- Jun 21, 2014
I live in Eastern Idaho and am 20 miles from the nearest town. The coyote population is booming! yesterday I was taking a stroll with my mom and we saw 2 coyotes running up a hill in front of us. We shouted and yelled at them until they were out of sight and then continued home. Our chickens have not been bothered by coyotes for a long time although we have had graves robbed before. The night after burying a duck behind our chicken house we found that something had turned up the grave and eaten the poor quacker. We suspect coyotes. After returning from our walk we found all was well. For awhile we were in the house watching TV when we heard one of our ranch dogs barking. I ran outside and saw a coyote standing in the yard! The dogs chased it and my mom fired the gun a few times to scare it. The chickens were amazingly Ok. And just a tip if you love your chickens: pray for their good health whenever you get the chance. I believe that is what saved my birds. What can we do about the daring coyotes in our area? The ranch dogs are a slight comfort but I don't think they would chase one away in time. Our chickens are free-range and we have to many to keep cooped up.