I have a 10x10 kennel that is being converted into a covered run for when we're not home. I was going to do hardware cloth on the bottom and lay about a foot on the surface like you mentioned. That would leave another 2ft or so to cover the bottom half of the kennel. From there, I was just going to use the extra chicken wire I have and wrap it around to cover another 3ft or so. Do you think that's enough protection over the fencing or should I go higher? The door area is going to be a headache to cover. I never used just straight fencing before.
That is a good question. I have dog kennels I would like to convert to chicken pens too, I am just not sure what to do. Covering the whole things with hardware cloth seems excessive. I might put a cover over them, and roosts up high in them so the birds can escape and take my chances using them as a breeding pen.
I am open to anyone's suggestions.