I have raised Silkies for 5 years now. Started off as pets and fresh eggs. Then I let my hens hatch a few eggs on their own. Now, I bought my first starter incubator, a LG still air, manuel egg turning. I did my research, most from this forum. I placed a modest batch of 17 eggs into the incubator. I carefully marked in pencil the x and o and set my eggs on the wire mesh suppied, giving ample space. I monitered Temp. & Humidity. Went into"lockdown" 3 days prior to hatch. Now, Yesterday, on schedule, my eggs are hatching. Problem is-the little guys are running all over the incubator, eggs are rolling everywhere! I read to keep them in there 24 hours before moving to the brooder, they have been peeping non stop and get very excited when you look in at them, stretching their necks up and flapping their wings. My question is, can the unhatched eggs remain in the incubator, touching each other, and being rolled around without harm? 7 have hatched, 5 are starting to hatch(can see shells being chipped away) and the other 5 has not shown activity-yet. There is lots of peeping going on, even from the unhatched eggs. One more question, please. How long should I wait before giving up on an egg to hatch? I have learned much from reading this forum, I also enjoy the chicken pictures and stories here. I look forward to any help anyone can offer, and thank you in advance.