Last fall I lost around 20 chickens, all 4 guineas, and 5 ducks to a pack of coyotes that came through our neighborhood. My flock was not the only one with major losses.
I have 7 lonely hens left that have been kept locked up tight in their hen house. With spring here, we are letting them out into their small enclosure daytimes, but I will be adding around 20 more chickens from purchased chicks to get my numbers back up.
What can I do to discourage the pack of coyotes? Depending on weather, they will sometimes attack in the day.... not to mention the raccoons, possums, skunks, and foxes in the neighborhood. We lost birds daytime, and on the odd evenings kids forgot to close them in.
Their enclosure is about 5x20 and is surrounded by 5' chain link with the bottom 2 feet lined with 1/4" hardware. All fences had to be made goat proof, so they are buried, and reinforced at the bottoms. One side of their enclosure is shared with the goat pen, one with the neighbors, one with my garden, and the last side is their building (a converted, enclosed shed).
I used to let them free range the back acre and a half, but don't think I can anymore. Any suggestions??