So here's the deal. I started with 33. I had 30 Hens and 3 Roosters. Those number have RECENTLY begun to drop. I now have 26 Hens and 1 rooster (this morning it was 2). My Roosters keep committing suicide to save their girls. This has all started within the last week or so. I had all 33 at the end of August. I took a trip to CT for a few days and left my DH in charge. I came home and 5 were missing .. We thought it may be a fox issue. Never saw a thing. Today I watched one of my poor roosters charge a coyote because the coyote was going after his girls! Well that poor rooster unfortunately... didn't make it.. My dog was on a SHORT vacation in the house with myself and our son when the coyotes ( yes, plural!) hit.. My dog is very protective of his "friends". Even more so now with his recent loss of our other dog (very old). This dog used to stay out ALL DAY AND NIGHT with our recently deceased friend as well as the girls. With the passing he has been wanting to be in more (perfectly understandable being a "social animal"). I guess my question is.. having these "attacks" being so sudden are these coyotes new to the area OR has my dog been keeping them at bay?