I have two week old baby chicks in the shower stall. We have been working on plans for the coop & run for about two months. My husband is a computer wizard. Set him to writing computer code and you won't hear from him for hours or maybe days. He is very good at it. He is not so good at the house, yard, etc. projects. He is so detailed oriented that nothing ever gets out of the planning stages. I knew this when I married him and I love him dearly, but I want a chicken coop. So after planning this absolutely beautiful coop & run on the only available space on a hillside using railroad ties as retaining walls, we realize that it is going to cost about $2000 in materials. Now we can't afford to spend that much on a coop, but my husband won't settle for anything that doesn't look good. At first he said something about drowning the chicks - I think he just wanted to get rise out of me. It worked! Besides our six chickens, I am fostering a friends two chicks so it was a bit crowded in the box. The morning after the rude cost awakening & drowning comment hubby looks in the shower stall and says the chicks need more room - why don't you tape together two big boxes so they have more room. Actually, I know he likes the chicks as he visits them before and after work. He had a pet chicken named Cluck Cluck as a kid. So I spent yesterday morning constructing a bigger box for the chicks. I even stuck a roosting dowel in for them. Well, after a days break from coop planning, it seems hubby talked to a construction/craftsman type friend and he suggested cheaper alternatives to the railroad ties and that the run didn't need to be covered. My husband and I both agreed that since we know we have bobcat, fox, coyotes, possum, hawks, etc that the run has to be covered by hardware cloth at the minimum. Night before last we had a whole chorus of coyotes serenading us. Our original plans called for the whole run to be covered by those polycarbonate corrugated roof panels. A friend told us to just use the chicken wire but she doesn't live in as wild an area as we do. It works for her but won't work for us. I am not in this to provide food for the predators. So I am a little bummed and discouraged on the whole thing but I haven't lost all hope. I guess I just needed to vent a little.