I was excited this morning to be receiving a box of shipped hatching eggs. My postal carrier delivered the box and I anxiously opened it, only to be horrified by what I saw.
These were the eggs I received. I’ll start with the obvious problem. Some were broken which can occur when shipping eggs.
The more serious issue is the condition of the eggs themselves. They were wrinkled and misshapen which is a classic sign of an egg from a chicken exposed to Infectious Bronchitis. While not all wrinkled eggs are from IBV infected hens I was not willing to take the chance of passing on the disease to my flock. IBV is one of the poultry diseases that is vertically transmittable, meaning from the hen to the chick inside the egg.
This picture from the Merck Veterinary Manual shows eggs from hens exposed to IBV. Too close for comfort. I am not willing to take that kind of risk.
Sadly there were eggs from another breed of chicken in the same box, but there would be no way to disinfect those eggs and still have them viable for hatching. In my opinion, the eggs as well as all the packaging material needed to be destroyed to avoid potential contamination of my flock.
Michael assisted me with incineration of the eggs and all the packing material. As a precaution I took a hot shower, discarded the towel that the eggs touched, disinfected the utility room, and washed my clothing on the sanitize cycle.
I am disappointed that I won’t be able to add those breeds to my flock but relived that I knew what to do to keep my flock safe. I apologize for the graphic pictures, but people need this information when a problem arises.
I am not saying what breeds these were, or identifying the seller who sent them. I am giving them the few days they requested in response to my asking for a refund.
UPDATE: Although the seller believes her chickens are perfectly healthy, she did refund my money, including shipping charges.