Coyotes eating our chickens!
We have our chickens in a coop house in a yard surrounded by chicken wire so they can run around outside. Lately, coyotes - or some other predator - has been digging under our fence at night, and stealing our chickens. First our one of two roosters, then our best layer, now our second best layer. Does anyone have a way to keep the coyotes out? Maybe a way to fortify our chicken yard? Even though the chickens don't cost much, it is getting frustrating to go out in the morning to find out another one has been taken. One more thing - we don't keep our dog out at night for two reasons: the coyotes around here have been known to hunt in packs and attack lone dogs, and there is a pack of about 12 or so timber wolves loose in this area. Any suggestions are much appreciated.