Sunday morning we were visited by what my wife believes is a coyote. 11 of my 21 birds were either killed or have disappeared. I free-range the birds, so live free - die free, of course. We live in the Republic of New Germany - also known as the former state of New Jersey. Coyote spottings are on the rise in our area, though most people don't really believe coyotes ( or bears) are in our part of the state/country. We know better. Anyway, I have a running tussle with a hawk or two. And I have seen a fox a couple years back. The coyote is new and the scene in my yard was dead bodies and feathers everywhere. Timing sucked because my flock was really producing. I was getting 14 eggs daily from 21 birds.