After a week or two of sitting around wondering how smart it was to order eggs in January I ordered 12 Black Copper Marans eggs From mothergoose 1963 (Amy). She sent 16 BCMs plus 5 pure bred black Ameraucana eggs, beautiful blue eggs. Everything arrived in great shape, no dents, no dings. WOO HOO Bonus!! I candled on day 6 and was surprised (pleasantly) to see 11 of 16 of my Black copper Marans were developing. One had a blood ring and 4 showed no signs of developing at all. 4 of the 5 Amaraucana eggs were doing great one had a blood ring. Amy told me she was getting around 80% hatches on the BCM eggs. 11 of 16 is around 68% very respectable for a mid-winter shipment through subfreezing conditions. I left the 5 BCM dudes in the bator just in case. It's a tough call to see ANYTHING in these dark eggs. Heck I wasn't too sure 10 of the 11 'developing' eggs were really developing. I saw movement in only one. So on day 9 I decided to candle again. One of the Dudes was developing!! It was a particularly dark egg so seeing veining was just impossible. Movement of a larger embryo was much easier to see. I actually got the other 11 'good' eggs right. So now were up to 12 of 16 BCM eggs (75%) which is what Amy sees from fresh eggs. Now I sit and wait.... .something I'm not very good at..... uuughhhh.