Hi everyone! Today, hubby and I picked up a nice 6' X 9' dog kennel, which we found on craigslist. It is 6' tall, which is nice. I'll be able to walk in to clean up. Anyway, the reason we got it, is that I have noticed that the hawks seem to have discovered my 2 hens. I have seen more and more lately, and they make me and the ladies nervous. So, I'm wondering what I can do with my kennel, to make it extra safe for chickens? The kennel will be used as a daytime playpen for the girls, not for sleeping at night. If I'm outside, they can do as they please. But if I'm not out there, unfortunately, they'll need to be in the playpen. The hawks are just way too interested. We already plan to close off the top with hardware cloth. We also plan to wrap hardware cloth around the bottom walls of the kennel, so that when the girls nap up against it, nobody will be able to grab at them (hopefully). I was thinking of maybe laying hardware cloth flat on the ground, around the perimeter, for diggers? The thing is, I'd like it secure, but not as restricted as their coop/run combo. Since they sleep in the coop/run combo, it even has hardware cloth along the ground. But, because of this the girls can't dustbathe in there like they want to, since the cloth is in the way of their scratching. I want them to be able to dig in the dirt and enjoy themselves, so I don't want to cover the ground with anything. I'm mostly home during the day, so I check on the girls frequently. So, any other ideas for my playpen?