Q: I have had chickens in the past but I now live in the mountains and am afraid to start again because of predators like coyotes. What suggestions do you have for a secure coop? Lenzy Bond, Cohutta
A: The Chicken Whisperer, Andy Schneider, says there will always be something that “loves” your chickens more than you. He suggests small runs covered with bird netting to protect against hawks. Coyotes are more difficult to deter. Chicken owners have resorted to tall fences, electric wires and guard dogs. I’ve put together a web page (BROKEN) of sites you can visit to see solutions others have tried.