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Poultry Shrink Bags


Best bags for the money!
Posted by Unknown on 28th Apr 2014
I've been using these bags for years now. Recently I had a couple of opportunities to save a few dollars with "intro offers" or combo packages. The bags weren't nearly the quality and their regular price is more than Cornerstone. I'm hooked!

Our poultry shrink bags are 55 micron high barrier. At present we are carrying poultry shrink bags primarily for pastured poultry producers and therefore have limited sizes on hand. If you have a specific size poulty shrink bag  you need please call us and we will check availability from our suppliers.

Shrink bags are the best bags you can use to present your product in an attractive way yet some of our customers complain about the cost. You need to realize that you are selling a top quality product and as such it deserves a top quality bag. You are not paying for the bag; the customer is and you need to include the price of the bag, among other things, in your price per pound. A four pound chicken is only going to cost them 27¢ extra or .0625¢ per pound. These bags will deter freezer burn for up to 2 years and that is saving them from throwing out a product they already paid good money for.

We purchase these bags by the case and then count out each one in order to sell them to you in small quantities. There is no other company that will sell a case at a time let alone in the small quantities we do. This comes at a price, you expect to be paid for you hard work you do in raising birds and we expect to be paid for our hard work trying to provide quality products and information to small scale farmers.

To use shrink bags do the following:

Make a drain rack out of PVC pipe that will hold at least 8-10 birds (see below). Drain birds from chill tank.

With the birds sitting on the rack with their “head” up, slide a bag down over the chicken. Take one bird off the rack, turn it upside down and push it all the way in to the bag. Squeeze the legs together and gather the bag tightly around the legs. Then spin it to form a “pigtail” out of the excess bag material. Staple the bag. The stapler should go AROUND the pigtail and not through it. Then either pierce the bag at the breast area, (over the breast bone) or pierce the bag at the base of the clipped end of the bag by the legs to let the air out. Place (dip) into 170-200° F hot water. Swirl the bag around in the water or use a pair of tongs to hold the bird down (it may want to float). (It is not necessary to use the basket shown in the picture above.) There should be a rush of air and bubbles so be careful not to get burned. The shrinking is done in an instant, pull the bagged bird out of the water. When all done weigh the bird and put a sticky label right over where the bag was pierced at the breast. If you’re going to put a label on the package do it now after wiping off excess water then place it in an iced cooler. No need to close the hole if you pierced it at the feet end.

If you have a bubble of air inside the bag the bag was not pierced sufficiently to let all the air out of the bag.

Do NOT place the bird back into ice water. Water will leak back into bag, labels will not stay on in water.

***NOTICE: We cannot take bags back once they have been on the farm due to possibility of contamination.
Please don’t ask as you would not want bags from some other farm***



Price Each

Case Price

Parts (boneless breasts, etc.)


17¢ each




 23¢ each


 Broiler (3-4 lb)


 29¢ each


 Broiler Fresh


 32¢ each


 Roaster (4-6 lb)


 30¢ each


 Roaster Fresh


 36¢ each


 Large Roaster(5-8 lb)


33¢ each


 Large Chicken (8-12 lb)


 41¢ each


 Small Turkey (10-12 lb)


 61¢ each


 Medium Turkey (12-16 lb)


 63¢ each


 Med. Lg Turkey (16-20 lb)


 69¢ each


 Large Turkey (20-30 lb)


 99¢ each


Extra Large Turkey (30+lb)


$1.25 each


NOTE: These are suggested sizes only we cannot guarantee sizes will fit any specific size product.

For broad breasted chickens or turkeys use the next size up.