We have been living in NC for about a month now. Our property backs up to woods on 2 sides. We are working on secure chicken runs at the moment. Everyone is safe at night locked up. I like to let my chickens free range. About 2 weeks ago, at 3:30pm, I chased away what was either a pair of HUGE coyotes or red wolves with one of my chickens. There has been no signs since...until today. My chickens were screaming. I ran out...they had taken one of my favorite hens. They came from the woods, through the yard, and right up to the fence we have for the dogs VERY close to the house. Her first pile of feathers are right there. I followed the feather and blood piles into the woods until I lost the trail.
I am mad, even with secure pens, they are not safe if they free range. On top of it...that fence will keep my little dogs in, but is an easy hop for these coyotes/wolves. So in broad daylight, everyone is a sitting duck.
I am thinking that high fence along the treeline, with electric wire on the OUTSIDE...bottom, middle, and top...would deter them. They would have to go to the road, and then around the house to the back yard in the middle of the day to get anything...THAT would be pretty bold. Does anyone have experience with something like this? Does it work? Any tips???