Coyotes & Chickens & Children, Oh My!

(With apologies to Dorothy’s “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” from The Wizard of Oz) This is another of those author trivia posts. I found my old Suzy Scribbles blog the other day. If you want to read some other funny stuff, head over there and go to A Blast from the Past.

Coyotes & Chickens & Children, Oh My!

One morning, not so many years ago, my 8-year-old daughter, Kristel, came screaming into the house with an empty egg basket (her morning chore was collecting eggs). “There’s a coyote eating our chickens!” she shrieked. 

Without a thought, I snatched up the first thing I came across–a broom–and tore out of the house. Indeed, the chicken yard looked like a war zone. The hens were ravished! Infuriated at this wanton act of destruction, I looked around for the culprit. Sure enough, there he was with a chicken in his mouth. I ran after him, hollered, and whacked at him. He dropped the chicken and took off. 

 But not for long . . . Soon (and I mean a few minutes later) the coyote was back for the breakfast he’d dropped on the run. Enough of this, I thought. So I went into the closet and got out the .22 pistol. I slammed in the clip, told the kids to stay in the house, and went out in the front yard. There he was, not more than 15 feet away, with another chicken in his mouth. He looked at medaring me to take action.

That did it! We lived inside the city limits, but I didn’t care if I shouldn’t be shooting off guns in town. I took aim and shot at the coyote. He didn’t drop dead. He didn’t drop the chicken. He didn’t yelp. He didn’t move. He just looked at me. Another shot. Same reaction. I began to think I was firing blanks. Two more shots. Missed again. 

Then, apparently disgusted with my poor marksmanship, he trotted off—chicken still in his mouth. We never saw him again.

Moral: If you’re going to shoot a coyote, try some target practice first.

Kristel around the time of the coyote incident.

Published by Andi Carter

I'm the main character in the Circle C Adventures series. I live on a huge cattle ranch in 1880s California. These are my adventures.

15 thoughts on “Coyotes & Chickens & Children, Oh My!

  1. That’s hilarious ๐Ÿ˜‚ we had some friends that went hunting and the one girl shot the antlers off the deer and the other one shot the tail off๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคช how? I have no clue.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Katie Moen

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      1. Absolutely. It’s no different from cattle being slaughtered to make a hamburger or a chicken killed for fried chicken. I took great pleasure in going after that beastly coyote. My only regret is that I missed him all four times.

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      2. My family goes hunting all the time. (during hunting season ofc)
        And we are getting beef cattle as well.
        God made these animals for us to eat to survive.
        They are wonderful animals He created for us ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. Yes, but we donโ€™t live in historical times anymore! And I know WAY too many people who hunt FOR FUN! Plus, they waste the animalโ€™s bodies *shudder*!


  2. That’s why I’m vegetarian! I’ll stand for animal’s rights! And actually, it was after man’s fall (The Flood) that He allowed us to eat animals. (Genesis 9:3) (I believe being vegan is in God’s perfect will) God’s first command to us was to take care of the earth and everything in it!

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