Well, we finally have a real predator problem here. Over the years we have had minor egg eating snake problems, a possum, and a fox. Each incident was isolated and we learned from it. Our coop is 100% predator proof; covered from head to toe in 1/4" thick hardware cloth, the doors lock with sliding locks, and there isn't a 1/2" gap on the entire thing. We've even got the hardware cloth on the run buried a few feet in the ground, and on the outside and inside of the run, are big, heavy rocks guarding the hardware cloth. A dog would have to dig for 24 hours before it could get inside that thing. Now that I've gone on and on about how predator proofed we are, here is the problem. I like to let the chickens out to free range. The run is big and great and keeps them safe, but it just isn't the same as letting them free range. If I don't feel safe letting them out all day, I at least like to let them out in the afternoons when I get home from work. From the kitchen, I can keep a pretty good eye on them. We have never had problems with predators coming around when we are home. Now there is a coyote that has been coming around for the last 5 days. He is VERY bold. He has come as close as probably 20 feet away from the house. Two days ago I was in the kitchen cooking dinner, and DH decided to go for a run. He wasn't gone 10 minutes before the coyote came into the yard and was chasing a chicken. I heard some squawking and looked out the window, and there he was chasing a chicken not 20 feet away from the door! I didn't have a gun on me since I was cooking, and fortunately he ran off as soon as he heard me coming out, but I still think that is a little too bold for my taste! That thing had to have been watching and waiting for DH to leave. Anyone have any advice on how to kill this thing? I know for sure it was a coyote, and he has gotten 3 of our chickens now and that is 3 too many. We started hearing a pack of them in the woods about a 1/4 mile away this spring, and DH saw a few of them hiding around our barns a few months ago too. I've got kittens, cats, chickens, and a small dog to worry about! Fortunately they don't seem to have bothered the horses. I'm 8 months pregnant right now too, and I don't need coyotes in my backyard! Any advice would be appreciated!