Originally Posted by MetalFarm
Mutt Farm is correct. 2 Pygmy weathers 3 dogs one is small and is always inside. The other two have an electric fence that runs the perimeter of our yard which is in the middle of a 40 acre soy bean field. The chickens free range during the day but they have a run with a 4tf fence and poultry netting on the top thst I can leave them in if need be but they generally need the extra room of the goat pen when I'm at work and the entire yard when I'm home. The biggest dog spends about 14 hours outside.
I've been keeping the floods lights on the backyard and a shotgun ready but I feel it's only a matter of time until something bad happens.
My main concern at this point is the goats sleep outside. The chickens are protected at night. Will the coyotes hop a 4 foot fence at 3 am and kill a goat??
Everyone is leaning towards electric fencing but wouldn't I have to do the entire 1 acre yard?
Thanks for all the awesome replies
coyotes will come day or night for a meal, they will kill your goats if they can get to them, electric can work as long as they can't jump over it though, this time of year there seems to be more coyotes killing livestock, I think it's younger ones that have left the pack as the are usually single one. We are surrounded by a pack, we can hear it move around us every year, the pack doesn't seem to bother us. I would be careful about your dog as well. Once one finds you it will keep coming until you have nothing left, your best bet is to try to shoot it or at least fill it's backside with buckshot, they do leave after that, though it can be a battle of wits to see them and get a good shot.