I'm a first time Chicken raiser. This May, I at last bought the farm and have started my forever home(stead). I raised 40 chicks (mailed ordered from this site, could not be more please with BYC). 1 day after putting them outside in what we thought was a predator proof coop and covered fenced yard, tragedy struck. The neighbor's dog, a Pitbull mix with those jaws of steel, tore the fence from the wall and went on a killing spree. We lost 18 of our darlings including all three roos (I wonder if at 2 months old the boys tried to protect the flock?) 6 more hens were injured, but lived. 5 of those we were able to return to the flock. (The coop has been reinforced and the neighbor gave the dog away). One sweet Barred Rock hen is still in my living room, keeping company with my angora bunnies. What we thought was a badly sprained leg, proved to be a really bad break just above the knee joint. A vet friend specializing in small animals and birds, took a look at her and said that even with costly surgery there no hope of re-gaining function. She's a happy bird, by the 2nd day of recovery she was singing and chatting to anyone who came near, so we named her Sunshine. She get around on one leg reasonably well. I take her out to the yard several times a day for forging and exercise. When panicked she has developed a flying/hop that covers ground pretty quickly, but of course she would be helpless against any predator. We hope to let the rest of the flock "free-range" in a fence acre or so around the coop, as such we know she can't go back in with the flock, and of course there are concerns of her being badly pick on, or killed by the flock. I would like to find her a friend. Does any one have any advice? Should I put out a lonely hearts ad on craiglist for another injured chicken? Is there another breed of chicken or bird that is less likely to pick on her? I have the room and time to build another coop just for Sunshine and friend(s) next to the house where I can keep an eye on them. I also have concerns about her laying eggs. She has just this week laid her first 2 eggs. Both were tiny, smaller than the other first eggs of the flock. I've read about eggs getting stuck in the hen. I'm concerned that some of her muscle might be weak on the limp leg side. Could that make egg laying harder for her? She put no weight on the leg at all, though she does seem able to move a bit from the hip. Sorry the long winded post. I'm as chatty as my hens. Thanks for reading, I look forward to any and all advice. Please share any similar stories, hopefully with happy endings.