none of my hatches have been spead over a period of more than 24 hours, so i try not to take chicks out a few at a time. rather, i prefer to leave them in until they are dried and fluffed up, and that way don't have to open the incubator often. the problem i have is that the chicks that pip earliest start running around inside the incubator and knock the eggs that are still pipping and cause them to roll within the incubator. so a chick that is still pipping and has made a small hole in its shell gets knocked by an early pipper and ends up with the pipped part of the shell facing the bottom of the incubator instead of pointing toward the top. doesn't this make it harder for the chick still in its shell to get out? i've had good success rates in terms of the % of eggs that hatch, but when there's quite a few chicks fully pipped they can knock the ones still in the shell all over the place. i know that this doesn't happen during natural incubation under a broodie. any thoughts?