I keep reading that chicken wire will not stop a coon so today I called my older brother to ask him what it was that we kept our pet coons in when we were kids. He was an avid hunter from the age of 9 or 10 and is 6 years older than me. If he was out coon hunting and came upon a den he would sometimes bring a young coon home and we would keep them as pets. Now before you go all Bambi on me remember this was 50 years ago, and we lived on a subsistance farm a long way from nowhere. We had Hawks in cages and Owls, set rabbit traps and fish traps. But back to the point. He tells me we kept the coons in pens of chicken wire. Also our chicken runs were covered with chicken wire and neither he nor I can remember a coon ever bothering our chickens. I am not argueing that they don't bother chickens I am just saying we were never bothered in those days. We did have trouble from the occasional possum. So I am wondering if this falls into the same catagory as 2x4 lumber that then was 2x4 and now is 1 1/2 by 3 1/4. Is chicken wire getting lighter or can you buy stronger chicken wire.