I grew up on a farm and have had chickens my entire life. I have never tried shipped eggs until this year. Me and a good buddy decided we would give this a try as he has never done this either. Let me start by saying neither of us are strangers to incubators and have used them for several years. I had four clutches shipped in and my bud has recieved 2 clutches himself. I am useing a sportsman and a hova-bator. My bud decided to use brood hens that he has had great hatches with in the past. So his first set was 18 which he divided between 3 brood hens and added some of his own eggs to each. He had 1 out the 18 shipped hatch and all but one of his own eggs hatched. I had 14 in the sportman and several maran eggs from a friends flock I set for him. I had 4 of the 14 shipped eggs hatch and almost all the marans hatched. Now my next group(shipped) is due on the 9th in the hova-bator. I just candled and only 3 are fully developed and alive. 12 from my flock are in there too and ten of them are fine and due the same day. My buds next set are due on the 10th and I have another set in each bator developing, I hope. If these next 3 sets dont hatch well I think I will be over shipped eggs. From what I have read 50 percent is the norm. Is what we are getting normal or are we doing somthing wrong? The weather was nice for all the shipments and we put them in cartons big end up and let them all rest for 24 hours at around 68 degrees. Also neither of us recieved any damaged or cracked eggs. Is there something we are missing here or overlooked? Here is where I will post updates. I really had no resources on here like this so this chart is just to show mine and a friend that lives near by experience that we had with shipped eggs. This is in no way intended to deture anyone from ordering shipped eggs but to just give detailed info on a couple other people experiences with shipped eggs. The chart is broken up by breed, Incubation method, State shipped from, # of eggs and what hatched. Again this chart is only intended to help educate the new to shipped eggs people. Keep in mind that others have reported much more positive experiences and luck with shipped eggs. My hopes is that other new members will follow in my footsteps so that we have more resources on this topic. All eggs were shipped during fair weather. I will update the chart with in a couple days of each shipment hatching and this is when I will add new shipments as my bud has a couple more on the way. All eggs were shipped to North-east Kentucky. Set #1) 18 eggs = 1 chick Buds Brood Hens Set #2) 14 eggs = 4 chicks Mine Sportsman Incubator Set #3) 12 eggs = 0 chicks Mine Hova-bator Set #4) 8 eggs = 4 chicks Buds Brood Hens Set #5) 8 eggs = 0 chicks Mine Sportsman Incubator Set #6) 12 eggs = 7 chicks Mine Hova-bator Set #7) 16 eggs = Still pending Buds Brood Hens Set #8) 32 eggs = Still pending Mine Hova-bator/Sportman/Brood hen Breed and Shipping State. All shipped to North-east Kentucky from: Set #1) Standard Cochins Florida #2) Standard Orpingtons Alabama #3) Standard Wyandottes Arkansas #4) Standard Cochins Georgia #5) Standard Wyandottes Georgia #6) Standard Turkens Mississippi #7) Standard Cochins New York #8) Standard Orpingtons Georgia Still awaiting arrival on another set.