I have a Buff Rock hen that tried to go broody about five times this summer. We keep Dark Cornish as broody mamas, so I broke her every time. Finally I'd had enough this last time, and gave her a dozen eggs. She settled well, kicked one egg out--who knows why--and sat down to brood. She's been a perfect mama until this morning, Day 19. Today she's been off the eggs all day, eight hours so far. I pulled the eggs and candled them (all viable) and put them into our incubator, but it's obviously not up to temperature yet and won't be for a bit. I have my fingers crossed for them. I didn't actually want the chicks, but now that they've been given life, I'd like them to have their chance. Has anyone had any experience with a hen quitting so late in the game? Any idea why she would have done so? Think she might sit again, and if so, do I take the eggs out of the 'bator and give them back? Oh, she's a two year old hen, and we have a "broody house" that we settle all our broody mamas into, so she's in a dark, protected space with no other flock members around. We hatch 3-5 clutches of chicks a year under broodies, and I've never had one do this before. I'm pretty mad at her right now!