This may not be the right place to post this, but it seemed to be the best place. My apologies if I am in the wrong area. I have a chicken (Dominique hen, 1 year old) that has apparently had some close calls here lately. Firstly, there is some guy messing with myself and three other single females in the area. One of his joys is messing with our chickens. Until now he had only been stealing eggs and at times swapping our eggs out. I have a camera set on the hen house now, so I am not concerned about him anymore. However, before setting the camera up he took it upon himself to cut the feathers on one of my chickens. I want to choke this guy. He cut all of the feathers around her neck and a couple of inches down her back to where they are just white quills, and then cut all but three tail feathers. I think feathers around her neck and back were cut short enough that it was probably painful. Immediately following her haircut she ran into a neighbor dog. The dog managed to pull out a couple of clumps of feathers on her tummy and butt and got her remaining tail feathers. He got enough that her skin is smooth where the feathers are missing. When the wind blows you can see just bare skin. My question is what to do about this. I think they molt some time in the winter, but I am not sure. But, I need to know what to do until she gets her feathers back. I thought about maybe getting a pair of leg warmers and cutting holes in it for her wings so she could use it like a sweater. My concern in doing this is that I have been told that chickens puff their feathers out to trap body heat to stay warm. If I put something over top of her she may not be able to get the body heat trapped in the feathers. Since the second dog attack I have been keeping them corralled in the backyard, but that will only last for so long as they are used to free ranging. I've kept them penned up so she could huddle in the hen house if she got cold without being alone. Plus one of my other hens is sitting on eggs right now, so even if they were cut loose to free range, if this one wanted to retreat to the hen house that would leave the third chicken out on her own. I don't think that's very safe. Wondering if anyone has any advice. Btw, I did consider getting her a diaper and bringing her in the house, but keep going back to leaving the one all by herself. I only have the three, the one that is missing feathers, one that is nesting and a third one that is fine.