So, if I'm reading your other threads correctly, you have about 72 hours of experience in chicken keeping. Am I wrong?
I'm new, too. I read a lot of threads on here about the advantages of hardware cloth, but most locals seem to do fine with chicken wire, and I was already way over budget on my coop, so I went with chicken wire. Since coons are nocturnal, and my girls are locked inside a coop at night, I feel like the risk I'm taking is within reason. Most of the posts I've seen regarding lost chickens have been with chickens in the run at night, or in a less than secure coop. Hope I don't turn around in a week and eat my words, but I had a hard time justifying 100 worth of hardware cloth to secure 15 dollars worth of chickens.