Mother2Hens - I agree with you completely. I don't agree with hunting for sport or trophy. Not at all. I would never have considered killing the coyote until it started coming right up to the house. I still didn't do it, but I admit I was relieved when someone else did something about it. Part of it was my fault because I didn't have adequate fencing for day time - just my front yard picket fence. I always put them up at night but before long that wasn't enough. I wasn't prepared. I was naive and thought as long as I put them up at night they would be out of danger, so my inexperience was definitely part of the problem. We are putting up better fencing this year in case it happens again. I like to let my girls free range, but first sign of trouble they will go in the fence. We still don't have guns and although I'm not against having one to protect your livestock, etc., now is not the time for us to start with little kids in the house. Not worth it. Darthlayer - thanks for the update on the hen! I've been wondering how she is doing! Welcome pginsber! Crafty Chick - I have a friend in Nashville with 40 or so layers? Anyway, her eggs are always fertilized. If you'd like to get in touch with her send me a PM and I will hook you up. She has all sorts of layer breeds. I got my adorable RIR frizzle cross and my silkie EE cross from her.