I don't know if you saw my edit, but she did come back! She is in confinement though, I really want to keep her. I'm annoyed at myself for not taking better care of them. Oh well, at least I have one Rhodebar pullet!
Now just waiting for peeps in a few days hopefully! Candled last night and had to toss four eggs. But hopefully the girls will have enough between them. I'm curious to see whether mine tag team like I have seen others do (were those your broodies, Fisherlady?). The eggs should be hatching around the same time, so my two broodies will hopefully cooperate.
I do have a group which is pretty amazing about co-brooding, the pencils are just a crazy genetic line and my group of 'sisters' are a blast. I have many other broodies which readily share chicks and chick rearing duties but aren't as cuddly about it. I think the general flock attitude has adjusted to a 'it takes a village' attitude to chicks and we almost always have at least 2 which hatch at the same time. There are infrequent squabbles between some of them the first day or two but they resolve very quickly and the hens then settle into the important business of being mamas. We do have a couple who don't participate much with the other hens when raising their chicks but they do take care of any other chicks which are hanging around.