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How I Ship Eggs - Tutorial

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Pagemaker, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. Pagemaker

    Pagemaker Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    Here is how I pack eggs for shipping. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Also please share your ways of shipping eggs. I'm always looking for a better way to do things.

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  2. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    I imagine they can't get more secure than that. I've received bob white quail eggs that way and still had about 10 cracked eggs. But I got a decent hatch of about 80% anyway...

    I personally wrap my chicken eggs individually with bubble wrap completely. Then I pad the bottom and sides of the box either with a piece of styrofoam or a thick layer of shredded paper. The eggs are then placed in a plastic bag full of shredded paper and tied tight. I try and distribute the eggs so they're not touching in the bag. That bag is put in the middle of the box, making sure that the sides and corners of the box are full of shredded paper or styrofoam. Then cover the bag with shredded paper tape it shut.

    My goal is that there is no movement in the box and no eggs are touching the sides or bottom of the box. So far, it has been an effective method of shipping.

    If I had access to those foam things that you use and be able to purchase them at a decent price, I'd give them a go...
  3. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Wow! Great job, I don't spend the extra money on those foam sheets but they are really nice.

    When shipping 12 eggs I use an egg carton. I cut a piece bubble wrap and put it in the egg cup, then the egg, the bubble wrap should by about 4"x4", I then lay a piece of bubble wrap across the top of the eggs the extra wrap will fold over each egg. This will make the carton very hard to close so if it is to resistant, I cut the top off and reattach it directly over the eggs and tape the entire carton closed. I then wrap that in a foam cloth or bubble wrap. I place that carton diagonally in the large Priority Mail box 12x12x7. The corners have more protections with filler this way. I have used shreaded paper, Foam peanuts, Crumpled paper and crumpled grocery bags either plastic or paper. I think the Plastic ones weigh less and can possibly keep you under on your postage weight if you are right on the border between one pound and the next. The key is to keep your eggs from moving at all. and provide plenty of buffer between any edge or side of the box.

    My son works for FedEx and they carry US mail by contract now. When the mail sacks come in they are literally dumped from the plane into a carts below. No mater if you put Fragile on the box or not they are all handled the same at that point in time as any other mail. They do not intentionally throw and try to damage boxes marked eggs or fragiel, they never have an opportunity to ever see them. Once on the conveyor belts they scan sort the boxes but they can fall off before a person ever handles them. The eggs that are lucky enough to be in the middle of the large sacks or on the bottom have less chance other things falling on top of them and will arrive to you in better shape. When packaging your eggs just make sure you have as much buffer or shock absorbing material as possible in order that your eggs can withstand the bumping they get when the planes are offloaded. The smaller the airport the smaller the planes, the shorter the drop and the better your eggs will fare.
  4. Pagemaker

    Pagemaker Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    Thanks for the info on how they handle the packages in the post office. I've often wondered why they were handled so roughly even when you label them "Fragile"
    I know I quit writing "This end up" because it didn't mater even in the post office while they were weighing the box they will set it on its side, etc. then they would throw the box into a cart behind them while the box said clearly "Handle with Care"

    I've recently ran out of the foam inserts and I've been mailing the eggs differently.
    I've been wrapping each egg in bubble wrap. Then I wrap each one in toilet paper. Then I take a disposable plastic cup and wad up some toilet paper and put in the bottom of the cup. Then I place the bubble wrapped, toilet paper wrapped egg in the cup. Then I wad up another piece of toilet paper and put over the top... then I take a piece of wide shipping tape and tape the top so nothing can fall out. Its not packed tightly so that if you shook the cup the egg would move just ever so slightly.
    Then I take these cups and wrap them loosely with the little plastic shopping bags. One bag to each cup. Then I place all of the cups in another plastic bag and pad the larger box with plastic grocery bags. Then I tape up the box real well and send it priority mail.
    I've sent several this way and one person said they had one egg that was cracked... but everyone else has reported no broken eggs at all.
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    LOL, that should do it!
  6. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

    Jan 15, 2009
    My Coop
    In 2008 I won some SQ Splash Silkie eggs on eggbid, paid $80 for them, coming from NY, and they all arrived smashed, yolk all over the box, even the outside!! No refund, I put in a claim, and the p.o. ignored it for 8 months then refused a refund. $80 down the drain. Lesson learned. No more eggs from NY. Must be a really bad p.o. between here & there. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    The link seems broken.
  8. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    It was posted last year so it probably doesnt exist now.
  9. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    When I do mail eggs, I place bubble wrap on the bottom of an egg carton, the egg and another sheet of bubble wrap. I then find some styrofoam from a TV or refrig, the heavy duty stuff, and place this around the egg carton. I then place some rebar on all the sides in a box. I then stand on the box and sorta do a little jig. If it holds up to my 250 pounds, I mail it. If not, I start over again. Since all the eggs can't move around and the box can hold up to 250 poinds of weight, the eggs usually make the trip without breaking. Not much I can do about the temperture or altitude, both of which will affect the eggs. Until the buyer sees the package, they question my shipping cost.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Considering that this thread is a year old and the link is broken anyway....
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