I had my first loss this morning. Coyotes got two of my hens in the middle of the morning, about 11:00 AM. The girls were free ranging, we were all home, people in and out of the house, and yet, the coyotes came within 10 feet of my back door to grab the hens!! I'm freaking out about the boldness of the coyotes!! My son in law heard the racket and looked outside and saw 4 coyotes in the backyard. By the time my husband grabbed the gun, (we keep it locked up in a safe because we have children in the house), they were gone. We rounded up and found 10 of our 12 hens and put them back in the coop and run area. What's the best way to handle this? The coyotes will be back for more, I'm sure. Is this bizarre behaviour? I'm concerned about my 7 year old granddaughter and my little Cairn Terrier now!!