Hey all...Here's the deal. I shipped some eggs from PA to OR. All eggs arrived intact and seemingly OK. They were all less than 3 days old when they were shipped. It was a mix of bantams (silkies, Japs, cochins) and standard EE. Some eggs were incubated and some were put under a broody. The incubated eggs hatched before the broodies. Not sure of hatch rate, but I am under the impression it was pretty decent. All the bantams are fine and healthy. Buyer hatched 4 or so EE. One was fine, one had yolk sac issues, one had "no tail??", one had huge legs that stuck straight out behind it and one had deformed toes and a "hunched back". These were all incubated chicks. I am waiting to hear how the broodys' hatch went with these guys. Now...I have hatched gobs of EE from the same stock here, and out of probably 60+ chicks, I have had to cull 2-3 due to a crooked beak and leg issues. I also have to admit that I am one to "help" with hatching if they were having problems. I have also shipped EE to others and not had reports of these problems. Does anyone have a reasonable explanation for this? Why were the bantams eggs that were shipped in the same box OK and the EE not?? Just coincidence? Do I need to be worried a/b a genetic issue? I just feel terrible that this person is having to deal with all these mutant chicks. I don't want it to happen again if there is something I can do to prevent it. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks!!!!