should i bring an injured chicken indoors

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one of my hens has hurt her leg or foot while free ranging in the yard. There is nothing visible (no bumble foot) but doesn't like me messing with it. I currently have her resting in the small coop I raise chicks in and use as my sick bay but it is in the 20s here and I'm worried she is too cold. two options, I can leave her there and add a heat bulb or bring her in the house in a small dog crate. will I stress her out more if I bring her in?
 

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She should be ok with either. If you want keep an eye on her more then I would bring her in the house. I usually keep any sick or injured birds in the house then they go out to a small coop. I have one that would love to stay in the house on a permanent basis!! As long as you are able to keep her reasonably confined to rest the injured leg she has a better chance of recovery. I've not found that bringing them in cause any more stress to them.
Good luck with her, I hope she heals soon.
 

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