I have 4 baby chicks in my suburban house here in Colorado--no coop yet. I have an area behind my garage that is about 20' x 10' where the coop & chicks will go. It is surrounded by 6' wood fence on 2 sides, garage wall on one side, and open on the fourth side. Here's the plan to keep out predators that is VERY changeable. I feel like I'm not sure what I'm doing and am open to suggestion!: -Dig trench around entire perimeter and bury 12" of hardware cloth & staple the top of it to the bottom of my fence/garage. -Add a fence of some sort to the fourth side--maybe cute picket reinforced with something. -Put the coop in the area along with a run (so when I'm not home all day, chicks can get outside). -Run: 3' x 5'. Hardware cloth on all sides including bottom (is this necessary?? or comfortable?). Can it be a 3 feet high? I don't need to get in there, do I? Maybe I can have a roof that opens for access?? Essentially, chicks will have a run attached to coop that they can access at all times. They will also have a larger area of yard to play when I am in the yard with them (or maybe just during the day when I'm home). There seems to be a lot of bottom reinforcement--can't foxes & other creatures just climb over the fence? What am I missing? Do I need the trench if I build a run with a bottom? Should I put some sort of netting over the entire area so birds don't get in? I realize this is turning into Ft. Knox, and I do have a very limited budget. However, I'm petrified of losing chicks to raccoons or foxes, and I also don't want mice anywhere near the area. Help--what's the best way to do this setup?? I'm just a mom, not that great at building things, and I'm very new to this! Thanks!!!