So, I was sitting at the table at about 4pm and from the corner of my eye I see 2 of my chickens running by. Then right behind them, I see a dog of some sort. I yell a curse word, grab the gun off of the counter and start running outside in my socks. I hear my husband coming behind me. I get back to the chicken/bird yard and see that it is a coyote standing outside of their fence. It saw me and started running back out front. My husband and I both run to the front and my husband takes the gun. Unfortunately, it was too far off by the time we got there and in the general direction of one of our neighbors houses. So, we didn't want to shoot in that direction. I did a quick head count of my adults and we saw no evidence of a kill. Luckily. I am disappointed in myself as if I was quicker, I think I could have gotten a shot off the first time. I am not that familiar with guns and have only fired one a handful of times. But, last week 2 of our neighbors dogs got into the pasture and killed at least 3 of my chickens (one has never been seen again) the neighbor was notified and is supossed to chain them now. So, now I typically take the handgun out with me whenever I am doing something for a little while outside. The coyote was alone. Looked to be in good health. I know that it will be back. The chickens, ducks and geese have a "yard" that is fenced with 6' welded wire that backs up to the pasture which has 4' fencing. Unfortunately, the chickens have decided that this side is better and a handful of them squeeze through the 4"x4" pasture fence to graze and bug hunt around the house. Okay, I needed to vent.