So, for Christmas - I received "Merry". She is a beautiful buff orpington who had to watch the rest of her flock be decapitated by a weasel over the course of several days. How she survived was either resourcefulness - or pure luck. Her previous owner asked if I could bring her into my flock because she didn't want her to be alone - and she couldn't guarantee her safety. Apparently, the poor thing had stopped eating because she was literally light as a "feather" when she was picked up. Because they are "fluffy" in the winter, my friend didn't realize how much weight she had lost. So - she is very weak and unsteady on her feet. But, clearly traumatized. The guinea hens let out one of their collective warning shrieks and she literally collapsed to the ground and I had to help her regain her feet. Problem: the other chickens are wandering by her and pecking her sometimes pretty hard. I have kept her separated in a kennel at night and in the day confined her in the coop. I was hoping slow acclimatization would help. Also, she needs to regain some strength. I have brought her into the house where I can make sure she keeps eating. Again, she is very tentative when she walks and falls over easily. She doesn't seem ill other than just weak. I have been giving her extra protein, lots of food and keeping her water fresh. I will let the house cool more at night since she is in here. (I heat with wood so, adjusting that "thermostat" can be as much art as science. ) How should I introduce her when I think she is strong enough? Right now, when she is pecked she just either falls over or "ducks". My instinct is that she needs more strength before being introduced to the new flock. I don't want her further traumatized or injured - and am scared to death my other (jerk) chickens could seriously injure or even kill her. Ideas for diet/recuperation and introduction to the flock would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!