Coyote attack decimates Herbfarm Restaurant’s chickens

WOODINVILLE — The Herbfarm Restaurant near Seattle has highlighted local ingredients for more than 25 years. So it was no surprise when kitchen staffers began raising their own hens.

KOMO-TV reported that they started with six and planned to expand to 150. On New Year’s Day, they learned that local wildlife had a different plan.

Herbfarm owner Carrie Van Dyck said one forlorn chicken was left but despite a solar-powered electric fence, coyotes had gotten into the enclosure and killed nearly 100 chickens. Neighboring pigs and ducks were left untouched.

Van Dyck said round one went to the coyotes but the staff is fixing the fence. Automatic closing doors will be installed on the coop. And the restaurant in the suburb of Woodinville will start over with its flock.

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