When setting eggs to hatch, we have always been told not to wash them. When setting shipped eggs, well, it's a gamble anyway. I have ordered shipped eggs now 4 times, and none have ever hatched or made it past days 7-8. I got some shipped eggs on September 1st, and some of them were broken. I washed THOROUGHLY the group of eggs that got goo on them from the broken ones and set them anyway. Of all the eggs that came in this shipment (24), 4 were washed. Only 3 eggs are remaining viable at this time 11 days into the incubation, and those 3 are eggs I washed. Not a single one of the unwashed eggs developed past day 5. Today is day 11, and these 3 washed eggs have growing, moving chicks inside them. I can, therefore, only conclude that washing eggs before setting them ain't such a bad thing after all. Any other thoughts on this?