HUGE Coyote Problem - Attacking Chickens!!! Help?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GomieB1050, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. GomieB1050

    GomieB1050 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2013
    Hello I'm new to the site and made an account because I could really use some advice in ending an ongoing problem that is threatening my entire flock of hens and ducks. Yeah the title basically says it all, but I'll go into detail.

    I live in an active neighborhood pretty much enclosed by dense woods near the main beach in Rhode Island. We have a large and open backyard with chickens, pigeons, and a nice garden. Half of my backyard is easily visible by all of our neighbors, which are constantly outside. My father and I own chickens illegally so before I explain to you the problem we're faced with, keep in mind that I can NOT call Animal Control because they'll most likely take away our 15 hens. I had 25 hens a couple weeks ago......

    So I got home from school at around 2:45 on a Monday, which is my dad's only day-off from work. I could see the chickens were out happily free ranging in my large backyard. I went upstairs for a little and then cam down five minutes later. I looked out of the windows overlooking my entire backyard to see a Coyote ripping apart a Rhode Island Red in broad daylight. This Coyote is as big as an adult German Sheperd. Anyways, wthout thinking, I ran outside barefoot and lunged at the Coyote but it ran away, leaving behind feathers and three dead chickens. I ran back inside to grab a weapon and then counted all of the other chickens that retreated into the garden or into the chicken coop. Three chickens were dead and two were missing. Our beloved Jumbo Pekin which was the size of my 12yr old Jack Russel, was also missing. My dad came outside and we found Daisy bleeding to death in the neighbors yard. The coyote had killed six animals within five minutes and dragged half over a two feet rock wall and into my neighbors yard. The duck died overnight which really upset me and my family.

    So the rest of that week I sat up on my roof with my 22. Caliber rifle for hours, waiting for the Coyote to come again. It did, but unfortunately I was downstairs grabbing some Ritz crackers when It came. Smart son of a b*tch was watching me. We ran outside but weren't positive if he had gotten one, as our count was still looking funny from the previous attack. This is when stuff started getting crazy. Listen to this. He didn't come back for weeks. We started letting our chickens free range again and he kept coming back. Luckily I scared him off in time but we would always lose at least one chicken... :(

    A couple days after that, he came back and dragged another chicken into the woods and wounded another within 30 seconds. By the time I got outside with my hunting knife and/or rifle, he's gone with at least two hens. He came back last week and killed a Rhode Island Red juvenile and two Ameraucana adults in about a minute. He drags them away into the woods in that time span as well! How can anything kill and be so fast? That was the latest attack.

    My family and I are infuriated and want this coyote dead. We had around 24-25 chickens. No roosters. All are/were laying eggs and now we have half of that. Now that it's winter, we're getting less eggs but we can't exactly breed/purchase other chickens or ducks with this stubborn blood-thirsty dog lurking around our coop. I know this sounds unreal but I have seen in ambush a small pack of chickens outside the coop. I'm guessing it's really stealth and quiet and then lunges. I've actually only seen it pounce out of the foliage and snag one, that's it. It's so sad I feel bad for my chickens and want this thing dead so they can free range again. It may even be a threat to humans now, even me. It is larger than a German Shepard. I wish I could snap a picture of it to show you folks how menacing this thing is. I've actually stopped chasing after it because I'm afraid now..

    Again, Animal Control and buying a larger dog are off the board. Please people give me a hand here and share some advice, experiences, and everything from A to Z. I would love to kill the coyote but I'll do whatever sounds reasonable, humane, logical, or whatever. I just want to end this now because It's getting really annoying. It's like an everyday routine. My dog starts barking, I hear the chickens squealing, and off I go chasing after a dog that can most likely injure me now. Thanks for reading and please help! :)
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Well u could try poisoning the coyote or locking ur chicks.up except for when u knowu will b outside for a period of time.
  3. GomieB1050

    GomieB1050 New Egg

    Nov 12, 2013
    Good idea. Maybe some anti-freeze? I heard that takes out predators nice and fast.. But still I want my hens to live happy! Does anyone else face this kinda problem with coyotes?
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: Quote: That's both dangerous and illegal

    Set some traps and put up some electric fencing
    Try using a predator call if you want to get a shot at it
    DO NOT put out poisons that will kill anything that consumes it
  5. Bocrates

    Bocrates Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2013
    9,000ft, CO
    My Coop
    We have a whole mess of chicken eating predators at our place. We trap them fairly often and then call animal control. However our nuisance animal laws also permit extermination on the spot. There are several different wire cages that will catch a coyote if properly concealed, descented, and baited. Be sure to check your state's laws before hand though, I can assure you that the penalty for violating a wildlife law is far worse than getting caught with illegal chickens.

    Prevention is probably the most effective strategy. We figured out that we don't have a prayer of totally eliminating all the animals that want a free chicken dinner around here, so we spent our time and money building a coop and run that most humans couldn't get into without heavy duty tools. Electric fences do work, but not when they blow a fuse, or the power goes out, or the control box dies, or the fence gets buried in the snow (a frequent event where we live). Build a run, double fence all sides and the top, secure the fencing with lots of poultry staples, bury the fence 18" deep and then concrete it in. All that will be left will be to watch the coyote walk all over the run and coop perplexed until he finally gives up.

    Good luck.

    RI Nuisance Wildlife Laws:
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013
  6. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2013
    Snare one, or bait and kill. As soon as you get one hang its body on a fence close to you chickens/property. They get the idea. This works
  7. Mehjr10

    Mehjr10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 17, 2012
    Moscow, TN
    Look into snares and a leghold traps, you will have to set in an area where there is a funnel to the trap, if you do not have a fenced area that the yote is using.. Or get a predator call and try to call it in so that you can dispatch it with a high velocity piece of lead. With the traps they will catch whatever comes by so watch your dogs if you have them. Good Luck

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