Rules are simple here,this thread is started because so many people cannot afford live adult birds and the only logical way is to buy fertile eggs and have them shipped.This will be a "before and after" thread,meaning you will need to ask the person on the receiving end of the shipped eggs if they are willing to participate.To make this contest fair to everyone,the shipper must provide pics and a description of what methods they use to pack eggs.Any shipper can be used,United Parcel,Fed-Ex,United States Postal Service,,and any method can be chosen,,such as Priority shipping, 2 Day Express mail,ect,,but you must tell us the method and guaranteed delivery date. I'm hoping we can arrive at the best carrier,best way to pack eggs,what some shipping boxes actually looks like upon arrival,and also what happens to the eggs packed inside. I have had eggs shipped to me in styrafoam cups,nothing but packing peanuts in the entire box with the eggs loose inside that box.I had one shipment put inside of 2 boxes,each one being larger than the next.One shipment came to me that had to take 3 rolls of toilet paper to wrap 12 eggs. Since much of the success of hatching peafowl eggs depends on both the shipping and the proper incubation of the eggs,it's only fair the pair of participants who experiences the highest hatchrate wins the contest.If you ship several shipments of eggs this season,each shipment can be entered as long as the buyers willing to accurately submit pics and then how many actually hatched out and lived. I'm sure some unforseen questions will come up,but we can work thru those when they arrive.So here are the rules SHIPPER-1) Post a pic or more of your technique for packing eggs to be shipped 2) Tell how many eggs and what varieties are in the shipment 3) Tell what carrier is used and the delivery time in days 4) Tell us the final destination of the shipped eggs( No it cannot be next door or to yourself),,no less than 150 miles or entry does not count.Post the miles to the buyers zip code 5) Cost to ship and weight of shipped package if possible BUYER 1) Take a picture of the outside of your package once it is delivered and look for damage to the box.If there is damage this is where this thread will help everyone by then getting pictures of the contents.Was any eggs broken? If so where were they located in the box? The outside edge?Did the shipper try and put all eggs in the middle area of the box to avoid slight exterior damage by shipping?Was your package double boxed? If so and the outside box is damaged it will be interesting to see what the interior box looked like in relation to it's placement inside the larger box.Did this interior box also get damaged,or was it spared? 2) Give us the delivery date.Was it on time or a day late? 3)Examine for air sack displacement before they go into the incubator and tell how many air sacks are loose if any 4) 30 Days after incubation began you must then accurately report how many hatched. We will then look at the highest hatch rate relative to distances-days until delivery the eggs travelled.Perhaps everyone that decides to try this could contribute some hatched peas to the winners? If we wait for the possible last entrants to hatch their eggs many entrants flocks may have stopped laying by that time,if we were to all contribute a few eggs to the winners..And most of the time the buyer may not have peachicks to give away to the winner,thats why their buying eggs to start with Ideas for contest winners? We missing anything? Is there enough interest?