Hi All, I got 4 new chickens for my backyard flock a couple of weeks ago. I lost my last flock to a evil little dog. I had raised them from chicks and they were wonderful - beautiful, clean, great personalities. I decided to get started chickens this time, because I did not want to rear chicks during the summmer (busy camping schedule). So, I got 6-8wk old birds from a local farm that broods chicks from a hatchery. When I went to pick up the chicks I was very upset to see the conditions the chicks were kept under. Masive over crowding strange behaviours and some sadly torn up young hens. Older birds kept with younger ones. I just about left, but strangely 4 hens came up to me and seemed to want out (strange in I don't believe they were ever handled). Well I bought all 4, that was all I could do, and brought them home. They are all sweet 10-12 week old pullets. One BA,one Deleware, one RIR, and one small grey chicken that I have not yet identified. Now I have them, I don't really know what to do. The RIR has had her back and tail feathers picked off, the BA has had her tail ripped up, the Delaware has poop all over her beautiful white feathers and is stained yellow. They all have strange behaviors, nervous pacing, standing in corners with head down. I don't see a dominent bird yet and they don't peck each other. They just seem to be happy to be out of that chicken hell. So advise: 1) Will the feathers grow back? When? At their next molt? I feel like I should put a little sweater on my RIR, she has to be freezing at night. 2) Can you clean feathers of poo? A good scrubbing would clean up the Delaware, but I don't know if the feathers would be damaged. I am sure the process would be very upsetting to the chicken. 3) Will they ever stop being weird, or are they just damaged from the bad treatment at the farm? I have a lot of patience so no hurry, I just don't want to invest in a lost cause. Example, I have been trying for 2 weeks to get them to range outside the coop. I let them go in our very safe yard and they are back in the coop in less than 5 mins?? Now, 2 or 3 days I understand, but 2 weeks? Anyway, thanks for the advise in advance!