Help create an informative post on how you ship your eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by houndit, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    I have seen a lot of people ask for tips on how to ship eggs. I thought it would be a good idea if we could all post the way we do it and give lots of ideas to the people who are interested in shipping their eggs. Please post pictures if you can. I can not at the moment. The camera will not cooperate with the computer. If I ever get it to work I will edit this post with pictures of how I like to do it. I have seen many styles of eggs packing. Some I really liked and some I did not really care for. I have sort of developed my own style. This way people can read about many styles and see which one best fits their needs.
    Now how I pack my eggs.

    This is my first year shipping eggs. I have at least 25 positive feedback notes on the feedback forum for selling my eggs. I shipped a few orders before the thread was created. I also sold a few on eggbid. I am guessing I have shipped about 30 orders this year.
    Part of how I pack the eggs depends on how many. If it is only 6 I like to double box them. I stole this idea from bargain because I liked it so well. She really packs eggs well!! I have ordered from her 3 times and never got a broken egg.

    I always use the flat rate boxes. I will explain why later on. If I double box them I have to smash the little Priority box some to fit it in a medium flat rate box. I always wrap the eggs in bubble wrap. I usually use the really big bubbles. I am blessed with a Sister in law who works where she can get it for free and is nice enough to bring it to me. The large bubble wrap does in my opinion protect the eggs better than small. bargain did point out to me that if there is a dead bubble in the large bubble wrap you can have a lot more problems than with the small. I will admit that is true. Especially with preused bubble wrap like mine. You can also fit less eggs in a box when they are wrapped in the large bubble wrap. I have had people tell me that they like big better, and others tell me they like small better. I wrap the egg as tightly as possible. The less the egg can move the better chance it will have of making it. I cram them in as tightly as possible! I like to, if possible put a layer of bubble wrap inside the box and then place the eggs inside it and then fold it over the top of them to make it into a bag of its own. If there is room I always pack in as much newspaper or paper shreds or extra bubbles as possible. Pack it as tight as possible!!!! I usually end up needing someone else to help me get my boxes to close. I always like to tape the ends of the bubble wrap shut so that there is no chance of them rolling out of the bubble wrap. When I ship something small like guinea eggs I have found it helpful to wrap them in the small bubble wrap and then place 10 to 12 together. Then I tape the bubble wrapped eggs together. I then take the big bubbles and wrap that around them as tightly as possible. It makes this big package which I then place in the box and pack paper around. Basically I say on the packing do not be stingy with the bubble wrap and pack them very tightly. I might add that one time I sold some eggs for the price of shipping and little more to try an idea I had. I took about 8 eggs, I think, and then wrapped layer after layer of newspaper around them. Each egg became a huge ball. The last egg I only wrapped a couple sheets around and placed in between all the others. He said that they arrived in good condition. That is one thing you might consider doing if you are shipping small orders. Also try to keep your cost at a minimum! I always like to order from people who only charge $12.00 for shipping instead of $15.00 I know it may be hard if you do not get free bubble wrap. I am pleased to say that I now have absolutely no cost in the packaging of my eggs except for the piece of paper I print the postage on. I use free Priority boxes and free Priority stickers and tape. I always use the Flat Rate boxes if possible. Even though our scale is tested by the U.S.D.A. the post office scale never agreed with our scale. I like to print the postage online because I save $0.50 cents on each package and because they can pick it up directly from our house. This saves me money on the trip to town once or twice a week. When I use the Flat Rate boxes I always know how much to change my customers. I can ship a medium Flat Rate box for $9.85 online. I can fit a maximum of 25 eggs in it. I never mark my boxes as eggs anymore. I had shipped about 10 orders I think, when I decided to put a big sign on the boxes saying hatching eggs please be careful etc. The first box the customer got one broken egg. This was the first broken egg a customer of mine had ever received. It was of course covered by extras. The second package with eggs packed in the same manner arrived with 10 out of 25 smashed. I shipped her another 12 for free and only one arrived cracked. I put a little extra packing on those but I did not mark them. I have ever since refused to mark them as eggs.
    That is all I can think of to say right now. I look forward to hearing some other ideas. I hope it can help someone.
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  2. Hi!
    Here is how I wrap and pack my eggs for shipping:
    Wrapping & Packing Eggs.
    There are variations of the same 'burrito method', depending on how many eggs are in the box.
    I mark the box Fragile, Perishable, etc and add this label:
    and this one:

    The last thing I put in the box is a copy of the label with the addresses *just in case* something happens to the outside of the box and the address is unreadable.

  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Hi houndit, great idea. Hopefully we can get this stickied, so we'll have less people posting about their demolished egg shipments from new sellers [​IMG]

    You've seen how I do it, but I'll post here anyway. [​IMG]

    I use either the #4 priority box or the #7 priority box for the most part. I keep some shoebox boxes on hand just in case I run out of the others [​IMG]

    The #4 box will hold 10-12 bantam sized eggs, 6-8 LF eggs, or up to 6 large duck eggs. It will also hold up to 40 quail eggs.
    Most times the shipping cost on these is between $5 and $8.

    The #7 box is very large, I can easily fit up to 3 dozen bantam sized eggs, 1-2 dozen LF eggs, 1-2 dozen large duck eggs, or over 100 quail eggs.
    The shipping on this box varies greatly, with where it is going and how much it weighs. The most expensive box I've sent this size was about $15 for shipping, and it went to OR or CA.

    The shoebox size can hold up to 2 dozen bantam eggs, 1 dozen LF eggs, or 60-70 quail eggs. I haven't used this one for ducks, but it would be about a dozen as well.

    Okay, now onto how I pack eggs for shipping [​IMG]

    ----------------------------------------------------------Prepping the eggs (chicken and duck)------------------------------------------------------------
    (Depending on what size eggs you are sending, you can usually wrap 6 eggs with just 3 sheets of bubble wrap!)
    A. Cut a sheet of bubble wrap into 4- 6" x 6" squares. Place the egg in the center of the square and fold each end over; secure with tape.
    B. Making sure that the air cell is 'up' (bigger, more rounded end of the egg), stand each egg on-end with the 'thicker' part of the bubble wrap against the 'thinner' part (remember where you overlapped the bubble wrap? Put this side against the next egg on the not-overlapped side of the other egg).
    C. Tape 3 eggs together on one side, then tape the other 3 together on the other side. (remember that 1/2 sheet of bubble wrap you had left over? Fold it in half and stick it between the eggs [​IMG]).
    D. Take this 'pack' and place it 'catty-corner' on another sheet of bubble wrap. Fold all four corners over so they join or overlap in the middle, secure with tape and voila!! Safe secure eggs [​IMG]

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------Prepping the box--------------------------------------------------------------------------

    1. Secure the bottom of the box with packing tape (even if it is already 'together'. I once used a box from diapers to mail some things to my dad's. The box opened up along the way (on the bottom where I hadn't taped it) and I lost quite a lot of personal items, like baby books, photo albums, things that I can't replace [​IMG])
    2. Line the inside bottom of the box with 'filler'. Crumpled or shredded paper or packing peanuts work best IMO.
    3. Place your 'pack' of safe, secure eggs in the middle of the box with the air cell (big end) up if you can. If this is not possible, lay it on its side. Loose air cells are usually caused from the eggs moving inside the box, not from them being shipped on their sides. Just make sure you don't put them upside down!! I don't think that would work too well [​IMG]
    4. Take some more 'filler' and firmly pack the sides of the box, all the way around the eggs.
    5. Once you have the eggs firmly packed on all 4 sides you can fill up the rest of the box, making sure that the filler is firmly packed in the box.
    6. Seal the top of the box and you're good to go!

    ------------------------------------------------------------What to do with the outside of the box-----------------------------------------------------

    I have read many posts that say not to label the outsides of the box. I always label mine, and I always get good reports on how the eggs develop. becky3086 got eggs from me about 2 weeks ago (from KY to FL) and everyone of them is developing. [​IMG]
    Labelling the outside of the box is a good thing. I put 'LIVE EGGS' 'FRAGILE' 'AVOID HEAT' 'DO NOT DROP' on the outsides of all my boxes, unless the receiver requests differently. The last person that did request that the outside of the box didn't say 'eggs' ended up getting 2 that were cracked. IT DOES HELP!!
    Make sure to label all 4 sides and the top of the box. As long as you don't cover the shipping/address portion of the label it's fine!

    -------------------------------------------------------------------Prepping quail eggs----------------------------------------------------------------------
    I use the 10 count egg cartons for quail eggs. I put the eggs in the carton, and put some toilet paper or paper towels on top of the eggs to keep any smaller ones from bumping the top of the carton (moving around).
    Each carton gets a full sheet of bubble wrap. I place the carton catty-corner on the wrap, near one of the corners. I fold the corner over, fold the sides over, and roll it up.
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    Does anyone use foil in case they go through x-ray?
  5. KDbeads

    KDbeads Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Quote:In essence this is what many people spend thousands of dollars learning when they go to school for packaging science or packaging engineering.
    The reason this works is that it spreads any shock the pack receives over the whole, the tightly packed eggs are acting as one object instead of many. Increases the chances on no breakage. [​IMG] Watch out.... my engineer side is coming out again. I was the designer in a packaging facility for 4 years..... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
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  6. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Quote:I did on a couple of shipments. I am not sure if it made a difference or not. I was told that they are not even exposed to an xray anymore. I do not know if this is true or not.
    I shipped 25 eggs to bmbetsy. Like I said before even though they were packed as well as all of mine 10 were broken. Miraculously 10 out of the remaining 15 hatched. The free replacement dozen arrived intact and none of them hatched. She said she thought it was due to an xray. I started recently putting foil in. I would like to here more about weather this helps or not.

    Great replies everyone! I have received eggs from shelleyd2008, bargain, tofuranch, and crunckie. I thought the packing on all of these was very good. Lets hope this can help some people.

    edited to say there might have been others I received from and liked and just forgot right now.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  7. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    No one else has anything informative to say on shipping eggs? I was hoping to get a lot of responses.
  8. KDbeads

    KDbeads Songster

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Make sure the PO scans the delivery conformation sticker when you ship it. I always pay extra for that on other purchases and it just never gets scanned!
  9. Hi! Not much else to add. Collect eggs often, candle for flaws prior to wrapping, ship fresh eggs (collect 3 days and ship the 4th day).
  10. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    Here is how I pack. so far 100% safe arrival on over 200 boxes

    I use the 12x12x8 priority box
    Put 1 layer of crumpled newspaper balls bottom layer
    lay 2 sheets of flat newspaper over that
    make tubes of crumpled newspaper and place around edges making a nest
    depending on size of egg, 1/2 sheet of bubble wrap for bantam and guinea, 1 whole sheet for larger eggs such as turkey and duck. I fold the bubble wrap over and wrap the egg in it like a tube. The bottom and top are open but the edge of egg is not near the edge. I place each egg large end up in the "nest". 9 to 12 eggs will fit, depending on size. The second layer of eggs goes on top of these, but laying on their sides. Then more crumpled newspaper to fill the gap, then flat newspaper sheets to make sure there is no room for anything to shift. Then I tape it up and Write EGGS FOR HATCHING-HANDLE WITH CARE on the top and FRAGILE on all sides.( I know-I should take pictures):

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