Hello there! I just stumbled across this forum today. I am debating starting up a chicken coop this year - never had them before, so I am reading everything I can get my hands on. But before I decide whether to take the plunge into the world of chickens or not, I wanted to get some opinions about keeping the birds in my locale. We live in a large tract of woods. There is a hawk's nest in one of our trees, we routinely see raccoons and possums on our porch cleaning up the leftover cat food at night. We periodically see fox on our property though every few months the fox hunt comes through (several dozen large hounds) and scares the fox away for a while. Did I mention the several dozen large hunting hounds that come through our property periodically? In short, I'm worried about predators. Even if I fully enclose the coop and run and only let them range in the yard and garden if I am out with them, do they stand a chance? Can you really make a run strong enough to keep all the bad guys out? We are also surrounded by public game lands, but I can only hope that the human hunters can distinguish between a chicken in a run and a wild pheasant... Opinions? Would I just be dooming the little feather heads to be someone's lunch in the middle on the night? Or if I wire it up tight, can they be kept safe? Anyone have experiences with chickens in this sort of environment? Thanks in advance!