I have a severely compromised hen and need to have some idea of how long it will take to bring her back into a condition where she can take care of herself... Backstory: Mixed flock banty orp and five standard hens, two black and three brown (breeds unknown). A couple of months back, the brown hens started to disappear at about the same time I had some raccoon issues; I thought the darn coon got them and wrote them off (at the time, they were all free ranging, cooped at night). Feed has always been out to supplement the foraging they do, and water is readily available. Two or three weeks ago, wow, I had TWO brown hens again. Returned hen was thin, like she'd been brooding, but in reasonable shape, eating, foraging, and I let her just do her own thing. Last week, I started cooping the chickens for winter, with the inevitable night gathering of the holdouts, and thought that I had suddenly had a brown hen totally crash on me. She was lethargic, couldn't perch, dehydrated, starved, nearly dead....but when I went to the coop to see which of the two it was...I still had two! This was the missing third brown hen. She had no resources to stay warm with, so the first night I brought her in, syringe watered her and offered her anything she might want to eat. She mostly slept in the bed next to me (hey, she needed warmth and protection from the cats!) with occasional water breaks, which I did by dripping water along her beak with a syringe. The liquid was actually diluted Snapple tea for sugar and caffeine as well as hydration. The next day she was not thrilled to say put, so out she went to the coop. Could not walk, could not perch, but shuffled around with much waving of wings. This was one determined, very weak, very endangered, hen. So I made her a nestbox full of nice warm dry shavings, provided water (not tea), and a dish of raw egg mixed with small wheat bread chunks, a dish of feed, and fenced her off from everyone else, making sure she had sunlight available for warmth without cooking her. She has been eating like crazy, drinking very well and is now erect, bright eyed and able to perch on the side of the box, although she still cannot actually walk around--she does the shuffle-balance thing still. Totally skin and bones, it's been almost a week now, and I'm encouraged. But how long is it going to take her to come back to normal function, if not normal condition? I don't expect her to lay until next year, for sure, but I just want to know how long I'm likely to be coddling her and if there's something I'm missing that needs attention. Thanks!