I've posted before because we lost 4 ducks, 5 chickens and a batch of 12 eggs that were due to hatch the following day - all lost to raccoons, we think. We have now trapped and dispatched 5 racoons in 3 months, but I know there are more because they've been taking eggs. Then hens are refusing to lay in the nest box in the last two weeks, I think because they see a raccoon's arm in there waving around every night so now they are laying in the bushes and all I'm finding are fragments of eggshell. Anyway, about two weeks ago another hen disappeared in broad daylight. Big mystery. No feathers no squawking. Nothing. Then a few nights ago I saw what looked like dog poop outside the hen house one morning. Like a large dog's szie wise but black. I'm english and am not overly familiar with US wild animals so I shrugged and forgot about it thinking one of the neighbours dogs had got out. Now I know better... So about 2 hours (a little after lunchtime, bright daylight, very sunny day, 88 degrees etc) I heard a big chicken racket and heard lots of flapping and squawking. I ran outside to see the chickens all running past the house shrieking. Then they carried on with their alarm calls and I heard a chicken shriek and I ran around the to the side of the house and came face to face (well about ten feet) from a big coyote. In my confused English head I thought 'ginormous fox'. It shot back into the woods. I couldn't find the chicken but I think it was one of the ameraucanas. 2 two week old chicks are also missing and their mom is searching everywhere calling for them. What do I do? I have a flock of free ranging chickens and ducks. More to the point I have a three year old who will now not be allowed outside to play. It must be desperate right in broad daylight 15 feet from a house??? I'm a bit freaked out and not sure what I can do.