This is our first flock (since January of this year.) We have 8 - 2 Black Australorps, 3 RI Reds, and 3 Easter Eggers - all hens, all the same age out of the same original breeder (9 months old). We run them in a tractor with attached run, and they are let out of the raised coop every morning and sealed back in every night (we have numerous predators in the area.) Usually, when we go out to close them up at night (around dark), they have already put themselves to bed inside the coop itself, and all we have to do is close up the ramp to the run. Last night, we found a hen sitting/sleeping(?) in the grass under the coop directly under the ramp. She allowed my husband (someone they don't really know and usually run from when he comes around the coop) to pick her up without fuss, and she went basically limp in my arms when I carried her into the house. (She is one of the Easter Eggers.) We fixed her up in a small dog carrier with food and water, and I made a nest for her on which to lay made out of an old towel. We put shavings on the kennel floor. She was awake and alert, looking around and moving her head with no problem, but she was essentially limp elsewhere. (Note, a very close inspection revealed no apparent trauma, wounds, sores, mites, fleas, or anything. Not even any broken feathers.) She spent the night inside in the kennel, and I expected to find a dead bird this morning, but the first thing I encountered when I stuck my hand into the kennel was a wide awake hen who pecked my hand. Eventually, I got her up on her feet, and she stood in one place for a very long time. Then, eventually, she started moving around the kennel onher own accord. She has been eating and drinking quite a bit since starting to move around this morning, and she finally made some clucking noises at me. We have had some heat of late, and I'm just wondering if she might have been dehydrated or at the bottom of the pecking order and had some issues eating/drinking withthe others? I think I'll keep her inside one more night, but my question is, after two nights and one full day out of the flock, do I need to do anything special to reintroduce her to the flock? I thought about putting her back in at dark, after all the others had gone to sleep. Or, I also considered bringing in another one to spend the night with her, then reintroducing the two of them back into the main flock. Thoughts and suggestions appreciated.