So this morning, not 20 minutes ago (in broad day light I might add), my chickens started going crazy. They were making such noise that I could hear them inside the house from 30 yards away louder than the tv. My hunting dog who was sitting on the couch beside me looked outside and started growling. My dad came over, looked outside and said, "It's a coyote!" He grabbed his air pellet rifle, which was thankfully loaded as he had been aiming at squirrels yesterday (but hadn't shot cause they 'kept moving'. Squirrels do that. ) and went outside. I stayed inside, restraining our angry dog. He walked out and the coyote like creature ran towards the woods away from the chicken coop, but then it stopped. Dad shot it, but didn't kill it. We don't think our air rifle even pierced it's skin. I went outside and checked everything. Coop was fine, chickens were fine if a bit rattled. Lucy the roo was positive he had been the one to scare it off. He was puffed up, clucking to his ladies. This coyote was massive. Way bigger than any coyote my dad or I have ever seen. We're thinking it may be a wolf hybrid as there are some full breed wolves down here, but there are more half dog half wolf creatures that were pets... The creature was grey and VERY large. We haven't killed it but I hope it knows that these chickens are protected. Now I'm wanting a guard dog of some sort... I probably won't get one, though. Why can't that darn mountain lion take care of this mutant dog problem? What good is it if all it does is terrorize the neighbors? (I've posted about this mountain lion somewhere else too.) Anyone have any guesses what this was? It all happened too fast to get a picture. And does anyone have any suggestions on how to fortify the coop? As of now the coop has a 3 foot apron, with only 2 feet of perimeter not covered. Surrounding the coop is about 3-5 inches of rock, to help prevent digging. The run is covered by 1x2 inch wire and the bottom 3 feet has 1/2x1/2 hardware cloth as well. The coop itself is sturdy, too. Don't worry, the nest box has a lid now. Best picture of the run, but lacks the paint and rock.