Ok NEED HELP (coyote)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 5peeps, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. 5peeps

    5peeps Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Winterset Iowa
    So I would have never thought this but a week ago I notice a spot by the front of my fence that looked a little dug out ( didn't think twice ) well we were gone over the weekend and my neighbor came over to day and said both friday and saturday in the middle of the day I had a coyote and her pup trying to get in my yard .

    So here are my questions .

    Will they go away if they can't get into my yard ?

    I am now worried about my kids,dog,and neighbors (and that they might get upset about the chickens ) just so happens they are the only ones who know about the chickens which they were fine with ?

    I need help I have a fenced yard and I built the run with 1/2 in hardware cloth ,
    and I ran it about a foot deep all around the run , the chickens go in at night ..

    Any thoughts or ideas would be great ...
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2008
  2. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    The buried wire should be deep enough. I like to form an L shape out from the bottom of my fence. Were it me, I would get a spot where I could see the the hole and when the second head came though the opening, it would go no farther. The next shot would take care of the other one. It would be trapped in the yard once the hole is plugged with the dead one. If you live in an area where you can't shoot them, trap them.
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    You should be concerned but not worried. Take preventative action now - they will continue to come back and try to get to your chickens.

    We've had coyotes take small dogs from backyards right in town here and two young children were attacked ... that's rare, but it can happen as coyotes lose their fear of humans.

    If you can shoot them - do it. If not, trap them as panner 123 suggested.

    Your coop sounds like it is done very well and hardware cloth will keep them out. I don't know if they will dig down further than a foot - my dog will dig almost two feet down when digging holes - so using the "L" shape at the bottom would be a good idea.

    My big dogs won't let coyotes come onto our property (they used to come within 20 feet of our front door!) so having a big dog around that has some idea of guarding his/her property would be a good idea.
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    We live in a coyote infested part of the woods and they will keep coming back year after year once they find food. Maybe your hardware cloth will work for you, but I would dispose of them ASAP. When they bring their friends back to help dig, you might not be so lucky. They will also bring fleas to the yard with them and if you have a dog that goes in and out you will have fleas in the house too. Ask me how I know.
  5. Bossroo

    Bossroo Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    I hope that you find a dog that can stand up to a pack of coyotes. Both of my Boxers (27" at shoulder, 90 and 95 lbs of muscle) couldn't . My across the street neighbor's Rottwieler/ Border Collie 95lb couldn't. One comes in to bait the dog and when he chases it to the coyote pack, they tear the dog to pieces. You may find it's head and hide and maybe a couple other bones or feet, but not much else. Ask me and my neighbor how we know.
  6. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    Its a problem! The only thing we found was to get a donkey! They will take care of them in a heartbeat!
  7. chiknwhisperer

    chiknwhisperer Songster

    May 9, 2008
    Lowell, IN
    A donkey? I would have never thought of that....
  8. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    OMG! Donkey? Not boxers. That seems so odd. We have coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and rats here in the suburbs of San Diego. Can't have donkeys, just hope the coyotes don't know that!
  9. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    If you go for a dog get one that was bred for the purpose of dispatching other animals such as an Anatolian Shepard or one of the other good LGDs, and always get two unless you can find a Komondor, only one would be needed as they won't give chase, they stay with whatever they are guarding.
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Yes, a donkey will deter coyotes. I just don't have room for one in the pasture, but the rifle fits neatly in the corner of any room .

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