This is our first year with chickens, we have an acre that's mostly fenced in, but we back up to woods. I let the chickens out of the run during the evenings when we're home, to roam for a bit but inside the fenced backyard. My two dogs were going crazy at the back door at about 7:45 last night, I went out to put chickens up so dogs could be let out and we had a coyote at the fence line pacing, trying to figure out how to get in. I got all the chickens back in the run and shut the door and let dogs out. Between my lab mix and mastiff mix as well as me yelling, the coyote left. I grabbed my sons BB gun, thankfully my husband (he wasn't home) has shown my 8 yo what to do with it, because I hadn't a clue! He was scared momma was going to hurt herself, so he took it and loaded it properly, lol! My husband said it's time to get a .22 now that coyotes have discovered our chickens, they'll be back. He's got a shot gun and hunting rifle, but doesn't want upset neighbors. Anything else we could do? The coop and run are new, run has hardware cloth and a roof so it's completely enclosed. I'll probably supervise free range time as well from now on.