I want to have chickens. Will that attract coyotes into my neighborhood?

It depends. Coyotes can be attracted to any available food source. If your chickens are unattended and wandering, it is possible that coyotes will seek them as a food source. However, with secure, all-sided fencing (must have wire top and extend into the ground), the coyotes (as well as other predators) should learn that chickens are not a food source because they never get the chance to prey on the animals. This answer, however, is based on opinion and not fact; we have no research data to prove or disprove whether coyote conflicts will arise as a result of keeping chickens on your property.

Coyote 115 at capture

We were not able to capture the first mate of Coyote 1 prior to his death (likely from a vehicle), but we captured her second mate, Coyote 115, on February 18, 2004, at the peak of the mating season. Coyote 115 was in excellent condition at 18 kg (40 lbs). He remained with Coyote 1 constantly until her death in 2010. Their relationship was interesting to observe, where at times they were inseparable, and other times they would take short breaks from each other. Still, they defended the same territory together continuously after 115’s collaring date.