OK... so my wife and I just bought our first home. We have been planning to start a small backyard flock, but a recent encounter with a coyote has me worried. I live in a fairly residential neighborhood, more houses than wilderness. But last night when entering my neighborhood I stumbled upon a bold coyote who haphazardly trotted in the middle of the road, which made me feel he is very comfortable with this area. Frankly, I am more worried about my 8 pound mutt then my future flock. I fear getting chickens will increase the risk of my dog (which our vet called a coyotes perfect meal) getting eaten. I have been really excited about getting chickens I all ready bought a dog house on craigslist to convert into a coop, somebody just tell me everything will be ok.