Well my friends gave my 17 year old son some farm "fresh" eggs because he was interested in how they tasted. However, once my son found out they had roosters he whipped up an incubator in an aquarium. Despite what our friends said my son managed to hatch 6 out of 12 eggs. We live in an urban area so we soon got rid of 3 roosters as soon as they started crowing. My son is all about doing things the old way so he spent 5 months building a coop with a hand saw (that my son plays as an instrument) a hammer and some scrap wood he found at a friends house. Then we bought the wire at a large store that is basically a depot for the home. The coop turned out to be pretty.........rustic. For two weeks the chickens (Brenda Starr, Francis McKee, and Buckwheat...names my son chose) lived happily in the coop. Then this morning I woke up to extremely loud crowing. I woke up my son and told him I thought something was happening in the coop. After a minute of persuading (he never heard the noise) I got him to get up and go out to the coop. When we got there there was a raccoon around back of the coop, and as soon as he saw us he limped/ran away. We immediately thought the worse since there were no chickens in sight and we could not hear anything. Then my son started swearing and the voice activated chicken Brenda Starr ran out of the coop door through the run, and out a hole that the raccoon tore in the wire. Then the chicken ran up to my son and started making odd noises almost like it was talking. My son picked it up and told me to get a Rubbermaid tub. Once I got back my son had all three chickens surrounding him. He was relieved, and immediately started putting the chickens in the Rubbermaid tub. Upon inspecting the crime scene and chickens we noticed the following strange things: There was blood on the ground of the coop Even though there was a hole in the wire the raccoon was on the outside of the coop when we arrived The raccoon appeared to be hurt and in pain The chickens had a lot of blood on their beaks, but were not hurt in any way (no visible wounds) My son kind of made a theory as to what happened: He thinks the raccoon hurt himself trying to get in the coop, and then was unable to get up to the chicken loft (my son did not build a ramp). Then my son said that maybe the chickens got nose bleeds crying out so loud because that is the only way he could explain the blood on their beaks. He does joke saying that the chickens pecked out the raccoon's eyes and got the coon blood on their beaks. We think that we got really really lucky so now the chickens are in his room with a makeshift diaper set up that he made using some old underwear. We are currently making the coop stronger, and my son bought a slingshot............. So anyone have any ideas why the chickens might of had blood on their beaks?