I know this subject has been covered before, many times, but I'm afraid I didn't pay as much attention as I should have, because I THOUGHT our pens were predator proof. WRONG!!! So, night before last, a coon got into one of our pens and attacked my 6 1/2 month old Buff Rock Rooster, Harry-that-I-call-Henry. We heard the ruckus at 1:30 in the morning. My DH screamed out the window and we FLEW down to the pens. There poor HtIcH was, lying on his back, flopping all over the place. I thought we were too late. He lost a LOT of blood. My shirt looked like I had been shot in the chest at point blank range. He was screaming the most awful scream I've ever heard. We finally got the blood flow stopped. BTW, in case someone doesn't know, cobwebs will stop blood flow when nothing else will. I collect mine and save them in a cabinet for just such a time as this was. He has 6 small bite wounds. (My DH thinks the coon might have been a small one. He got hold of more than he bargained for when he got a hold of poor Harry/Henry). We covered him with Povidone Iodine to ward off infection. Now his head is quite swollen in the area where his ears are. He doesn't hold his head up. His beak sorta rests on his chest. He can stand, but I don't think he is eating or drinking on his own yet. My questions are: (1) Could he have sustained neorological damage that will keep him from ever eating or drinking on his own? and (2) I am dripping water into his beak from a dropper, but how much should I be giving him each day? When should I start trying to force-feed him (if he doesn't start on his own)?? When we first started with chickens 10 years ago, a coon got into our hen house. (Why I thought our pens were predator-proof. They have been all these years until now). He bit one of our hens behind the head (trying to debrain her). She survived. Her head was swollen about two times as much as Harry/Henry's. She couldn't see out of her eyes at all. Her head was black and blue. She truly looked like a battered woman. If I remember correctly (and I may not), she didn't eat or drink right away either. But she healed just fine. (We named her Miracle after that). I am soooooooooooooo HOPING that Harry-that-I-call-Henry will be ok. He is a big, strong, BEAUTIFUL roo. Please keep him in your prayers. THANKS!!!