Hi! I'm new to BYC and actually new to chickens, too. We live in NH with our 100lb German Shepherd, Sigg. We've always wanted chickens and finally own a home with plenty of land to do it. We got 24 chicks in May of this year. We built a beautiful oversized coop and a 400sqft predator proof pen. They have an automatic coop door that opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. They are allowed to free range when I'm home, which is about 3-4 days a week. We have Silkies, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, Barred Rocks, Ameracaunas, Silver Laced Wyandottes, Golden Laced Wyandottes, and Golden Comets. I recently allowed them to free range and left for about 2 hours and sadly, a sly little fox paid us a visit. He took 7 hens and badly injured 2 (buff orpington and a silkie). I'm a nurse so I tended to their wounds as best as I knew how and isolated them in a hospital pen in our basement. I didn't think they would make it, especially the silkie. They were in total shock. I added electrolytes to the water and did wound care everyday. I'm happy to report that 3 weeks later, they have been reintroduced to the flock and are doing awesome! I did have to give up 2 Australorps and a Wyandotte as they refused to accept the 2 injured (although completely healed) hens back into the flock. The more I watched them, the more I realized they were just sort of bullying everyone. A friend of mine took them and they are doing great now that they are low bird on the totem pole. It's nice to have harmony back in the flock. I found BYC when I started researching chickens. Everything I googled, BYC had an answer. I learned a lot from BYC when I googled "how to reintroduce injured hens". Unfortunately, nothing I tried worked, hence giving up the 3 bullies. Looking forward to learning so much from all the experts here!