Hi everyone! I live in the foothills of western NC. Last Saturday a VERY injured rooster found its way into my pasture (somehow if there is an injured animal in a 5-mile radius they find me). Anyway, this rooster had apparently been groomed for fighting (waddle and comb cut off, and the toe closest to the spur cut off each foot). He was a mess and very beat up. Eyes swollen closed and infected, pus all over his head (his head looks like someone possibly threw him into a fire) and a 1" hole on his back covered with 100's of maggots, and I believe his jaw had been broken as it will not close but he can still eat. He was very weak and could hardly hold his head up. I have been caring for him round the clock for a week now and he is doing a lot better. I have been keeping him in a rabbit cage locked in my barn tack room and during the day when I can supervise I put him into a large wire dog crate on the grass in front of my barn for partial sunshine and fresh air. My barn cat has taken a liking to him and stands guard (he is also locked in a cattery in the tack room at night due to predators). I have many questions about raising Reggie the Rooster and building him a coop/pen when he is fully healed, but I need to get started now. Ill need to get him a couple of girlfriends too .lol This bird is so sweet and we have bonded so much in just one week. I am so thankful he found his way to my home and that I was able to care for him. I cannot believe how cruel someone was to this boy (I have been taking pictures of his progress). I will most likely have a lot of questions as this is my first time having chickens. I have dogs, cats, a cockatiel, turtles, horses, goats and a donkey .and now a boy chicken.