I just recently got my birds and have been worried about any predators, mostly red tailed hawks, so I covered my run to protect against them. Well this morning as I was leaving for work, I noticed one small skinny German Shepherd looking animal running in a field across the street from my house. I am about 85% sure it was a coyote. I knew we had them in the area but, I guess I never wanted to believe it. Well at least one is here and probably knows that I have birds in the yard. My wife is home all day homeschooling 4 of our kids and is worried about even letting them out to play now. Since the birds are still pretty young, they are still in the coop but we have let them out in the run when we are watching or close by. I told my wife that I guess I will now have to prepare for the coyotes when/if they come looking for dinner. I have heard and read about ways to keep them at bay like leaving a radio on or motion detecting lights. Do they really work? We also have a free roaming 12 year old Maine Coon Cat, two indoor less than 1yr old cats and an indoor chocolate lab that keeps an eye and ear on things in the house and yard. Will the coyotes attack the dog if she goes to chase them or should I not use her to get rid of them? Any advice from those experienced with coyotes would be greatly appreciated.