To anyone contemplating the use of chicken wire under the hope it will protect your birds from coons and other varmints, perhaps my recent find will convince you otherwise. Last year, in an attempt to determine which varmints were getting into the cat food, I setup a game camera. These showed up: So I go out yesterday and find this: That was a coon attempting to rip the remnants of a 30 pound sack of cat foot through a 1 inch hole. He got a whole bunch of it through. Laughing, I tried to get it out. Tried harder......tried really, really hard and with some effort, finally managed to pry it back out. The carnage....... This hole........the one no bigger than the hole in chicken wire and a whole lot stronger.......... So to get that bag hoisted out as far as he did, he had to reach down into that hole, grab the bag and yank the heck out of it. If that had been a chicken's head? Gone. They are incredibly strong and mean. The good news is if you have one hanging around, their willingness and tendency to reach into things like this is their weakness. They can be caught using the dog proof traps. They stick their hand in for the bait and get nabbed and they it's up to you to snuff em. Buzzards gotta eat too.......same as the worms.