This is one of those times where I'm just not sure if I can explain what I have in mind. I have chickens arriving in April and I have a new coop. It has a small enclosed run with a wood floor (post with pics is here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=144226&p=1 ) But I'd love to be able to free-range them. I don't like the idea of them not being able to peck about in the yard when the dog is inside. Here's my issues: We have hawks. Lots of mad, angry, beak-licking hawks. And Eagles. They give us the stink eye and look hungry. And although we have 6-foot privacy fencing, all the neighbors have dogs so if a hen hopped over, it'd be a snack We have about 2 acres fenced and one area with lots of tall trees and bushes and sorta sandy areas. My boys like to play in there... I had thought about finding a way to temporarily fence that in so the girls could peck around in there a few times a week. It's a pretty large area - probably if you parked 2 big RVs together that's about the area - LOL. I don't want a permenant fence around it because that will be a HUGE pain for DH when he mows the lawn... Is there anyway to put a temporary fence around it that would be easy to put up and take down? Some sort of netting maybe? I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a way to do this. It wouldn't be the end of the world if they jumped over it because they'd still be in our yard and I could grab them and bung them back in (I hope). I'm a SAHM so I'm home all day and would only let them out while I'm home. I know there must be a way to let my girls free range in our yard without getting eaten. I read in a book somewhere about tying netting to pvc poles and then putting pipe in the ground or something.... and putting the netting/poles into the holes??..... I don't know.... I even thought about using some sort of camo army netting?? LOL Any advice? Someone on here has done this before right? (I should mention that these are secret chickens too....) Thanks SOOOO much!