We're rethinking our run area (10'x16' chain link fence with chicken wire on top). We got new chicks last week (lost our 3 last year to racoons). Anyways, we also have 2 (indoor) rabbits. I plan to move the rabbits out with the chicks during the day. So I'm thinking about putting chicken wire down on the ground so the rabbits cannot dig out of the run. But would the chickens get hurt when they're scratching the dirt? I'll probably put at least 6" of straw on top of the wire. What do you think? The other question is rats. I didn't have any problems with rats the last 1-1/2 years I've had my last "flock". Our neighborhood cats like to frequent our backyard. Should I be worried about getting the coop rat proof? Our neighbor's rabbits were killed by rats (they have a dog and the neighborhood cats don't visit them at all). I'm thinking about getting a XL dog house and then putting it on top of stumps for the chicks. The rabbits have a raised hutch. All of that inside the chain link fence. I would lock up the chain link fence at night so the animals can come out in the morning without waiting for me to get out there. Now I'm a bit worried about the chain link not predator safe enough. What do you all think? BTW, I forgot to close the chain link fence one night and the racoons got them last year. The racoons here are very bold, walking straight up to our porch and looking inside our house (with our cats hissing from inside).