Technically this is not a broody hen but she might as well be. I had got hatching eggs off a lovely lady but my one precious d'uccle egg didn't hatch as it had a tiny crack in it I hadn't noticed so it stopped development at about day 15 (it's the end of the season here in New Zealand so I was pretty gutted). This lady found me a little approximately 12 week old d'uccle pullet in her free range flock and offered her to me. We don't have good d'uccle stock in New Zealand (certainly not the gorgeous colours you have in America) but they are still a sweet little bantam - I'm hoping she will get a big of facial fluff as she just has sparse whiskers at the moment. My daughter wanted a frizzle pekin bantam (cochin) so we bought two chicks off this lady as well - a 1 week old and a 2 week old. She boxed them up together and we brought them home.
The chicks were cuddled up with the pullet when we got them home so I put them in an indoor cage together and gave them a heat lamp. We called the d'uccle Hope and she has seriously adopted these two frizzle chicks as her own, and they look to her as their mother 100%. Hope will let them cuddle with her to keep warm, she shows them food, she even rushed one of our cats when it got too close to their cage (our cats aren't interested in the chicks, they are just jealous of the attention the chicks get). And for a chicken that was free ranging, Hope is very docile and sweet.
I had read that older chicks hatched in an incubator (as these 2 were) won't recognise another chicken as their mother so I had a brooder all set up for them rather than trying to attach them to one of my broody hens (which I had thought about doing before I did some research). But now Hope is looking after them and I don't have to worry. Makes my life easier that's for sure!
From left to right, Hope, Cracker (who is VERY cuddly), and Avalanche
Adorable chicks and wonderful story! So glad they have each other!