I came here to ask some questions but am getting some really good info from reading the old threads of others who have had this happen. It is frustrating to spend so much time training my cats and dogs out of ever attacking our pet hens and we all co exist outside peacefully with free range hens during day. Even though my property is enclose some neighbors dogs that had been running loose killed one and had ahold of another before we could get the hen away from the dog. She is pretty badly hurt on her hind end but looked a lot better today. It has been 4 days. She eats, drinks and today wanted out of the cage badly and hobbled around on her gimpy leg for several hours in the house. I bought some over the counter sulfa antibiotic for poultry and it seems to have helped considerably. So this is my question since I am not a chicken expert: She is missing about 1/3 feathers. It seems to cold outside to put her back outside without feathers. How long does it take for them to get some fluff going so she does not have bare skin. I only had three hens so I am concerned also for the third who is used to free range in the day and has been trapped alone in the coop for 4 days. I would like to reunite them as soon as possible but my girl Miya inside has open wounds I really don't want her out in the mud and muck it is winter. Tomorrow animal control can deal with the dogs as I know who owns them now. Maybe I am just looking for some support because people don't seem to care that these dogs did this because they are "just chickens". We are nursing a wounded chicken and had to bury another. These were our pets and someone elses negligence resulted in my pet being shredded and my sons pet chicken near death requiring attention every couple hours as we nurse her back to health possibly for weeks. It is extremely frustrating that people take the stand that if chickens free range even though my property is completely enclosed with a 6ft chain link fence that it is my problem not the dog owners who do not contain THEIR pets. Anyhow sorry to vent just thinking that you folks will understand how violated and upset we are at what happened to our sweet gals. Can you guys clue me in about the feather thing? Maybe even some suggestions on WHEN it is ok to put her back with her friend? The large gash wound is at the tip of her wings it appears black because some feathers are stuck to it when we took this but she is actually preening a bit today which was nice to see. The other side looks the same. This is four days post attack it looks much better but she is soooo sore.