Hatching after broody hen gets off eggs

Hi I'm a new member, it's great to find this site, I have had chickens and ducks for about 7 years and really enjoy them. A friend gave me a hen and 12 eggs which she was sitting on for 4 days but when I got her home she got out for approximately 8 hours. I put a lamp on them and they are in a insulated box but when I put her back in with the eggs she refused to sit on them. Am I wasting my time or should I carry on. I appreciate any comments. Thanks.
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