Woke up this morning (6:45 am) to the sound of my hens squawking a bit from inside their coop. Unusual, as I've never heard them do that in the morning. I got up and immediately went outside to let them out. As I walked into my backyard I saw a large figure of a "dog" that I instanly knew was a coyote digging around in the trees just outside our fence (which is wire). Is it possible the chickens could sense/hear/smell the coyote even though they were still inside their coop and the coyote was at least 20 feet away? The coyote wasn't too fazed by the fact that I was out there. He stirred a little and started sauntering away. I was about 10 feet away from him at that point, so I sort of rushed toward him clapping my hands and he took off. My husband came out and tried to follow where he went. It turns out there is a den about 100 yards from our house, behind the produce farm that neighbors us. We had no idea. We've lived here for less than a year and have heard neighbors say they've seen coyotes, but it's not like we live in the sticks, so we didn't really think too much about it. Totally freaked out that this one was so brazen and so close to me at 7 in the morning. I contacted the human society, which redirected me to the Agricultural Dpt., which redirected me to the name of a guy that I guess handles these types of situations. So now I am just waiting for a call back. Has anyone had an experience like this? Like I said, we don't live in a super rural area. The only thing is that we live at the back of a produce farm, but other than that, we are in a suburban location. And it makes me uncomfortable that there is a coyote hangout so close to my house.