Okay,we have all probably bought fertile hatching eggs that have to be shipped to us.I have a few questions about shipments that I have got and poor hatching results that I think was a direct result of poor packaging. First off,the eggs were wrapped perfectly,none arrived broken to my residense.Many people give great praises on the packing of the eggs,,but this is what happened to me. I bought 20 eggs from a well known breeder.They sent 24. The eggs arrived to me,both dozen inside a larger box,,but both dozen was placed inside the box on their side,,immediatedly after I got the eggs,I sent them an e-mail saying they arrived and none were broken,but did mention then about the eggs being sent laying on their side. They never replied back to me,,but the hatch date was Sunday or Monday and from 24 eggs,,I got 3 chicks that hatched. So tonight,I finally candled the remaining 21 eggs,and in all the eggs that didn't hatch from this seller,every one of them the air sacks was moving around in. I wrote them about this a few days earlier about the poor hatch,and they replied they had shipped thousands of eggs this way,and no complaints,,well thats fine,but I now have close to $25 each,in the 3 chicks that did hatch out. Gravity can be a great or a very bad thing,and in my opinion,when an egg is placed on it's side,and then subjected to vibration,and rough handling on it's trip to you,doesn't it make more sense if the egg was placed in the box air sack side up? At least this way,gravity is keeping the yolk down inside the egg shell,and not against a fragile air membrane. If the shipping box is marked THIS SIDE UP,and NO X-RAYING,HATCHING EGGS,,at least if the package is positioned right during shipping,isn't it a lot less likely to rupture the egg air sack? I feel I threw my money away with this seller,although they did offer to send me 6 eggs,if I paid the shipping,I thought why waste that money,if their still going to lay the eggs on their side and ship that way again? BTW,these were not $3.99 a dozen eggs,, Today I got 36 eggs shipped to me and tonight before putting them inside the bator,decided to candle them,7 air sacks was moving,and of those 7,5 were placed in the carton with the air sack placed DOWN in the egg carton,,it makes me wonder if all the eggs were placed air sack up,if my final result would have only been two eggs,with ruptured air sacks? Opinions? In my opinion,wrapping an egg against breakage is only 1/2 the issue,and if something as easy as placing the egg in the carton air sack up,and marking the shipping box on the outside THIS SIDE UP,, will enhance the number of eggs that actually do make it thru shipping and stand a chance to hatch out. I personally now am instructing sellers that I buy from to package eggs this way to me and ship,,If they do otherwise,and lay the eggs on their side,or the egg carton on it's side,and then I get 85% ruptured air sacks,would this not be cause for disputing the sale thru Pay Pal and demanding full payment back? I also think the seller should candle eggs before shipping,, looking for this as well.