No, I'm not looking for help or sympathy as it appears I'm too far gone now. All I can do at this point is share my indiscretions and sins with other like-minded individuals. Just less than a month ago I had grudgingly agreed, with the wife, to no more hatching eggs for the moment. Apparently, I had lost my mind and didn't know what I was thinking or saying when I agreed to her impossible suggestion. Unfortunately, my last incubating attempt of a dozen bantam salmon faverolles was a total wash. I suspect an extremely lengthy shipment as the primary factor in failure for that batch. Only one of the eggs developed at all and it wasn't looking too good when I candled at day 18. So with that dissapointing incubation fresh in my mind, I decided to just peak at egg offerings on eggbid and eBay, just to see what I might be missing. Big mistake, I know that now!!! I couldn't resist these little Mille Fleur eggs because I love their feather patterning, the eggs were so reasonably priced, and no one was bidding on them. I just had to save those eggs from a no-bid situation. When those eggs arrived earlier this week, wife questioned, "That package is marked Fragile. Are those more eggs?" Quickly, I searched my mind for a white lie. "Oh!" I said, "It must be from that nice lady on Backyard chickens forum who sends out hatching eggs as random acts of kindness." Oh what a tangled web we weave. I really don't think the misses bought this explanation. Now, I really better starting thinking up something better for the dozen dark egg layer eggs that I couldn't resist last night.