She's been clamped onto the nest without a break since day 18. When I saw all the cold, forlorn eggs, I figured I might as well set her on the ground for minute to give her a chance. She wasn't keen on leaving the nest, but did her business scratched for a minute or two and then went back on the nest.
I thought I was buying a really broody bread in Buff Orpingtons, but out of 8, only 2 proved broody. One died last winter so now I'm down to 1. My mistake was buying thru a hatchery.
Naw, I would have not taken her off, but its ok. Buff Orpingtons usually do set some, but Nothing like a Old English game or a silkie----silkie being so small---I Love The Game Hens. They alone have hatched probably close 1000 chicks in the last 3 years for me.