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Thoughts on this coop?

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I had a question about my coop. The coop itself is built like Fort Knox. The only access points are reinforced with hardware cloth and screws with washers, and the nest box lid which has double locks. The chickens can enter the run through a door which will be made from diamond plate, and fitted in a track. My question is about the run. Right now it is just chicken wire. I have zero predator concerns during the day. Our yard is fenced, with dogs in surrounding yards, and our mastiffs dog run butts up against the chicken run, and the top is enclosed for hawks.
Do you think a predator would rip into the run if the chickens aren't in it? Since at night they'll be contained in the coop? Even if they got in the run, they won't get in the coop, so I'm not too concerned about the chickens being killed, I'm just wondering what others experience is. Would an animal dig or rip apart chicken wire for animals they can't see?
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Looks good to me. Your birds will be safe.
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chicken wire is only good for keeping fowl in not keeping predators out, a raccoon can easily rip up chicken wire. 

 

but for your questions yes, my grandparents raised chickens and locked them up every night but the coons would break through the run and then into the coop (keep in mind that was 30 years ago), 

first time owner of 21 leghorn chickens, 3 silkies and going to be the owner of 3 geese this coming fall :) also hope to be the owner of 3 ducks that plan on living with the geese where getting.   
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first time owner of 21 leghorn chickens, 3 silkies and going to be the owner of 3 geese this coming fall :) also hope to be the owner of 3 ducks that plan on living with the geese where getting.   
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