I'm planning to buy Premier 1 Poultry Plus Netting; make a big circle; place my hen house (which is bolted to a small trailer) inside the "paddock," and let the hens run around inside. Since we have hawks and a possible bald eagle in the area, I plan to get a swimming pool net to place over the paddock to avoid aerial attacks. However, there are places in the yard where I will move the paddock under a tree or row of hedges/small trees. It would not be possible to put a net over the paddock in those areas.
My concern is a predator climbing a tree/bush and dropping in uninvited. At night I plan to lock the hens in the house, and all the windows/doors will be covered with hardware mesh. During the day they will be out hopefully eating bugs and scratching up the dirt.
Thoughts? I appreciate any and all help; this will be the first time I've ever had chickens and I don't want to lose any! Thanks.