Okay, so a few of our hens got taken out the other night, we are thinking raccoons. Last night something got our rooster, carried him out over our 7-8 foot high fence, hence why we think raccoon. Husband went out, scared whatever it was off quickly with a shot but we couldn't find the attacker. We have the rooster though, his face is messed up but that seems to be it. He's dead, and rigor mortis has set in. Is it still safe to prepare him or have we waited too long? How do we proceed or do we just trash bag him? Also, we are addressing the issue and figuring out ways to handle the predators. I got some repellent for now, and husband is going to buy some traps to put out. We blocked off the entrance to the coop last night and that protected the flock for the night at least. Willing to hear ideas for that as well but mainly wanting to know if it's safe to eat the rooster.