia

    hiddenmagnolia Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    South Louisiana
    That is why I line my hat with foil when I go outside. It is easier to keep on my head than a pot.
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