I hate bubble wrap

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Randy, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Does anyone besides me hate the bubble wrap method for shipping eggs.[​IMG]

    I'm not talking about all the time it takes to do it. I'm talking about on the recieving end.

    I have not had good hatches with eggs shipped to me being smothered in plastic. Plus there always seems to be a couple cracked in the bottom of the box. Then to add insult to injury I get hosed on handling charges to pay for all the stinkin bubble wrap.
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have had 2 sets of eggs sent to me to hatch. One arrived wrapped in paper towels, with a little bit of bubble wrap around the wrapped eggs. None of them even began to develop.

    The second batch was wrapped in bubble wrap, each individual egg and then wrapped in newspaper. Out of 14 eggs, I got 10 chicks.

    The egg wouldn't need any oxygen if there is not a chick developing in the egg any way.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The plastic does not suffocate the eggs. I wouldnt ship it without it personally. People seem to usually have great hatches with my method, too. I roll the eggs with bubblewrap strips and tape the top and bottom with masking tape. They are never completely enclosed anyway.
  4. melissastraka

    melissastraka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Hoquiam, WA
    Quote:yes, i received all her bubble wrap eggs in perfect condition. I personally wouldnt buy from someone that didnt use it. I would rather pay for the shipping of bubble wrap then to have someone use newspaper or something else and not get anything but broken and scrambled eggs. IMO I think it is worth it. Plus, its like christmas when you open them!
  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    The eggs I received were perfect even after a long journey. They weren't wrapped in bubble wrap, but that thick foamy wrapping that is very similar. If I were to ship eggs, I would definitely use either bubble wrap or the foam wrap.
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I use to wrap in bubble wrap,but the eggs do need to breath. Started packing without and people began getting better hatch rate. no broken eggs in the past 3 yrs.

    If using bubble wrap, make sure to leave ends open.
  7. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Quote:How do you cushion your eggs? I want to start selling some of my eggs soon, and want to give them the best possible chance of arriving unharmed, so I'm looking at many people's methods.

    I've gotten 4 shipments of eggs. One in foam with holes for eggs (turkey) to fit in, from MHM, they sent 4 extras, which was good because there were 4 broken. Out of 2 dozen, 12 hatched.

    15 Dorking eggs were sent wrapped in paper, put in a carton, and padded with wadded paper. 3 or 4 were broken, (I forget exactly, it's been awhile) and of the remaining eggs, 1 hatched. Many never started to develop, or died early. Only 4 made it close hatch.

    Next was 26 Delaware eggs, each egg wrapped in 2 layers of bubble wrap all the way around, then nested between sheets of bubble wrap, padded all around with wadded paper. None were broken, only 3 failed to start developing, 20 made close to hatch. Then I had some 'bator problems, temp and humidity swings, and made what may have been a mistake when I took out the turner. Instead if letting them hatch upright in a carton, I laid them down. I only had 8 hatch, lost one, so 7 that are very healthy, lively chicks, and a bunch that looked fully developed, but didn't pip. I don't think the bubble wrap was the problem.

    Then I just got some Friday, one layer of bubble wrap around the center, ends open, in a foam carton, the carton bubble wrapped, centered in the box with shredded paper. 4 badly cracked, a couple scrambled, every single one with a detached or badly damaged air cell.
  8. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    I guess we all form our opinions on our personal experiances. Me, I've been unlucky with bubble wrapped shipments. My latest bunch had three broke.

    I believe the lack of air problem really shows up when the USPS doesn't come through like they should. A couple of days might not hurt them but after a week of being wrapped in plastic and they don't do so good. Unfortuantly I have more shipments that take 5 or 6 days to get here than two. What really ticks me off about this is that I'm careful to buy eggs from only a state or two away and not on the other side of the country and it still can take a week. I can buy anything else off the internet and it gets here fast but I seem to be cursed when it comes to eggs.
  9. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    I do use bubble wrap but like you I am not real fond of getting the eggs unwrapped. I usually manage to drop when with my clumsy hands. I wrap mine in bubble wrap but I staple the ends so air can get inside and it is easier to just snip the ends off and unroll the egg. If I use an egg carton for shipping then I just place a piece of bubble in the egg nest and leave it open. When closing the carton I lay another piece of bubble wrap over the entire contents. then wrap it around the carton but leaving the sides open.

    The most important thing about shipping eggs is to provide a good shock absorber. Bubble wrap does that very well. Just know that the box of eggs will be dropped during the shipping process. It is a given and not the intent of the postal workers to do damage to our eggs. The process just does not allow for the mail to be processed without large bags of mail, including boxes marked fragile, to be handled any differently. Bags are usually dropped out of the planes directly into the tugs or trolleys that take it to the terminal for sorting. You eggs will be in better or worse shape depending on where in the bag the are. The more packaging including bubble wrap the better.
  10. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I'm not wanting to start a debate here, but what do you suggest we wrap them in besides bubble wrap or foam? I'm pretty sure a paper towel and an egg carton is not going to cushion them very well. I've always had the best luck with bubble wrapped or foam wrapped eggs. I've ordered TONS of hatching eggs and the ones that I don't have success with are those that are not wrapped. Even if they arrive all in one piece, they have so much internal damage they don't even develop.

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