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  •  Wait till they start coming in your fenced yard (0+ / 0-)

    to eat your dog, my neighbor lost their bull mastiff to coyotes when I was a kid and the average yote has become less afraid of humans than ever.  I've lost more chickens and geese than anything but they did get 2 of my dogs through the years, both in their own fenced yard.

    Your coop isn't as safe as you think it is, they will go over, under, through, I've seen chickens missing whatever they were dumb enough to stick out of their pen and coops made from all types of material that they have pried open.  At least the yote's usually don't kill all the chickens like dogs do. The last that dug in met my rottweiler on the way out...Maddie wasn't happy with it.  It paid for that chicken.

    And they do occasionally attack people, usually children.  Any you see that aren't afraid of you are a potential threat, and the threat is getting worse every year.

    Unfortunately people feed them and don't secure their garbage which attracts more and more.  As their population keeps increasing, the food gets strained and they get more and more bold about taking what they need.  We learned this out in L.A. a long time ago but it's taken time for their numbers and range to grow to what it is today, soon the east will know the joys of life with midsized urban predators.

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 06:00:00 AM PST

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    •  We have a shed size coop with 1/2" thick plywood (1+ / 0-)
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      walls, windows that are covered with 17 gauge welded wire with 1/2" by 1/2" openings. The attached run is covered sides and top by 19 gauge welded wire with 1/2" by 1/2" openings, with an apron of welding wire fastened down to the ground and extending out two feet to deter dig ins.

      Nothing is sticking out through that wire, and I sincerely doubt that a coyote is going to be able to break in, either. I know they can get into our yard by digging under the 8 foot tall board fence. I don't let our little dog have access to the back yard until well after dawn and well before nightfall, and we don't let him have access while we're not at home, either. He's at more risk, I think, than are our chickens.

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