I am not going to get past this until I tell someone, and I don't want to tell anyone who knows the people involved because I don't want to hurt anyone when I can't be 100% sure.
Anyway, I sold some hatching eggs to someone. She said she ordered because of a review she saw about me. The review was:
SUPER EGG !!! In February I bought myself some Isbar hatching eggs from for my birthday. Packaging was amazing and all eggs arrived in perfect condition. After they shipped we had a cold snap and unfortunately no babies hatched. I told Walli and she said that she would replace them for just the cost of shipping when I was ready. 3 weeks ago she sent my 12 replacement eggs and as of now 5 have hatched with 4 more zipping! AMAZING seller who is always willing to answer questions or give advice. Thank you Walli!
She purchased 12+, shipped to their home. I sent 18 because of an issue with one of my birds that has now been removed from the breeding pool. About 3 weeks later, she said she had a good hatch - 11 hatched. However, 2 had leg issues, but the rest were doing great. A couple days later, she said it was all working out and asked if she could get another batch of eggs. I told her that I had stopped shipping for the summer (this was July) to change feeds and rearrange some pens and I wanted to make sure to recheck fertility after all that before shipping any more eggs. So far, so good.
Then, about 8 days later, she tells me all but 2 of the chicks had died suddenly - 4 that she had sold to one customer, 2 she had sold to another, and 3 of those she kept. She only had 2 left. She implied, but nicely, that perhaps it was a problem with the eggs. This breed did have vitality issues due to inbreeding when it was first introduced to this country, but I have worked hard on diversity in my breeding groups and had overcome that obstacle. I haven't had any other customers complain of early chick mortality to me, but it made me wonder if something was developing. She asked me last week if I had any eggs available yet and that only one chick survived, but my girls are molting, so I told her it will be a little bit yet.
Here's where the problem surfaces. Yesterday, a customer of hers posted pictures online of some juveniles that would be the same age as the ones my customer hatched - 5 gorgeous, healthy birds that look very much like my stock. I asked her where she got them and she told me she had gotten them as chicks from my egg customer! And she was told they were hatched from my eggs!!!
I know, I hadn't sent her any more eggs for just the cost of postage as I had planned, so no-harm-no-foul, right? Even if I had, I wouldn't be that upset about losing money on the eggs (though that really hurts at this point in time), but it does make me think twice about continuing to ship out a second set of eggs when the first was not successful. I like to share my breeds with others and want them to be successful hatching. But I am mad about being made to wonder if there was a problem developing in my stock. I am mad that someone might willfully plan to take advantage of my caring about my customers' success. I am mad that her customer has a question mark about the lineage of her birds.
I am not sure my egg customer will contact me again for eggs since I know the two ladies talked and she knows she was caught in her lie. But if she does, would you sell to her again, but at full price?