I have a five week old Buff Orpington who broke her leg last week. She got stuck somewhere she wasn't supposed to be and injured herself trying to get out, we found her Saturday evening. We separated her from the other five chicks and set her up someplace safe to recover, also made sure the other five would not suffer the same fate. On Monday, I brought her to a vet. He hobbled her legs together, putting them through a sponge so they would stay under her. Before she'd been laying with her leg outstretched behind her. I learned then that this was bad and meant that she might not be able to use the leg again because it stayed that way for so long. We went home with her legs kept in the hobble and some bandage tape and an elastic to use for another one. I changed the sponge hobble for the elastic one Wednesday night. With the elastic hobble, she started standing more. She was able to balance on both feet, though couldn't seem to control her toes. She also preferred to stand on just the good foot, and the bad one I noticed was much paler in colour. I took the elastic hobble off of her Saturday morning and noticed that it had left 'cuts' on her legs. The edges of the elastic had dug into her poor legs leaving some nasty looking gashes behind. She continues to practice walking and balancing. She's getting quite good at it. But I'm not sure if she'll ever have full use of the foot she'd broken and what those gashes mean for her. Will they heal? Do they hurt? What should I have done differently and what can I do now to help her recovery? Also, another question that's been weighing on my mind, how do I reintroduce her to the other five chicks and when do I know it's time?