The backstory (skip ahead to the next paragraph if you're uninterested!): I mentioned in my introduction yesterday that I'm nursing an injured hen. She is a 6 month old silkie who was attacked by a dog. The attack was very quick- I saw her hop the fence at the same moment as my boxer, and Waffles got to her just a moment or two before I did. Despite this, she did get grabbed by the back and shaken before I got to her. She jumped up immediately and hid behind a large agave plant in the corner of the yard. From my parrot days, I know the toughest thing for injured birds is shock, so I herded the dogs inside and gave her 5 min to settle down before approaching her. Then I immediately put her back in the chicken enclosure. She wandered around for a few minutes and then laid down on her stomach in the middle, looking pretty unwell. I offered her some food and water. She ate readily, but seemed disoriented and was having trouble walking- she kept falling on one side. I realized she wasnt just going to 'bounce back' so I brought her inside and put her in a tupperwear with some food and water and covered the whole thing. I could tell she was bleeding from somewhere but I couldnt tell where, and it wasnt very much. Still worried about shock, I left her alone for an hour or so. During that time she pooped (it was normal), ate a good bit, drank some water and laid an egg. When I finally pulled her out she was incredibly painful. On one wing all of her primary feathers had been pulled out, most of the feathers under her wing and above her leg were gone. Somewhere in there was a wound but I couldnt find it and she was starting to pant. I covered the whole area with vetricyn and left her alone for the night figuring she would make it or not. In the morning she was still alive and looked more alert than she had the day before. I have a large coop (the size of a smallish shed) so I moved an unused rabbit hutch into it and filled the bottom with straw. I put a dish of food, some veggies, and water in it and left her there while I went to work. I picked up some penicillin on the way home and when I got home she had eaten well and was still pooping normally. She seemed warm to the touch, but otherwise okay and she was moving a bit better (still gimpy but able to walk without falling or looking disoriented). I put her in the sink and used warm water to give her injured side a bath. Eventually I discovered the source of the bleeding. She has a rather deep puncture about an inch above and behind her leg. No redness, but there did appear to be some puss inside it and it was warm to to the touch. I washed the whole area with antibacterial soap, flushed the wound with a syringe with diluted apple cider vinegar and then clean water, dried her off and filled the puncture and the surrounding area with triple antibiotic ointment. I gave her a 0.2cc sub q injection of penicillin (shes thin, and I was nervous about pushing the needle in too far so I 'chickened' out of doing an IM injection). I kept her inside last night. She ate, but not a lot, though she did still eat pretty well this morning. I put her back out in the rabbit hutch today, and again she ate but not a whole lot. Her movement is much improved and she is barely even limping now. The question: The injured hen is due at least 3 more days of antibiotics, and its very cold (for Tucson- mid 50s) and rainy. I had planned on keeping her inside at night in a tupperwear so she stays warm and dry, and out in the rabbit hutch in the coop during the day. She is alert and she seems worried about being alone. She is still eating, drinking and pooping, but keeps making anxious sounding chirps whenever all of the other hens have left the coop. Today I put her out for 30 min with the flock when I fed them a bunch of garden scraps. She seemed on edge and stayed on the periphery of the flock but seemed happier to be with them. She ate some, but spent more time standing at alert. I want to make sure she stays warm, dry and that her wound stays clean, but does that outweigh the costs of her being anxious about being alone? Do you think keeping her in the hutch is a suitable 'socialization' until the wound is healed up? I just want to do what's best for her! I'll feel terrible if she doesnt make it.