A few questions. The family and I have been going back and forth on what type of wire to use on our duck coop and pen enclosure. Most of us want chicken wire because of cost, but I really think we need something like hardware cloth. The coop and pen are lifted off the ground (two feet) and a wooden frame all around. We've taken inspiration from a BYC member's design (thanks!) from a few years ago http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/324522/my-mandarin-duck-pen-during-construction-photo-intensive , but will be adding almost two more sections of pen area to hold a preformed two-level pond at the far end.
So.... What to use? What is the best wire/mesh/cloth to keep predators out? Does anyone know how hardware cloth does during a snow? (thinking of winter needs)
Lots of questions! Thanks in advance!!!