Today I received fertile eggs via USPS from someone I found online through one of the forums I belong to regarding rare chickens breeds or fertile chicken eggs, etc. I'm not exactly sure which website I found this person through, but regardless this person was selling fertile chicken eggs so I bought two dozen from her. I've debated with myself on whether I would post something but after weighting the pros and cons, I decided that I should as it may help another fellow chicken fancier, breeder, hobbyist, etc. I have seen so much good information from many people who have shipped eggs, I have seen photos of how people ship eggs and believed that someone who ships eggs frequently would make sure to insure the eggs would not be damaged with careful packaging. I would like to state up front that I am in no way mad or upset about the conditions that the eggs I purchased were received in. I had confidence that they would be shipped in my opinion, "properly", but to my dismay 6 of the 24 eggs were either smashed or had hairline cracks in the shell. It is not to my advantage, or anyone else's to describe my interaction with the shipper/breeder after I received the eggs, nor is it a concern for anyone else...that is not the intent of this post. What I wan't people to know, witness and to understand, is to take a little extra precaution and care when shipping fragile eggs that are going to produce our fellow chicken enthusiast our beloved chicks. As you will see with the photos I am attaching, each egg was carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and taped precisely, but when they were placed in the USPS 2 day air box, there was only one small film of bubble wrap that was placed only on one side of the box. This allowed room for the eggs to be jostled and tossed around, hitting one another and the sides of the box, ultimately crushing several eggs. My concern now is that whether the remainder of the eggs will even be viable for hatching. I guess only time will tell, specifically 21 days after I begin incubation which will be placed in my incubator in two days. Again, I am not upset or angry about the situation just a little disappointed and heartbroken that I now have 6 fewer chances of a successful hatch as this is a breed that has a high in shell mortality rate upon incubation. I truly only want you to witness my experience, to learn from it and take a little extra precaution when shipping eggs. I was very excited about receiving these eggs as this is a new breed of chicken for me. I only hope that I will have a few little bundles of joy in a little over 3 weeks. Thanks for listening and happy chickening.