I was not sure where to post this so I thought I'd try here. My question is this: if you want to get nice birds from breeders to raise the quality of your flock- what is the best way to go about doing that? As far as I know, there are about three different methods of bringing in better quality birds. One is buying hatching eggs. Problem with that is that everyone states right in their auction ad......Not responsible for hatching success due to handling, etc. If you pay a good amount for nice eggs then they get beat up by the Post Office- you're out of luck. Next is day olds......Same thing, I bought some NICE chicks from someone and they were delivered a day late and 75 percent of them died. How can you control how the breeder packages their babies? Third is adult birds. Then you have quarantine issues and some people won't bring in adults in from anyone no matter how reputable. If I had my druthers, I'd go to the breeder and pick up day olds or juvie babies but as I'm trying to get some of the nicest birds I can reasonably afford- and want to stay away from hatcheries, there is no one in this area that I know of that has the breeds I have been looking for. Any opinions regarding this?