So we decided the way to go with our farm was chickens. We tried goats, horses= and we ended up loving our first 6 chickens, and decided to now raise and breed them. I hated the thought of them being shipped in live and wanted to do the eggs. SO i purchased more than 100!!! eggs, from sellers on ebay and they are also sellers on eggbid. Out of 100 eggs, we had 14 eggs hatch. One is missing a wing, one had a horrific tumor and died in 24 hours, 3 have very very bad crazy goofy feet, and one had some type of huge stomach, looked fat with a cripple leg and could not walk, though we watched carefully he drowned in the water dish. He would end up on his back and could not get up, I was rolling him over countless times each day. Now, our incubator was fine. I know this as OUR eggs from our current flock hatched fine!!! All of them! These mail order chicks are so, so bizzare, it is like the postmaster purposely put them thru an exray machine. You should see this one chick with only one wing. He looks strange, even in his eyes. They are a strange bunch! Our last hatch of eggs from our current bantams and polish -over 30 eggs, were no where near as this- not one problem! Its so depressing. So, I ordered the chicks we wanted from Texas Poultry, they are coming next week. We wont go the egg route again. One ebay seller sent us eggs in a carton. Thats it- in the carton! He put them in a carton with no wrap and then in a priority mail box. It was nothing but shells and yolk when they arrived. (none of those hatched, either ) That should have been my first clue, that perhaps the eggs were doomed from the start. Well, if all our handicapped chicks make it, we will have a handicap coop for them. As long as they can function I am ok with them.