Hi, I need some advice. I have a Silkie hen (4 years old) who was injured 5 weeks ago. The flock was free ranging and ended up in the horse pasture, and my Silkie was stepped on by my miniature horse. I was in the barn at the time and heard a lot of noise, and the chickens scattered, all except my one. She had dragged herself outside of the fence to safety, and I knew she was badly hurt. She had broken her left leg, and I found a bird vet who I drove 3 hours round trip to every week for 4 weeks. The vet put a little cast/stint on her leg, and helped get my Silkie walking on her own again. Even though, she still has a limp (cast is off), she is able to get around. Now that we have been through all this, my Silkie is healed and otherwise healthy, maybe just a little lonely. My concern is this: I have housed my Silkie in our daylight basement which is a little cooler than our house temperature. So she has lived in 55-60 degree temp, and it is 30 degrees outside here, and gets much colder at night. I would prefer not to have a chicken in my house all winter. I am concerned with getting her adjusted to outside temperatures so that she can reintegrate back with the flock of 9 other hens. We have had some warmer days, high 30's, so I brought her out to mingle with the flock for an hour. So, I am not sure if it is safe to put her outside in the colder winter temperatures with her being used to warmer temperatures for the past 5 weeks. Maybe I should just put her out for a while each day, and bring her in at night??? Also, there are a few bully hens in the flock that seem to chase her a bit, and I don't want them to hurt her. Don't get me wrong, I would keep her in my house all winter if it was the best thing for her, but I think she is lonely, misses doing regular chicken stuff, and has lost a little weight, in comparison to the others. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. She is currently sleeping in her cozy habitat in the basement but I would like to get her back to normal. Thanks!