I have lost almost 1/2 of my new flock since May. All were being killed in the day time so a stray dog was high suspect. But I never saw a dog on my property. Hmmm? They one sunny afternoon across the back pasture trots a big coyote. Then the pieces of the puzzle fell in place. So I started packing a pistol. A friend came to visit and we were sitting on the porch having a glass of tea. I had laid my pistol just inside the door. The girls were just past the barnyard scratching and enjoying the day. Then I heard this terrible squawking and the girls came running and flying my direction across the barnyard. I did not even hesitate to see what the problem was but gabbed my gun from just inside the door of the house. Instinct told me I was going to need it. I spun around with gun in hand just in time to see Wylie Coyote hot on the tail of my chickens running for there lives. Again instinct kicked in and I knew if I fired a shot Mr. Coyote would turn tail and run. Not even taking time for a true aim I pointed the gun in Wylie's direction and fired. He spun around and ran. I totally missed him but instead hit the water pipe for the stock tank shooting it smooth in half. Enter "Old Faithful". I had a good laugh because no chickens were lost and I hit a 1 " water pipe from 200 yards. The moral of this is coyote's DO hunt in the day time so don't jump to conclusions as to what is killing your chickens.