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How to package rolls of chicken wire - The Packaging Doctor

By Carl Board • Monday 7th June 2021

Cylindrical rolls can be puzzling to package, especially if the Royal Mail has advised against tubes that keep rolling off the conveyors. This is the very problem that faced a recent patient of the Packaging Doctor’s clinic. Thankfully, Kite’s wealth of practical packing knowledge was able to provide an inventive treatment to Sandra’s dilemma.


Hello Doctor,


My business sells rolls of chicken wire to farms across the country. We’ve traditionally packed them in cylindrical tubes, however, Royal Mail recently instructed us to change our packaging as it was causing issues with their conveyors. We considered boxing our products but due to the size, this would work out very expensive. Is there an alternative we haven’t thought of yet?


Thank you in advance,




Hello Sandra,


Thank you for getting in touch! Also, thank you for your great work supporting British farming through your products. Let’s take a look at some of Kite’s products which could work well for your chicken wire dilemma…


Firstly, we offer polythene tubing which is available in very large sizes for great versatility. These products are usually purchased by customers needing specific sizes that differ from our standard selection as they can easily be cut down as necessary. However, they should offer plenty of width to capably cover your chicken wire rolls while providing a strong and durable standard of protection.


Now, we are still left with a cylinder – fear not! In order to prevent rolling, you could cleverly utilise one of our triangular postal tubes to act as a wedge. This unique shape is extremely postal-friendly thanks to its ability to be tessellated, thus taking up less space than a cylindrical tube. They are delivered flat packed and easily assembled in seconds, as demonstrated on our product page to ensure that both you and your postie are kept happy. These tubes are cost-effective and take up very little storage space in your warehouse, hence why they are such a popular multi-purpose solution.


Best of luck with your packaging and don’t hesitate to return to the clinic if you identify any other lumps and bumps in your postal process!


All the best,


Packaging Doctor


Note: All the packaging problems our doctor receives are real queries from customers or non-customers. If you have a packaging problem that needs diagnosing get in touch: Twitter @kitepackaging or email