...to the point that you don't need to close in your chickens at night? Right now I live in a subdivision and my chickens are in a dog run in our fenced backyard (which they share with our Irish Wolfhound). The just go into two dog houses at night and that's that. No need to predator proof b/c of our dog and our location. However, I'll be moving the chickens to our land here in a couple of months and doing 3 breeding pens and letting our egg layers free range. We have a coop that I can close the door, etc. for the rangers, so it's for the breeders I'm asking about. We have a ton of dog kennel panels (10x10x6). If we use those to make runs and have hardware cloth covering the entire floor of the runs as well as the top (zip tied on) would we be good to go? We have a plethora of dog houses we could use as shelter for the chickens. The only thing I can think of is a racoon could still reach into the run but they wouldn't be able to reach into the 'coop' at night so that shouldn't be a problem. Thoughts or reasons why this will/won't work would be greatly appreciated! eta: Before it seems like I'm crazy for not having enough coop space for my chickens let me say that we hardly get any snow in the winter and the temps are usually in the 40's (often higher)... they're pretty much outside all year round.