So I have a little bit of a mystery.. or maybe just a question about coyotes. lol A little first about my coop: I have a portable a-frame coop that only houses 2 chickens. One night last week I went out to turn on the heat lamp after dark and noticed a hole in the chicken wire of the run (not metal, but the mesh kind). It wasn't that big and the chickens were still alive and fine inside but something had obviously tried to chew it's way in. Even though I live in town in a subdivision, there is a field behind our yard where we commonly see deer, foxes (on occasion) and for the last year - one resident coyote. I was confused why my chickens were still alive. The only thing I could guess is that when I got home just after dark and let my dog out in the backyard, she must have interrupted somethings attempt at a chicken dinner. The next day I examined the back fence and could indeed see where something had pushed back the fence and crawled under at the corner. However, the hole didn't look big enough to me for a coyote to get through. On top of that, the coop is within a second fence that goes around my garden area which is a cattle panel fence(i think they are called.) Anyway, so I was trying to figure out what it was and prevent a future attack. Well, two days later, we saw TWO coyotes in our the field behind our house and have seen them every day since - sometimes multiple times a day! So they seem to be the likely culprit - however - even if a coyote could get through the small hole dug under the back fence, I can't see any way a coyote could get through the cattle panel fence to the coop! It occured to me that maybe they could jump it - but then why wouldn't they just jump the back fence too which is the same height instead of going under?! And then of course I wonder how they got back out of the yard so fast when I let my dog out that night.. if in fact she did interrupt them. My dog is a boxer and we don't leave her out at night cause it gets too cold. I had read before getting chickens that just having a dog at all would deter predators (even if she wasn't out there to guard it) cause they would smell her in the yard. I have encouraged her to pee around the coop and at the back fence to try to deter anything.. but obviously something didn't care. SO - anyone have any tips or opinions on this? Could I be wrong and it wasn't the coyotes? What can I do to keep my chickens safe now?