I've been losing chickens to coyotes for the last week or so. I got up at 3:30 this morning and put myself on top of one of the small barns and waited. Right about 4:30 I thought I saw movement, but I couldn't be sure. at 4:45 I saw this coyote jump 7' and grab a white leghorn off her perch in my hay barn. The grass is pretty tall around there, so I didn't see him again for a while. I sat patiently, scanning the pasture. It helps that the bird that he was eating was white. Pretty soon I saw him trot up to a little knoll in the middle of the pasture, about 30' from the brushline. The bird was dead by this point, and he hunkered down to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lookup up now and then. When he was done with the chicken, he stood up and gave me the shot I wanted; about 250 yards, broadside. Single shot, dropped where he stood.
I waited about an hour or so to see if another one would show up, but nothing did, so I walked out to finish him if he was still alive, and found him dead. Adult male coyote, young, in pretty good shape. Good teeth, good pelt, about 35lbs. But then I found that this chicken wasn't the first one to be killed today. Usually coyotes eat every bit of meat; there were a few scraps left over because I interrupted him.
This coyote jumped over my 4' electric fence to get to where the chickens are; i backtracked him through the dew to see exactly where he came onto the property and see if I could find other coyote tracks. Nothing conclusive. Guess I'm going to have to go with a higher electric fence as my next non-lethal coyote control.
He was in the barn when he took the chicken that I saw. Not shy at all.