Ok, we are building a 12 x 20 aviary, night pen)-Homemade Carport- We have put a metal roof on it. I have attached 2X2 "Kennel wire down the sides and 18 out from the bottom , that is staked down, I put round stone inthe bottom for drainage (also there is a slope to the pen) and ease of cleaning and to be easier ontheir feet. (This will be divided in half , for geese and ducks). I know I needed to put smaller wire around the bottom 2-3 feet. But there is nothing within 3 counties , except poultry wire 1X1". Or hardware cloth -- which would run 2$ a foot. I just couldn't buy the hardware cloth, because it would cost another 100$ plus and I still have to fence a day yard around the aviary (dog fence, or welded wire, with hotwires) . There will be a perimeter fence, and I will let them out to day graze some in yard around the house (like acre or two).(This is already my birthday, aniversary present) I can offset the chicken wire from the bottom of the aviary several inches, so that the RACCOON, SKUNK, POSSUM, FOX, CATS etc. won't be able to grab thru the wire and any babies would be out of hands reach. Any suggestions or help or advice, I haven't thought of. I walked around and have been chewing on this for a while. I know coons could chew thru wire, but figured if it is attached perhaps, offset some from the 2x2" sides inside it would keep the geese and ducks out of hands reach? I live in a rural area in the south, with hay fields in the front . My minis- will have their own hutches with hardware cloth, within the day fenced yard. I used to have chickens and geese and learned about Raccoons and Possums the hard way I am ,I guess,hoping it will be enough.