I was going to let this go but after thanking a bit I just had to answer your post .
I have been doing mail order eggs for over 20 years now and the one big thing I have noticed is the quality of the eggs being sold over the years and my last mail order eggs I had 6 out of 8 hatch and the eggs came from Ohio and the number one thing I noticed when I opened the was how big the eggs where and that was a clear indication the hen that produced the egg was a full grown adult or over 18 months old and being Russian Orloff eggs I was totally surprised to have so many hatch as these are hard to hatch under any condition but the one big thing I have noticed with shipped eggs is that if you put them in the incubator and just leave them alone and I do not touch the eggs till day 23 and then I check and toss if needed and my hatch rate has gone way up over the last five years ..
Eggs that are off shaped or to small will not hatch .
I have gotten more then disappointed over the years but then I learned the such is life and that mail ordering egg is not what it was in years past as there are people out there who are selling eggs that they not be sent through the mail as the ladys that are producing the eggs are to young .
Please enjoy all your hatches and remember if you cant afford or enjoy going to Vegas the don't do and the same goes for mail order eggs to day .
Oh I try to write the people on E-Bay and ask them about their live stock and I do a personal grading of the people by the letter they send back .
I appreciate you taking the time to write your thoughts & I'm glad that you did.
These eggs were from Ohio as well.
They were nice & big. A couple with mildly porous shells but nothing outrageous.
I've had enough experience hatching that I can control myself to candle only at Day 10 & then at lockdown. It's hard but I sit on my hands a lot. :)
Oh, I guess I do candle before setting to check aircells.
I wash my hands before & after for safe measure.
True - I shouldn't complain if I'm going to gamble.
I was really only venting in one of the few places where I probably wouldn't get the "are you nuts?!?" reaction.
I know I'll purchase and hatch shipped eggs again.
I've had decent success in the past - just not these 2 batches & never this poor before.