I have a dozen 3 week old chicks in a brooder in my house. We bought a used coop and set it up in the backyard with 25'x25' run around it with 6' high fencing. We already caught a fox checking it out (must smell the chickens from before, I haven't cleaned it yet).
Here's the mistake we made: We did the entire run fencing with chicken wire. Since then we've gone back and put an apron of wire on the ground about a foot out and we plan to cover it with garden rock. We've boarded up the bottom 3ft with plywood on the two backsides. I'm hoping to find a different solution for the front so i'll be able to see the girls from house when they are out in their run (boards would block my view).
1) Is the 3' of plywood enough protection for those two sides from foxes? (The top 5' is chicken wire)
2) Should I change the front two sides to hardware cloth or electric poultry netting?
3) I was also going to drape a poultry net (not electric) over the top of the coop... is a 2" hold sufficient? It's quite a bit cheaper than the 1".