Yea, I mean, I hate to cheap out when it comes to the lives of our chickens, but money isn't actually flowing right now...lol.
We live dead center in a city, and I know there are predators in a city, but not sure really how big they are. We have raccoons, opossums, cats, and that's about it. Never seen a dog in my yard in 10 years (or even on the street). I know once chickens come around though, predators come as well.
I'll probably just bite the bullet and grab some cloth here and there until I complete it. This whole coop didn't cost me more than about $200, so to drop that amount on hardware cloth is just hard to stomach...lol. We are only getting 3 chickens, so it would suck to have 1 or 2 get caught by a predator.