Thank you to everyone for their very kind comments.
Just a question: if you have netting on top of the pen, are you going to put the chickens to bed every night? Or have an automatic door? I have a pen similar to yours and the coons just climb right in and make a tasty meal. So I'm thinking of putting 2 electric fence wires up - one 6" from the ground and one 4" from the top. That should stop the coons...I don't have electricity in my coop, so the auto door I got won't work & sometimes I get home late.
I'm not positive how all this will work out when it's finished.
From what I've read chickens will put themselves to bed at or around dusk. I have no actual experience with that myself as my first chickens are less than 2 weeks old.
I do have an automatic door that I made; It was one of the first things I tackled when I started this project. I think it's on page 3 of this thread.
Which manufacture of Pop door did you go with? Or did you make it yourself?
Sorry to hear you are having raccoon problems.. I'm really trying to avoid that from happening. Are you saying you have netting covering the top of your run and they are still getting through? How many chickens have you lost?
Originally I considered using hardware cloth to cover the run, but they don't exactly give that stuff away. In lieu of costs I went with a Cutler Supply netting.. more so for the aerial predators though.
I'm really trying to avoid using an electric wire around the pen. I've used them in the past to protect my gardens from deer but it always became a bit of a pain when the grass grew up and grounded out the hot wire.
Get that pop door operating and you may not need the hot wire. Are you going to run the power yourself, or have it done? I feel very comfortable doing electrical work, if you have any questions I would be more than happy to help.