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.

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Coyote 571 was a coyote who beat the odds, every time. She was captured first in December 2011, not yet a year old. Given her young age class and healthy appearance, she was fitted with a standard radio-collar and we stood back to see what her story would be. 571 turned out to be an amazing suburban animal. Although she did not navigate downtown Chicago streets, the Hoffman Estates/Schaumburg (IL) suburbs can often be an equally challenging network of traffic patterns (for human or animal).