Pearl, my white Silkie hen, has decided to go broody two days ago. She managed to park herself on about four eggs, at least one of which I know wasn't hers (oh well). I can deal with it, even though I wish she waited until spring for this. (DH didn't want chicks in the house - oh well too bad now!) Today I went out and she wasn't on the eggs. I did my chores, and by the time I was done (10 min), she was back on them and "screaming" at me if I got too close (some of you know the broody hen scream). How long can she be off the nest and the eggs still be viable? It was about 55 degrees in the coop, and I have no idea how long she was off the nest. Will she just continue to sit on the eggs if they never hatch? I don't want to take her eggs if they're still good. Thanks, wise BYCers! PS - I'm afraid these might be Silkie-bantam OEG crosses - how homely will these little tykes be?