So after asking many questions I have finally settled on what breed and how many chickens to buy. Now it is on to the building stage as I already have my two coops and runs planned. However, this leaves me with a question about what to use on the run. It seems that a lot of people use welded wire and more still seem to use 1/2x1/2 hardware cloth. The thing is, after doing some math the hardware cloth will run me about $360 per coop and the welded wire about $180 per coop and that is a rather large savings. So on to my questions. Is 1/2 hardware cloth 100% needed for a day time only run? The chickens will be locked up in their coop/hen house at night which will have 1/2 inch hardware cloth on vents and windows. It seems that 99% of the predators that people worry about are nocturnal or will be stopped by the welded fence. Save for things such as rats, snakes, etc which should be stopped by the coop. I guess I am just wondering if there is a reason for me to go with the twice as expensive hardware cloth for a day time only run. Any advice would be much appreciated.