The coyotes are getting very brave. We just lost another female duck to a coyote yesterday. We lost the first one two weeks ago while we were on vacation. We assumed the coyote struck at night, since we left the ducks unprotected at night. But yesterday, the coyote came in the late afternoon. My husband was outside, adding roosts to the chicken coop, until about 5:30 p.m. He went back out at 7:30 p.m. to make sure everyone was in for the night, and he couldn't find our female duck. The male drake that we bought over the weekend was by himself. So we knew something was wrong since they are always together. My husband finally found the female's body in the back part of our property. So sad. Just when we found her a partner, too, after losing her friend two weeks ago. Plus, we found a bunch of white chicken feathers in an area of the pasture, so it seems that they ate a chicken, too. I kept everyone - kitties included - indoors today. Sounds like getting a shotgun is the next step. The coyotes have to know that they're not getting any more free chicken/duck dinners handed to them, shooting over their heads, if not at them directly! I have a little boy. The idea of coyotes roaming through our yard in the afternoon is very scary. Not that I'd leave him outside alone, but still. Scary.