So I just started raising chicks about 6 months ago. There has not been a predator attack yet, but many very close calls. Early in the spring we had a big problem with black bears, they would tear apart our garbage and eat from my chicken feeder. I have my chickens free rangeing. The bears have not even tried to hurt or touch any of my chickens. The real concern I have us about coyotes. The other day we had some bear activitie, so I kept looking out our window to just If it would come back. The bear didn't come back but something else did. A coyote. As I was looking of my deck into the woods behind our house,I noticed the chickens were doing there usually digging and scratching, but about 20 feet to the left of them was a coyote getting ready to snatched them up. Luckily I had my pellet gun with me. I gave the coyote a little sting and it has not been back sin. Is there any oldie tricks out there to keep predators away from chickens, I would really appreciate any advice u have for me.