I am in the center of 200 undeveloped acres. I have a 10x30 run completely enclosed in 2x4 welded wire. The bottom has hardware cloth so coons cant reach in. (If I had to do it over again, I would make the whole thing hardware cloth, to weasel proof and rodent proof.) The door to the run has a turning hasp, which I latch with a carabiner clip. I then flip the carabiner upside down. The coop door has a slide bolt, with a hole on the end, which I slip another carabiner and flip upside-down. All the windows are covered with hardware cloth attached with long thick electrical staples, then screws and washers. My rule of thumb: if a 4 yearold can open it, so can a coon. The raccoons have been quite numerous this year. My husband has gotten three this year, and I got two. Last year, we relocated the first one we caught. I will NEVER relocate an animal, even a chipmunk, again. I realize how stupid it was to transfer possible diseases to another location, and it didn't do the animal any favors. At least I know it wasn't a female with vulnerable young suddenly abandoned. I now use the .22 or the shotgun. I am not happy doing it, but I don't feel emotional about it anymore either.
I have seen coon scat on the roof of the coop, and around the outer perimeter of the run, so I know they have had meetings and tried to breach security.
. the bottom border of my run s turned up. I have tree logs(full whole trees) over the upturned wire. I then placed large field stones every 4 feet to block the logs. Lol. I knew what I was in for when I decided to raise chickens in the middle of the woods.
Someone about a mile down the road from me said there was a very big black bear in his pasture. I guess I'll soon see if my run can stop a bear.
Good luck!Edited by off-grid hen - 7/29/12 at 8:14pm