OK - I've got a couple other threads going here about the cool new home made incubator I built. Well - the week after x-mas a coyote decided to eat my rooster So now instead of using my own free eggs to try it out I decided to buy from ebay. It started out that I wanted the same breeds I have now - buff orpingtons & aracauna + I wanted to add Black marans to get the nice dark brown eggs. Well - Talk about sticker shock! If I'd known they were that much I would have been selling mine there before - I will be next year (as long as no one eats my rooster!) Anyway - I ended up buying a pile of 48 Black Austrolorp eggs to be delivered this week. I have never had these before - they they were the cheapest I could find in quantity. Then I went spendy & just won an auction for 8 welsummer eggs. They say these are just as (or almost so) dark as the marans but they color doesn't fade over time. How many of you have purchased hatching eggs this way? I'm worried about the cold & breakage - both sellers are reasonably close (my state or state next door) so I"m thinking there won't be too much time in the mail truck. But I still hate the thought of spending all this cash for a bunch of frozen eggs.