Having had some so-so successful hatches with our own eggs encouraged us to purchase eggs from others. These eggs were shipped and of course, our already so-so hatch rate of about 45-50% made us hopeful we'd be able to hatch out purchased eggs. Like throwing money out the window (for us anyway). Several batches of purchased eggs candled with nothing in them; several with developing embryos but stopped only a few days in and the rest upon opening (after failure to hatch), showed various stages of being *scrambled* but none were beyond embryo stage. Figures, today, the eggs slated for hatching from our own flock of Marans are starting to pip. Only 8 in bator but 2 are pipping so will see what it brings total. Just wanted to share the perils of shipped eggs and at first I beat myself up for failure but don't feel quite as badly as I did given the state of the fertility and/or lack of development. Postal service is definitely a risk!